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Before Amen: The Power of a Simple Prayer

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  3,070 ratings  ·  306 reviews
We all pray . . . some.

We pray to stay sober, centered, or solvent. When the lump is deemed malignant. When the money runs out before the month does. When the marriage is falling apart. We pray.

But wouldn’t we like to pray more? Better? Stronger? With more fire, faith, and fervency?

Yet we have kids to feed, bills to pay, deadlines to meet. The calendar pounces on our good
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published October 7th 2014 by Thomas Nelson (first published September 30th 2014)
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Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Max Lucado's newest book, Before Amen, The Power of a Simple Prayer, is a "how to" book about prayer. For anyone who has ever wondered how to approach God in prayer or just simply how to pray, this book is for you.

The book is small consisting of nine simple to read chapters.

1. The Pocket Prayer
2. Father...Daddy
3. You Are Good
4. I Need Help
5. Heal Me
6. Forgive Me
7. They Need Help
8, Thank You
9. In Jesus' Name, Amen

I loved the way Mr. Lucado started chapter one, "Hello my name is Max. I'm a recover
Amanda Geaney
Dec 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In Before Amen The Power of A Simple Prayer, Max Lucado demystifies prayer. He suggests a basic outline that we can build our own prayers on using the example given by Christ himself (The Lord’s Prayer). It’s simple, it’s memorable, and it will be helpful for anyone who wants to pray better, deeper, and stronger.

I wish this book would have been available to me when I first began to follow Christ. There was a time when putting my praises, fears, and questions into a prayer was intimidating. I did
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Max Lucado hits it out of the park once again with this excellent book on the topic of prayer!
Sep 14, 2014 rated it liked it
BEFORE AMEN arrived in the mail and my preacher/husband snagged it. I told him, I have to review this. You can have it as soon as I finish! He's like, when will that be? I said, it's due tomorrow. He was happy. Especially as his Wednesday night sermon topics are on prayer.

Okay, people call me a "Prayer Warrior." I do pray. All the time. Nonstop. I pray as I go about my day. I have the Lord's Prayer memorized (and no, that is not what I pray all day long.) I wasn't real happy to see the prayer
Cara Putman
Oct 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Max Lucado brings a fresh perspective filled with child-like faith to the study of prayer in his new book before amen. That's what struck me about the book. The way Max Lucado highlights the true father-child relationship of prayer. I read passages of this book to my husband because they so struck me. I also highlighted, underlined, and tweeted thoughts...not because they were so revolutionary. But because in their very simplicity, the concepts urge me to approach my Father God as a child. To cu ...more
Janelle Cole
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am a Max Lucado fan. Always have been!

I love to read his books because he speaks on a level that, no matter what, I can relate to. I enjoy his direct approach to teaching the reader what he wants to teach them. Most of all, I feel like if I were to meet Max on the street somewhere, he would be amazingly down-to-earth and real.

before amen

What do I love about Before Amen? That it is down to earth, real, straightforward and for everyone. You do not have to be a believer to get the things he is
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I would recommend this amazing book to anyone who is struggling in their prayer life and they are wanting to become closer to their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I liked how Max Lucado wrote in a way that was very practical and easy for readers to comprehend. I liked how he illustrated that when children talk to their father, they use simple language and they don’t have to use the most vocabulary words. I learned that prayer can be simple and it doesn’t have to be dramatic and I don’t have to pr ...more
Susan Kendrick
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Reading Max Lucado is like sitting down with a cheerful, encouraging Christian Grandpa. I hate to admit it, but sometimes I stick my nose up at Max Lucado because of his lack of theological depth; othertimes, however, I just need someone who is for me and for Jesus, and that is Max's sweet spot. This book on prayer is approachable and practical. And helpful! Good ol Max. Thanks for this book.
Josh Olds
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
QUICK HIT – In his endearing conversational style, self-confessed recovering prayer wimp Max Lucado leads us into a simple prayer that can have a revolutionary impact.


You are good.

I need help. Heal me and forgive me.

They need help.

Thank you.

In Jesus’ name, amen.

That’s the Pocket Prayer. If you boil down all the prayers of Scripture, that’s what you get. All of these or one of these or some of these. Praise to the Father. Help for us. Help for others. Thanks to Father. In the name of
Heather King
Feb 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have loved so many of Max Lucado's books so I expected to love Before Amen just as much. I was a bit disappointed. First of all, I think it's important to know what you are getting. Max Lucado actually only wrote 100 pages of this book, which is printed with extremely large print. So, it may only be about 80-ish pages of a typical book. The rest of Before Amen is a study guide prepared by his daughter. I read the book in about an hour tops. It's the typical quality of Max's storytelling and in ...more
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was packed with amazing advice and simple directions. I haven't enjoyed a non fiction as much since I read Control Girl
I would recommend this to anyone looking for a great book on prayer, why we do it, and how to do it.
Oct 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
There is never a Luado book that I don't come away from refreshed and convicted at the same time.
T. R.
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I think if you are looking for an introduction to prayer this book is really good at covering the basics.
Sep 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Prayer is a form of communication that we utilize subconsciously. Whether Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, or other, we all talk to something or someone greater than ourselves. Our audience might be God or the stars and the Earth, or the little angel and devil on our shoulder—whoever receives our prayers, we all know that a listener is better than the empty air of when we talk to ourselves. We need confirmation of our thoughts, affirmations of our feelings, and a listening ear during troubled times. ...more
Feb 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Just average. I think there should be more of a balance between the intimate childlike relationship and awe-inspired reverence when it comes to our relationship with God, so one of my main problems was that it felt like Lucado disregarded the latter part. I don't really think that was his intention, that was just how I felt. Also, a lot of chapters start to seem redundant after awhile. I did really like the ABCs of gratitude and will try to implement that into my life pretty frequently. Also, th ...more
Lisa Johnson
Sep 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Title: Before Amen (The Power of a Simple Prayer)
Author: Max Lucado
Pages: 192
Year: 2014
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
This is a book that reads quickly, which is good when one feels the pressure of much yet to accomplish. The book Max Lucado writes and shares with us is filled with nuggets of wisdom learned and things he is still learning. Many may look at the author as one who knows so much; yet, even Max would tell you he is still learning and that we a
Oct 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Received through a First Reads Giveaway

