Saturday, September 27, 2014

"Before Amen" - the power of a simple prayer

About the book: 

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 intentions like a tiger on a rabbit. And what about our checkered history with prayer? Uncertain words. Unmet expectations. Unanswered requests.
We aren't the first to struggle with prayer. The first followers of Jesus needed prayer guidance too. In fact, prayer is the only tutorial they ever requested.
And Jesus gave them a prayer. Not a lecture on prayer. Not the doctrine of prayer. He gave them a quotable, repeatable, portable prayer. Couldn't we use the same?
In Before Amen best-selling author Max Lucado joins readers on a journey to the very heart of biblical prayer, offering hope for doubts and confidence even for prayer wimps. Distilling prayers in the Bible down to one pocket-sized prayer, Max reminds readers that prayer is not a privilege for the pious nor the art of a chosen few. Prayer is simply a heartfelt conversation between God and his child. Let the conversation begin.

Pre-order a copy of Before Amen by 9/29 and receive a FREE ebook copy of Max's best-selling Second Chances: More Stories of Grace.

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About the author: More than 120 million readers have found comfort in the writings of Max Lucado. He ministers at the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he lives with his wife, Denalyn, and a sweet but misbehaving mutt, Andy.

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My Review:
Max Lucado is an author whom has written so many books that I have enjoyed over the years and his latest, "Before Amen"  does not disappoint in the least! Prayer, it seems so easy and straightforward, yet it is something that is so easily overlooked, forgotten about until one is in desperate need and the beauty and significance is so underappreciated. Max shares the power of prayer and a basic guideline or model for each of use to use to help us really understand, use and appreciate to power of prayer and the One whom we are praying to.  I really enjoyed this book and it will be one that I will reread several times I am sure.  Not only is it so straightforward and easy to read, but the message is short, sweet and easy to read. I love the format of the book as it is divided into well-defined chapters and within the chapters that are bulleted lists, and quotes that are highlighted and grab your attention.  This book has opened my eyes to prayer and has provided a fresh approach to it for me. 

To read other reviews included on this tour, go here!

*Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for including me on this blog tour and for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

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