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Prayer

Philip Yancey

Prayer

Philip Yancey

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Is your prayer life sluggish or non-existent? Do you lack passion or purpose in your prayers? Have your prayers become merely "shopping lists"? Then you need Philip Yancey's PRAYER: DOES IT MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE? It will revolutionise your prayer life and re-energise your relationship with God.

Author of numerous bestselling books - including WHAT'S SO AMAZING ABOUT GRACE? - Philip Yancey admits to being "unqualified" in writing this book, his first on prayer. In his trademark style, he sets out to answer many of his own questions, and shares his personal struggles and insights into prayer with the reader.

Yancey wrestles with the big issues surrounding prayer: Why isn't God answering my prayers? What role does prayer play in physical healing? Why does God give "inconsistent" answers to prayers? Why does prayer seem like hard work?

He draws on a vast and diverse range of sources in addressing these issues, including the Bible, Augustine, Martin Luther, C.S. Lewis and Henri Nouwen. Personal anecdotes and experiences with prayer are also interspersed throughout the book from interviews with Yancey's friends and acquaintances.

In the same easy-to-read style as other Yancey titles, this book reveals some foundational, yet life-changing insights about prayer:

* Prayer re-aligns our worldview, and view of ourselves, with God's viewpoint.
* Prayer is not merely a transaction - it is about a relationship, or keeping company with God
* Prayer changes our character and spiritual life
* Prayer can shape world events and the lives of others
* Prayer affects God

In addition to answering many philosophical and mystical issues about prayer, this book also contains helpful practical advice on how to pray and what to pray for.

PRAYER: DOES IT MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE? is not only one of the most honest and influential books on prayer in years, it is an invaluable resource in continuing to shape the reader's spiritual life. It deserves to be re-read, pondered upon, its text underlined and pages earmarked.

Once again Philip Yancey has breathed new life into an essential part of Christian faith. This book is a must-read in helping restore joy to your everyday walk with God.
- Koorong Review.

Why is it that prayer ranks so high on surveys of importance, and so low on surveys of satisfaction? Multi-award winning journalist and writer Philip Yancey has written books exploring many of the mysteries and wonders of the spiritual life, including faith, grace and suffering. But perhaps his greatest challenge to date is to explain the most foundational aspect of our relationship with God - prayer.

What is prayer? What difference does it make? Why and how should we pray? What about unanswered prayer? How should we understand prayer for physical healing?

His quest to unravel these mysteries reads as the journal of a fellow traveller: observing, questioning, lamenting the unexplainable and rejoicing in the discovery of awesome insights. His journey is beautifully illustrated with moving true stories drawn from around the world.
- Publisher.

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About "Prayer"

Is your prayer life sluggish or non-existent? Do you lack passion or purpose in your prayers? Have your prayers become merely "shopping lists"? Then you need Philip Yancey's PRAYER: DOES IT MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE? It will revolutionise your prayer life and re-energise your relationship with God.

Author of numerous bestselling books - including WHAT'S SO AMAZING ABOUT GRACE? - Philip Yancey admits to being "unqualified" in writing this book, his first on prayer. In his trademark style, he sets out to answer many of his own questions, and shares his personal struggles and insights into prayer with the reader.

Yancey wrestles with the big issues surrounding prayer: Why isn't God answering my prayers? What role does prayer play in physical healing? Why does God give "inconsistent" answers to prayers? Why does prayer seem like hard work?

He draws on a vast and diverse range of sources in addressing these issues, including the Bible, Augustine, Martin Luther, C.S. Lewis and Henri Nouwen. Personal anecdotes and experiences with prayer are also interspersed throughout the book from interviews with Yancey's friends and acquaintances.

In the same easy-to-read style as other Yancey titles, this book reveals some foundational, yet life-changing insights about prayer:

* Prayer re-aligns our worldview, and view of ourselves, with God's viewpoint.
* Prayer is not merely a transaction - it is about a relationship, or keeping company with God
* Prayer changes our character and spiritual life
* Prayer can shape world events and the lives of others
* Prayer affects God

In addition to answering many philosophical and mystical issues about prayer, this book also contains helpful practical advice on how to pray and what to pray for.

PRAYER: DOES IT MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE? is not only one of the most honest and influential books on prayer in years, it is an invaluable resource in continuing to shape the reader's spiritual life. It deserves to be re-read, pondered upon, its text underlined and pages earmarked.

Once again Philip Yancey has breathed new life into an essential part of Christian faith. This book is a must-read in helping restore joy to your everyday walk with God.
- Koorong Review.

Why is it that prayer ranks so high on surveys of importance, and so low on surveys of satisfaction? Multi-award winning journalist and writer Philip Yancey has written books exploring many of the mysteries and wonders of the spiritual life, including faith, grace and suffering. But perhaps his greatest challenge to date is to explain the most foundational aspect of our relationship with God - prayer.

What is prayer? What difference does it make? Why and how should we pray? What about unanswered prayer? How should we understand prayer for physical healing?