It was a nice read that did help reaffirm a bit of my faith, although it wasn't anything life-changing or ground-breaking like I'd hope--still, that's not the author's fault.

I first found Max Lucado when I was looking through my cousin's books as a little kid: back then I didn't have novels at my elementary school library, I was too scared to go to the "big kids'" section in the public library, and my house was decidedly devoid of any books except a couple
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Before Amen: The Power of a Simple Prayer
By: Max Lucado

Before Amen is a book about learning to pray. We don’t have time to pray, we don’t know what to say, we don’t know how to say it, and we wonder if God really listens when we pray. While reading this book, it was like Max Lucado was in my living room talking to me as I read. What a book!

I like to turn pages down, or highlight something to read again later. I would have highlighted the whole book. How do we address God when we pray? Father. T
Edythe Hamilton
Sep 13, 2014 rated it liked it
“Hello my name is Max. I’m a recovering prayer wimp. I doze off when I pray….Some people excel in prayer. They inhale heaven and exhale God. They are the SEAL Team Six of intercession…..Can you relate?”

Max Lucado explains that praying is not reserved for special people or the ones considered “Prayer warriors,” yet prayer is for everyone whether a believer in God or not. When praying it is suggested to reveal all sin in detail no matter, what you consider is small or big, old or new, or “evil or
Sep 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
My earliest memory of praying is when my aunt told me if I didn’t start praying bad things would happen to me. Another memory is when my mother would have me place my hand on her stomach and pray for her to conceive a child. I remember thinking… “Is this how this prayer thing works?” It wasn’t until I was eighteen years old that I understood the real power of prayer.

Before Amen show readers that there is power in prayer. Prayer is simply a heartfelt conversation between GOD and his child (meani
Lindsey Silvestrini
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I believe in the power of prayer. I believe in a relationship with God and keeping the lines of communication open. Prayer is our way to talk to him and let our hearts be known. In Max Lucado's Before Amen, he explores prayer, it's power and it's simplicity, although we often make it more complicated than it is.

Praying is intimidating to some people. They say they don't know how to pray. To others, like myself, they don't like praying out loud. Some people have grand words and seamlessly pray ou
Sep 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Max Lucado? Book on prayer? Yes please! Before this book, I had heard of Max Lucado and read one of his Christmas books, but hadn't read much of his work. I have always been interested in prayer and using it to develop a closer relationship with God, so to see a book about prayer by the powerhouse author Max Lucado, and my attention was caught.

It didn't disappoint. I am a baby on my religious journey, so something simple and direct was what I needed. It is what I got in this book. I wasn't fond
Alice William
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Most often I feel that I don’t pray enough, and at the times I do pray, I don’t think they are good enough. Before Amen was a reminder of how long prayers with sophisticated words are not necessary. Just “Oh Daddy!” is suffice. Prayer will always be the greatest weapon a believer could possess. With his very many illustrations and expounding on incidents from the Bible, Max has brought out the power of a simple prayer. It doesn’t have to be long or complicated, positions don’t matter, when you e ...more
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
i still need to work my way through the study guide in the back but I finished the main part of the book. loved it! highly recommend!
Lynn Dickerson
Mar 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love Max Lucado's books. Have been reading them for over twenty years. They are the best Christian books in my opinion. Maybe because he's a fellow Texan! This is a short and simple book about the power of simple prayers.
Michelle Hart
Aug 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016
Quickly read little book that packs a punch. When a very well-known author in the Christian publishing world starts a book with 'Hello, my name is Max. I'm a recovering prayer wimp. I doze off when I pray.', I am instantly intrigued.
Shelley Lawrence
Dec 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian, 2016
Max has such a way with words that makes you see spiritual truths in ways you've never seen them before. This lovely, simple, yet insightful book on prayer will change your life.
Mandi Goodman
Dec 02, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: digital
Good Read

I feel like this book helped me to be a bit more comfy with the way I pray. And encourages me to do so more often
Aug 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book! I'm actually thinking about buying this book. :)
Robin O'Brien
Apr 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Max Lucado shows us how to pray based on the instruction given to us in God's word, the Bible.
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With more than 130 million products in print and several NYT bestsellers, Max Lucado is America's bestselling inspirational author. He serves the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he lives with his wife, Denalyn, and their mischievous mutt, Andy. His next book is publishing August 2018 and is titled Unshakable Hope.

“If Jesus heals you instantly, praise him. If you are still waiting for healing, trust him. Your suffering is your sermon.” 3 likes
“You are never more like Jesus than when you pray for others.” 3 likes
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