Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Litfuse Review: Before Amen by:Max Lucado

Before Amen (International Edition): 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.

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.

My Review:
 "And when you pray, don't be like those people who don't know God. They continue saying things that mean nothing, thinking that God will hear them because of their many words. Don't be like them, because your Father knows the things you need before you ask Him." Matthew 6:7-8 NCV

 Our words don't have to be eloquent or profound, they just have to be from the heart, that is all that is required from us by the Lord. Too many times we are so focused on how we appear to others--so much so that the heart is left vacant and that's a real tragedy.

 In Max Lucado's latest release, Before Amen, he describes to us how its more important to never abandon your prayer life and also suggests not treating it as something unimportant. It is very important to God and should be to us, His children. It is a conversation with our Father that only we ourselves can have with Him as we sit on His lap and talk about our day.

 The book isn't really a "how to" manual, it is more on how the author feels about prayer and backed up by scripture. Max Lucado is a strong encourager and explains [in my words] that we should not treat prayer as a one way ticket to getting everything we want because God will definitely see through all of that.Our one line of communication that is a more direct way I believe is through prayer.

 We have other ways maybe through worship or acts of service that we show God and others His love, but prayer, in my opinion tops them all. It is an integral part of a Christians walk and should be treated as such.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Litfuse Publicity.

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