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Too Busy Not to Pray: Slowing Down to Be With God

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The 10th-anniversary edition of this popular book challenges you to take time to pray, to listen to God, to respond to what God is saying to you, and to overcome prayer barriers.
Paperback, 191 pages
Published April 1st 1998 by InterVarsity Press (first published 1988)
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Dec 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
Too Busy not to Pray (Slowing down to be with God)
Bill Hybels
Inter-Varsity Press
ISBN: 0-85111-329-X

I read this book as part of the preparation for the week of prayer at Christ Church. Our vicar Warner recommended it. The back cover overview starts "Why should we pray? How can we when we are so busy?". Thats covers some of the reasons why I wanted to read it. Others include the questions of technique - just exactly WHAT can you do that will help you engage with God. The clue to this is in the sub
I read this with a group of women at my church. Having not seriously prayed in 30+ years, I found the "instruction" quite good. However, as usually is the case with book clubs, the discussions we had, whether directly about this book or other things, was almost more useful than the book.

Here are a just a few (paraphrased) lines from the book which particularly resounded with me (recently returned to God):

-"Prayer is an unnatural activity...alien to our proud human nature".
-"It is hard for God to
Nov 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Too Busy Not to Pray was a 15-week study with my women's bible study group. This study challenged us to slow down in our busy lives & take the time to pray. We learned about God calling us into his presence, inviting us to talk with Him continuously, methods to use to break down the barriers that prevent us from praying to God, recognizing how God speaks to our hearts, and most importantly listening to & taking action when God prompts us. In one of the lessons we contemplated on The Lord ...more
Aug 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
“When was the last time you prayed diligently over a period of time for your spouse, your parents or your children? Or for someone to come to know Christ? Or for peace in war-torn parts of the world? Or that God’s power would cause a revolution in your church? Or that God would put you to work for his glory?”

This is an excerpt from this month’s book and it has really challenged me to re-address my prayer struture and indeed my prayer life. I’ve come to realise that for a while my style of prayer
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title caught my eye. An easy read with good thought provoking questions. A few examples.

Being aware of the meaning of our prayers. We bless the food to nourish our bodies, even if it is greasy and we chase it with a sugary drink. What nourishment can really come from this type of food, yet we all say it.

He told the story about having to talk in front of a large group and was very worried he was going to let the bigger leaders down. Then the words to a song came to him and made him realize h
Jonathan Beigle
Mar 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book sat on my shelf for a long time because I thought I'd already read it. I'm glad I pulled it off and got a strong refresher on what it means to pray. The title of the book is interesting because I had just finished Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung. It was cool to read these books back to back. Though I don't know Bill Hybels, he has influenced me a lot through his book Just Walk Across the Room. In that book, he seems like such a humble and meek person that is willing to do anything for the ...more
Jan 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and reading it was timely for me as I have been trying to make my prayers more meaningful and to better my relationship with my Heavenly Father. It was interesting to me that right at the beginning of the book, Hybels reports that prayer goes against what we are taught from birth. We are told to be independent, yet we stop to ask for help when we pray. I like how he simply states that we just need a quiet room to pray and that is all. This means we can pray anywher ...more
Feb 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
Easily read, very practical treatment of prayer, taking up the cause of the person who would like to or used to pray, with specifics on how to get going or resume. After discussing potential roadblocks--like holding grudges or sins we haven't given up--the author offers very practical suggestions on praying.

