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The Art of Prayer: A Simple Guide to Conversation with Godby Timothy Jones
Synopses & Reviews
“I often shrink from books about prayer, because they usually produce in me feelings of inadequacy. I was delighted to find Tim Jones to be a sympathetic, not intimidating, guide. He writes with humility, clarity, and practicality-exactly the qualities I want in a book on prayer.”
Revised and Expanded Edition with Study Guide Included
“Timothy Jones…guides us into a life of prayer not by cramming us with knowledge and technique, but by quietly returning us to simplicity of soul and the presence of God.”
Something within us wants to grow closer to the God who loves to relate to us. But we often hesitate. Even though we have a desire to pray, questions nag us:
Can I pray when I feel distant from God?
Is it okay to ask God for help in “little” things?
What do I do when I dont know what to say?
What sense can I make of seemingly unanswered prayer?
How do I keep growing closer to God?
In The Art of Prayer, Timothy Jones honestly shares his own struggles with prayer and invites you to be honest-and hopeful-as well. Offering biblically wise, warmly instructive explorations of our questions, Jones considers how you can become fluent in the worlds simplest language: talking with God.
Includes a full-length inductive Bible study guide on prayer, ideal for small groups or individual readers.
“…wisely human, spiritually practical, and wonderfully interesting.”
- the late Lewis Smedes, author of My God and I
“…luminous prose and…lucid insights.”
"Jones (The Next American Spirituality), a campus minister and associate pastor in Tennessee, opines that many people want to talk to God but don't know how; he sets out to direct our efforts and reassure us that small steps add up. Jones employs a polished style to guide the reader with a nudge rather than a shove, emphasizing the practical over the theoretical. The work does not neglect Scripture — in the nine-page first chapter alone, Jones cites Ecclesiastes, Isaiah, the Psalms and Matthew — but it focuses on telling us how to believe, not why. As it moves through ways to approach God, what we should say in prayer and how we can improve at it, the book provides many illuminating quotes from noteworthy Christians. Sharp observations keep things moving (on unanswered prayer: 'The most difficult part is not the denial as much as the fear that we have been ignored'). A study guide with in-depth questions for each chapter adds to the manual's usefulness. Readers' responses will depend in large part on their acceptance of Jones's frequent references to his own experiences; for example, we hear about his meditation, jogging, family and career. Nevertheless, the encouraging tone and down-to-earth suggestions may prove useful to those who seek a better way to talk to God." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Interspersing the wisdom of philosophers and poets with his own honest observations, Jones gives readers a tender treasure chest of practical help, reassurance, and most of all, love.
Offering biblically wise, warmly instructive explorations of questions, Jones instructs readers in how to become fluent in the world's simplest language: talking with God. Includes a full-length inductive Bible study guide on prayer, ideal for small groups or individual readers.
About the Author
Timothy Jones leads a campus ministry at Middle Tennessee State University and is an associate pastor at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He is the author of several noted books on the spiritual life, including Awake My Soul, A Place for God, Nurturing a Child’s Soul, and the bestselling Celebration of Angels. With pollster George Gallup, Jr., he coauthored The Next American Spirituality. He lives in the Nashville area with his wife and children.
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