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A Praying Life by Paul Miller
Finally, a book for badly praying Christians.
(That's about 95% of us.)
Reading A Praying Life, you'll learn how to become like a child running to your Father – with your distractions and all. You'll learn how to ask him for anything spiritual and earthy, including parking spots. Paul Miller's insights into cynicism will reshape your asking and your faith that undergirds your asking. By living in Miller's stories of unanswered prayer, you will learn to watch and anticipate the story God is weaving in your life. New and better questions will come to you as you begin to perceive God's story in you. To help you establish a richer praying life, Miller explains how to use several practical tools in every day life.
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Retail Price: $14.99/each
Length: 272 pages
Size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches
Part One: Learning to Pray Like a Child"
1. “What Good Does It Do?”
2. Where We are Headed Part One: Learning to Pray Like a Child
3. Become Like a Little Child
4. Learn to Talk with Your Father
5. Spending Time with Your Father
6. Learning to Be Helpless
7. Crying “Abba” — Continuously
8. Bending your Heart to your Father
Part Two: Learning to Trust Again
9. Understanding Cynicism
10. Following Jesus out of Cynicism
11. Developing an Eye for Jesus
Part Three: Learning to Ask Your Father
12. Why Asking is So Hard
13. Why We Can Ask
14. How Personal is God?
15. What Do We Do with Jesus’ Extravagant Promises about Prayer?
16. What We Don’t ask For: “Our Daily Bread”
17. What We Don’t ask For: “Your Kingdom Come”
18. Surrender Completely: “Your Will Be Done”
Part Four: Living in Your Father’s Story
19. Watching a Story Unfold
20. A Father’s Love
21. Unanswered Prayer: Understanding the Patterns of Story
22. How God Places Himself in the Story
23. Praying Without a Story
24. Hope: The End of the Story
25. Living in Gospel Stories
Part Five: Praying in Real Life
26. Using Prayer Tools
27. Keeping Track of the Story: Using Prayer Cards
28. Prayer Work
29. Listening to God
30. Prayer Journaling: Become aware of the interior Journey
31. Real-life Praying
32. Unfinished Stories
“What a refreshing book! If you’re tired of religious prayer games and rote prayers that stop at the ceiling or if you have suspected that God was on vacation somewhere, this book will change your life. And if you’re thinking about giving up on prayer, don’t! At least not until you’ve read this book. When you have, you’ll thank me for recommending it to you.” — STEVE BROWN, professor, Reformed Theological Seminary; teacher on the syndicated radio program Key Life
“Honest, realistic, mature, wise, deep. Warmly recommended.” — J.I. PACKER, professor of theology, Regent College; author of Knowing God
“Paul Miller teaches us to pray where we live: in the messiness of ordinary lives filled with kids, jobs, ministries, and other people’s constant needs and demands. He doesn’t offer shortcuts, but he does offer real encouragement and practical tools to grow deeper in an intimate conversation with God.” — CYNTHIA HYLE BEZEK, editor of Pray! magazine; author of Come Away with Me
“Prayer, the concept and the practice, exposes our core doubts and desperation for God. Paul Miller captures the promise of prayer as a gift that connects us to the heart of the Father and as a path for transforming the world. Paul Miller’s honest struggle with living a life full of prayer and his childlike delight in hearing the heart of God invite us to gratitude and call us to speak boldly to our God. This book will be like having the breath of God at your back. Let it lift you to new hope.” — DAN B. ALLENDER, PhD, president, Mars Hill Graduate School; author of To Be Told and Leading with a Limp
“A Praying Life is a deeply moving testimony to God’s power in prayer. Paul Miller shares his life and biblical wisdom to instill in us, his readers, a ‘heart that becomes a factory of prayer’—that is, a passion to speak to God honestly and in a way that will change our life and the lives of others for whom we pray.” — TREMPER LONGMAN III, PhD, professor of Biblical Studies, Westmont College; author of Reading the Bible with Heart and Mind
“Paul Miller refuses to separate the spiritual life from the rest of our daily living. In A Praying Life, he shows the difference that constant communication with Christ makes in the everyday experiences of life, especially the life of the family. Reading this book will help you make prayer a more important part of your own life story by integrating prayer into the daily routines of life.” — DR. PHILIP RYKEN, senior minister, Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; author of The Message of Salvation
“In my library, I have perhaps twenty different volumes on prayer, but none captured my heart or propelled me into fresh communion with our Father as much as A Praying Life. Finally, a book that applies the radical implications of the gospel of God’s grace to prayer! With childlike wonder, sage-like wisdom, and heartfelt candor, Paul shows us that to pray is to see Jesus more clearly and meet him more regularly in every single aspect and moment of the day. Thanks, my friend, for calling me back to what really matters.” — SCOTTY SMITH, pastor for preaching, teaching, and worship, Christ Community Church, Franklin, Tennessee
“The timely word and work of Paul Miller has had a profound effect on me. Now with A Praying Life, here he is with another right-on-time delivery! This book reveals that the secret to a prayerful life is an active understanding of the stories you are living. In every story a prayer; in every prayer a story.” — CHARLIE PEACOCK, singer and songwriter; codirector, Art House America; author of New Way to Be Human
“Like many Christians, I struggle to maintain a meaningful prayer life. Too often my prayers are hurried, shallow, and perfunctory. In his book A Praying Life, Paul Miller has provided an inspirational and helpful resource for all of us who want to pray better. Paul uses compelling stories, solid scriptural support, and insightful spiritual principles to first explain the nature of prayer and then to provide practical suggestions on how to pray. You will enjoy reading this book and then, I think, marvel at how much more meaningful your prayer life can become.” — BOB RUSSELL, retired senior minister, Southeast Christian Church, Louisville, Kentucky; author of When God Builds a Church
“Charles Spurgeon wrote, ‘Prayer does not fit us for the greater works; prayer is the greater work.’ Paul Miller’s superb book calls us back to this ‘greater work,’ reminding us of the joy we find in our Lord’s presence and equipping us with practical insight on how to recapture the intimacy and power of a praying life.” — KEN SANDE, president, Peacemaker Ministries
“Paul Miller is an artist in prayer. In A Praying Life, Miller weaves a tapestry of prayer and life. Like a craftsman teaching an apprentice, he encourages us to do the same. Life's daily events are like the disconnected strands of the warp. Interweaving prayer is the connecting woof that intersects everyday life and gives it color, texture, and purpose. Miller knows his aim. He trains by living illustrations of integrity and example.” — JOHN SMED, author of Seven Days of Prayer with Jesus
“This is as fine a book on prayer that you will ever read, but it is so much more. It is the story of our struggle to actually live like we believe that our Heavenly father really does love us. If we did, nothing could keep us from being committed to the day by day hard work of prayer. Paul exegetes our struggle in a way that is convicting, insight giving and encouraging. This is a book on prayer that actually makes you want to pray!” — PAUL DAVID TRIPP, president, Paul Tripp Ministries; author of Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands, Age of Opportunity
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