In summary, his method is a simple technique of single-page daily journaling (great for busy people and those who go way overboard). Divide your journal page with 2 titles: "Yesterday"--an e
Brent Soderstrum
Mar 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Good book on a very important topic-our conversations with your creator. This book, along with a class I was taking at the same time, got me to make it more then a one way conversation with me doing all the talking. I learned the importance of listening and what to listen for. I also have learned to journal my prayers so I can re-examine them at a later point to see how God has answered my prayers. I know I love to hear from my kids so it should go without saying that God loves to hear from us.
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the honesty and transparency shown throughout this book. It was encouraging for me to know that at times in your life even though you may love God your prayer life can become stale or even the fire that once was so bright simmer. Its amazing feeling to know that you are not alone. Its even more encouraging to know that its not where you start its where you finish. This book really encouraged me and showed me pragmatic ways to freshen up my prayer life, the pitfalls to look for and the imp ...more
Jul 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This really put things in perspective regarding busyness and spirituality. It isn't just a book stating reasons why we're too busy not to pray and doesn't make you feel completely guilty for putting spirituality on the back burner. Instead, it provides practical tips on how you can keep God first in all areas of your life and pray more.
Sydney Drinkwater
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. Clearly written for all "levels" of Christians with down-to-earth, practical advice I will be putting to use. Deeper thoughts mixed well with real-life stories made it a book easy to keep reading.
Has Reflection & Discussion questions in the back that would make for a good Bible Study with a small group. Hope to re-read again.
Dec 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone needing help learning to pray
Shelves: prayer
Great introductory book on prayer--many books recommend too many things to implement. Bill Hybels gives a very readable, practical and inspiring way to pray daily that jump-started my prayer life when it was stalled. I wouldn't recommend someone to make this a formula for a lifetime of prayer, but it's a great structure to develop key habits and basic skills of prayer--which I use to this day.
Oct 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
I've started to get more interested in Christian books lately. This one was given to me as a grad present, and I really liked it. It was helpful and informative, as well as being interesting. I would definitely recommend it.
Sep 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Christians
I'm only half way through this book so far but it's really challenging my way of thinking about prayer (and how low on my priority list making time with God is). It's a very practical book with lots of tips, and has reminded me how important it is to pray!
Ed Marriott
I should have read this years ago and I think I'll need to read it again. Excellent discourse on the power of prayer, why and how someone should pray, and why your prayers may not be heard.
Sep 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hybels, for me, is an author (and man) who wins in the category of authenticity. He is helpful with the widsom he has, and open about his own doubts and questions. It's needed for a voice informing on categories of God's mysteries to be clear that we don't always understand things like prayer in a way that is systematized or categorical, and that there are always moments when we're at a loss that God either doesn't seem to hear or to care about what is for us a heartfelt need.

This book lost some
Ryan Hawkins
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book before my prayer times in the morning. It’s a very easy read, and most of his chapters provide a good spark to prayer. That being said, it is nothing like EM Bounds or even RA Torrey. Rather, it is a modern evangelical book explaining prayer and why it is so important. Some of his personal insight, and his emphasis on prayer's effectiveness to bring about communion with God, answers, and joy, were very helpful.

I would hesitantly recommend it as an easy read on prayer
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great book about prayer. It's important to make time for God, and the way we can do that on a daily/regular basis is by taking time out of our busy lives for prayer. Hybels had a lot of really great things to say in this book, and one of my favorites was the suggestion of keeping a prayer/spiritual journal. He mentions that not many people in this day and age live a contemplative, examined life, and that keeping a prayer/spiritual journal forces you to slow down and look at what really happened ...more
Nov 05, 2016 rated it liked it
This book was thought inspiring, and did provide me with a few take aways. I do enjoy Bill's books though and always appreciate the slow down undertone which he reminds us to live in, especially in our busy world.
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian
Enjoyed reading this clasic writing by Pastor and Leader Bill Hybels.
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was given to me by a mentor I had. I like bed this book. It is fantastic.
Karen Fenner
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent suggestions and reminders about prayer and how to improve my prayer habits.
Patrick Maccow
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great book
Chee Wai
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Must read. Every single nugget of wisdom is gold. Worth going back to again and again.
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I could barely bring myself to put it down. It inspired me to make serious changes in my prayer life and opened my eyes to having a better relationship with God
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a book to go on the bookshelf to read when you need a lift or a reminder.
John Vanbrunt,
Dec 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Too Busy Not to Pray
Bill Hybels

Chapter 6 which deals with Patterns for prayer is worth the price of the book alone.

Some takeaways from the 6th chapter:
All You have to remember is the word ACTS, acrostic 4 letters word -Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication

Adoration sets tone for entire prayer
-Reminds us of Gods identity & inclination ( I worship him for his Omnipotence)
-Purifies us who is praying Also, purges our spirt & prepares us to listen to God
-GOD is worthy of our Adora
Mar 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
Shirley Conley
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Bill Hybels is a wonderful teacher. In this book he gives great examples of how to pray and how to get into the habit of praying all the time always. His example of ACTS is excellent and I had not heard it before. I have read many books of prayer and would rate this one the best.
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Bill Hybels is the founding and senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Ill., and chairman of the board for the Willow Creek Association. The bestselling author of more than twenty books, including Axiom, Holy Discontent, Just Walk Across the Room, The Volunteer Revolution, Courageous Leadership, and classics such as Too Busy Not to Pray and Becoming a Contagious Christ ...more
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