His quest to unravel these mysteries reads as the journal of a fellow traveller: observing, questioning, lamenting the unexplainable and rejoicing in the discovery of awesome insights. His journey is beautifully illustrated with moving true stories drawn from around the world.
- Publisher.
- Koorong

Multi-award winning spirituality writer Philip Yancey is loved throughout the world for his honest, insightful and inspirational writing. PRAYER: DOES IT MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE? carries all the hallmarks of classic Yancey, a journalist by training. His quest to unravel the mysteries of prayer reads as the journal of a fellow traveller: questioning, challenging, lamenting the unexplainable and rejoicing in the discovery of awesome insights. His journey is beautifully illustrated with moving true stories drawn from around the world. PRAYER: DOES IT MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE? tackles the following questions: What is prayer? What difference does it make? Why and how should we pray? What about unanswered prayer? How should we understand prayer for physical healing? Focusing on such a universal theme, this is potentially Yancey's biggest book yet. To date, his books have sold over 14 million copies, and have been translated into 25 languages. His first book with Hodder, SOUL SURVIVOR, sold over 90,000 copies in just five years.
- Publisher

Meet the Author

Philip Yancey

Growing up in a strict, fundamentalist church in the southern USA, a young Philip Yancey tended to view God as 'a scowling Supercop, searching for anyone who might be having a good time in order to squash them.' Yancey jokes today about being 'in recovery' from a toxic church. 'Of course, there were good qualities too. If a neighbour's house burned down, the congregation would rally around and show charity if, that is, the house belonged to a white person. I grew up confused by the contradictions. We heard about love and grace, but I didn't experience much. And we were taught that God answers prayers, miraculously, but my father died of polio just after my first birthday, despite many prayers for his healing.'

For Yancey, reading offered a window to a different world. So, he devoured books that opened his mind, challenged his upbringing, and went against what he had been taught. A sense of betrayal engulfed him. 'I felt I had been lied to. For instance, what I learned from a book like To Kill a Mockingbird or Black Like Me contradicted the racism I encountered in church. I went through a period of reacting against everything I was taught and even discarding my faith. I began my journey back mainly by encountering a world very different than I had been taught, an expansive world of beauty and goodness. Along the way I realized that God had been misrepresented to me. Cautiously, warily, I returned, circling around the faith to see if it might be true.'

Ever since Yancey has explored the most basic questions and deepest mysteries of the Christian faith, taking millions of readers with him. Early on he crafted best-selling books such as Disappointment with God and Where is God When it Hurts? while also editing The Student Bible. He co-authored three books with the renowned surgeon Dr. Paul Brand. 'No one has influenced me more' he says. 'We had quite a trade: I gave words to his faith, and in the process he gave faith to my words.' More recently, he has felt the freedom to explore central issues of the Christian faith, penning award-winning titles such as The Jesus I Never Knew, What's So Amazing About Grace? and Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference? His books have garnered 13 Gold Medallion Awards from Christian publishers and booksellers. He currently has more than 15 million books in print, published in 35 languages worldwide.

Yancey worked as a journalist in Chicago for some twenty years, editing the youth magazine Campus Life while also writing for a wide variety of magazines including Reader's Digest, Saturday Evening Post, National Wildlife, and Christianity Today. In the process he interviewed diverse people enriched by their personal faith, such as President Jimmy Carter, Habitat for Humanity founder Millard Fuller, and Dame Cicely Saunders, founder of the modern hospice movement. In 1992 he and his wife Janet, a social worker and hospice chaplain, moved to the foothills of Colorado. His writing took a more personal, introspective turn even as his activities turned outward. 'Writing is such an introspective act that I found myself looking for ways to connect with the planet bodily. My interests include skiing, climbing mountains, mountain-biking, golf, international travel, jogging, nature, theology (in small doses), politics, literature, and classical music.'

'I write books for myself,' he says. 'I'm a pilgrim, recovering from a bad church upbringing, searching for a faith that makes its followers larger and not smaller. I feel overwhelming gratitude that I can make a living writing about the questions that most interest me. My books are a process of exploration and investigation of things I wonder about and worry about.' Yancey writes with an eye for detail, irony, and honest skepticism.

So, just how does a man who's been through all Yancey has, draw close to the God he once feared? He spends about an hour each morning reading spiritually nourishing books, meditating, and praying. This morning time, he says, helps him 'align' himself with God for the day. 'I tend to go back to the Bible as a model, because I don't know a more honest book,' Yancey explains. 'I can't think of any argument against God that isn't already included in the Bible. To those who struggle with my books, I reply, 'Then maybe you shouldn't be reading them. Yet some people do need the kinds of books I write. They've been burned by the church or they're upset about certain aspects of Christianity. I understand that feeling of disappointment, even betrayal. I feel called to speak to those living in the borderlands of faith.' He lives with his wife in Colorado.

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5 stars By Amanda , Jul 02 2014
This easy to read book answers all the tough questions I had about prayer. And it comes from a strong biblical perspective. It helped me to understand what prayer is, how to pray and that it does make a difference. I use it as a reference book in my bible study group at times because it offers helpful explanations to some of the tricky questions like 'does God really change his mind?' or 'what if two groups are praying for different prayers' or ' what if Gods answer to prayer is NO'
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A great book
4 stars By Jo, Sep 15 2013
Philip Yancey is one of my favourite writers and I have read several of his books. This is another great book that he has written. There are always a lot of questions surrounding prayer, sometimes prayers seem futile and unanswered. Philip Yancey has addressed this common question of whether or not prayer makes any difference when sometimes God seems silent and distant. It will re-energise prayer life, particularly for those who are experiencing a dry period.
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  • Catalogue Code 271290
  • Product Code 9780340909096
  • ISBN 0340909099
  • EAN 9780340909096
  • Pages 368
  • Department General Books
  • Category Prayer
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Hodder & Stoughton
  • Publication Date Jun 2008
  • Sales Rank #47296
  • Dimensions 198 x 133 x 25 mm
  • Weight 0.254kg

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