May 24, 2011

Book Review: A Praying Life

Reviewed by Sue Tanida.



A Praying Life: Connecting With God in a Distracting World
Paul Miller
NavPress (2009)
Paper: 288 pgs.

A Praying Life is premised upon something I believe is true: most Christians feel inadequate about praying because we are perfectionists about the process.

We seek perfect prayer rather than a relationship with our Creator.

Paul Miller writes simply and from the heart about prayer. His own vulnerability makes his writing accessible. He shares about challenges he has faced in his own life, including having a special needs daughter. He admits that even pastors can be distracted and imperfect in their prayer lives.

This book definitely encourages readers to stop worrying about prayer and just pray. In fact, more than once, I saw myself in its pages and stopped to pray "God, this is so me.  Please help me get over myself and get more real with you..."

I love the structure of the Daily Office, but it's important to pray spontaneously as well. I normally don't pray out loud, other than in my car (and then I feel free to get pretty loud, especially if I'm angry or sad) and Miller's book has helped me fit more moments of silent, spontaneous prayer into my life, whether it be while working out at the gym or even while using a restroom.

If you want to have a freer, more spontaneous, conversational relationship with God, I recommend this book. If you're afraid to have a freer, more spontaneous, conversational relationship with God, I especially recommend this book.

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