Synopses & Reviews
Advice and examples help you find your own prayer style
Discover how prayer works and why you need it now more than ever
Do you want to pray, but youre not sure how? This friendly guide explains the different kinds of prayer revealing how and why to pray and how to discern Gods answers. Youll see how to overcome hindrances, how to use a journal, and how to pray on your own. Discover what "Thy will be done" means and how to approach prayers that seemingly havent been answered.
The Dummies Way
- Explanations in plain English
- "Get in, get out" information
- Icons and other navigational aids
- Tear-out cheat sheet
- Top ten lists
- A dash of humor and fun
" 159 million Americans identify themselves as Christian, and since September 11, many nominally Christian Americans have returned to prayer." Christian Prayer For Dummies connects readers to the roots of prayer and explores the variety of prayer practices dating back to the Jewish tradition that have been used by Christians to uplift their spiritual lives. Readers will not only find a prayer form that suits their needs but also be able to devise their own family prayer services and explore events such as retreats and other guided prayer experiences.
This friendly guide explains the different kinds of prayer, revealing how and why to pray and how to discern God's answers. Readers learn how to overcome hindrances, how to use a journal, and how to pray on their own. Explanations are in plain English, and the book includes a tear-out cheat sheet and top 10 lists.
About the Author
Richard Wagner is founder and writer of Digitalwalk.net (www.digitalwalk.net), a Web-based commentary with the purpose of challenging and encouraging Christians to earnestly live out their faith in a digital, postmodern world. Richard has served in church leadership and teaching roles for more than a dozen years. He lives in Princeton, Massachusettes, with his wife and three boys. You can e-mail Richard at email@example.com.
For a study guide and discussion questions for Christian Prayer For Dummies, visit www.digitalwalk.net/prayerdummy.
Table of Contents
Part I: Signing Up for Basic Training.
Chapter 1: Discovering the Real X-Factor.
Chapter 2: Prayers: We Don't Need No Stinkin' Prayers.
Chapter 3: Relating to God: More than the Sum of All Prayers.
Chapter 4: Taking a 24/7 Prayer Adventure.
Chapter 5: The Original Christian Prayer For Dummies: The Lord's Prayer.
Chapter 6: Revealing Prayer's Secret Recipe.
Part II: Turbocharging Your Prayers.
Chapter 7: Ready-Made or Do-It-Yourself?
Chapter 8: Looking to the Scriptures for Help.
Chapter 9: Journaling the Write Stuff.
Chapter 10: Thinking Fast.
Chapter 11: Helping You Out: Prayer Enhancers.
Chapter 12: Avoiding the Potholes to Prayer.
Part III: Praying Well with Others.
Chapter 13: Going Nuclear (Family, That Is).
Chapter 14: Praying in Small Groups.
Chapter 15: Overcoming the Yadda Yadda Yadda: Effective Public Prayer.
Part IV: Tackling Some Tough Issues.
Chapter 16: Thy Will Be Done.
Chapter 17: Ask and It Shall Be Given.
Chapter 18: Lost Prayers.
Chapter 19: Hearing That Voice in the Cornfield.
Chapter 20: Healing in a Modern World.
Chapter 21: Getting Tongue-Tied.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 22: Prayers for Ten Occasions When You Need It Most.
Chapter 23: Ten or So Prayers to Teach Children.
Chapter 24: Ten Retreats and Ten Pilgrimages.
Chapter 25: Ten-Plus Recommended Web Sites.