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A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World (original 2009; edition 2009)

by Paul Miller

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Title:A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World
Authors:Paul Miller
Info:NavPress (2009), Paperback, 288 pages
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One of the best books I've read on prayer, and the best at helping us understand why we pray, and what prayer is for. Miller deals wonderfully both with the messiness and glory of prayer. He gets the balance between the need for persistence when the going is tough, with the vitality and ease that is so essential to relational Christianity. There are also several helpful chapters on the practicalities of prayer and what to pray for. Very definitely recommended — for young and old Christians alike. ( )
  markbarnes | Jan 28, 2015 |
Excellent resource for developing a meaningful prayer life! The author's personal anecdotes and prayer experiences make this book easy to read and highly motivational. I found great ideas for enriching my prayers for family and friends, as well as meaningful methods for praying over challenging situations (and people). But above all else this book will teach you how to pray as Jesus did — as a child of the Living God. My greatest lesson is undoubtedly that my own humanity is not to be viewed as a failure when my mind wanders during prayer moments but, rather, that I should simply embrace the child within and bring that scattered girl to the Throne of Grace anyway.

Do read this book. Your prayer life will be forever altered. ( )
  phrenetic.mind | Dec 30, 2014 |
Prayer being an area in my spiritual life that I feel I constantly want to grow, I was eager to read this book, especially after my wife Michelle gave it high marks as did many others.

As for me I think there is a lot in this book but it wasn't fully revealed to me because of other clutter in my heart. I might re-read it sometime and would like to but clutter is hard to rid one self of.

I did take some thought to journaling as Miller recommends so perhaps though I did not get the revelation through my actual reading, I will through journaling.

Based on what I did get out of it and what others have told me they got from this I recommend it ( )
  ScottKalas | Jun 10, 2013 |
I did not just read the book. I chewed and meditated my way through A Praying Life by Paul Miller. Unlike other books on prayer that I’ve read that seem to elevate prayer as something you should do or must do, Miller’s book describes prayer differently. It’s not a spiritual discipline to achieve or maintain.

Making “prayer” a goal such as “I need to pray more” misses the mark. Miller says our goal should not be prayer. Rather, our goal is knowing and loving God in a progressively deeper and intimate way. Focusing on prayer misses the person...

Read more here... ( )
  journeyguy | Apr 2, 2013 |
I'm somewhat ambivalent about this book. Partly because many raving reviews led to high expectations on my part and partly because this is an odd book. The phrase that kept coming to my mind while I read it was "A Praying Memoir" for that's what it felt like. Though perhaps more often than necessary, Miller gave dozens of personal stories that gave the book a helpful, earthy feel. I appreciate the author's grittiness and willingness to take all the frustrations of a praying life seriously. The book was a strange mixture of really helpful thoughts followed by too many antidotes and personal details. I can however, see how this would appeal to some readers.Using the Lord's prayer in the Garden as the primary model, Miller's treatment of Biblical teaching on prayer was very sparse and thus widely assumed. This is not to say that he did not have some helpful observations, just that this work lacked a Biblical treatment of prayer. His focus was much more on how to fit that practically into life. It should also be noted that there are several places where it is evident that Miller has been influenced by the Mystics. His mystic streaks detract some from the value of this work.The most helpful parts of the book to me included his thoughts on what it means to become like a child in prayer, praying 'in God's story,' and his prayer card system.While reading "A Praying Life," I simultaneously read C.S. Lewis' "Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer" Though I wasn't expecting many similarities, these books couldn't be more different. Lewis' thoughts were, as one might expect, much more philosophical as Lewis tried to grapple with the many extravagant promises regarding prayer in the Scriptures. Lewis seemed unable to come away with many conclusions. This reminded me that the current corpus of literature has a massive gap regarding the subject of prayer. This makes me judge Miller's effort more positively because prayer is quite mysterious. There is something good to be said for Miller's admirable attempts to, in spite of many unresolved mysteries, provide us a gritty memoir of how to pray. Notwithstanding this commendable effort, may I suggest that the reception of this book suggests that the church needs to do a whole lot more thinking (& writing) on the subject of prayer?If you are looking for a deeply intimate, highly practical treatment of how to incorporate prayer into your life, this may be helpful to you. ( )
  nathan.c.moore | Oct 1, 2012 |
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Paul Miller shares his insights and conclusions about how to connect the broken pieces of your life and allow prayer -- even poorly delivered -- to fill the gaps with meaning and substance. --from publisher description

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