Prayer : experiencing awe and intimacy with God

by Timothy J. Keller

Paper Book, 2014

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Available

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LIV 093 ENG

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Publication

New York : Dutton, Penguin Group USA, [2014]

Description

Explores the diverse facets of the act of prayer, offering biblical guidance intended to help readers establish a prayer practice that is more personal and meaningful.

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LibraryThing member jjvors
[Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God] by [[Timothy Keller]] presents a comprehensive overview on the subject, not so much from scripture (although there are plenty of scriptures) but from the views of Christian teachings over the 2000 years of the Church. The focus is "Why pray?" and "How should we pray?" Mr. Keller presents both Catholic and Protestant views, although understandably, he leans Protestant--he is a Presbyterian minister.

I found all the material clear and understandable, but some people might be put off by the depth of his research. He covers mysticism in prayer and asks how much should we just focus on experiencing God and how much should we dialogue with God. He draws from Jesus (The Lord's Prayer), the Psalms, Augustine, Martin Luther, and John Calvin. He also refers to Paul's prayers in his letters, as well as more contemporary teachers on prayer. His overarching goal is to distill their wisdom down to a series of practical principles for praying.

If you already like Timothy Keller's other books (The Prodigal God, The Reason for God, The King's Cross), you'll probably like this book. If you're not put off by extensive research and background on prayer, give it a try.
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LibraryThing member Dr.RonBrown
Great book on prayer which makes reference to the works of Augustine, Calvin, Luther and Lewis for the modern reader
LibraryThing member RobSumrall
Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God is a fresh look at prayer from pastor and author Timothy Keller. Typically, books on prayer tend to be hyper-focused on personal experience and laying out a rigid grid for believers that, if followed, will lead to a vibrant prayer life. While Keller does dabble in the experiential aspect of prayer, he does so by looking over the shoulders of great Christians from bygone eras. Keller brings the voices of Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Owen,Jonathan Edwards and others into the contemporary conversation about prayer. What these Reformation greats have to offer is stunningly modern! More than a historical survey of prayer practices, Keller offers the reader a theology of prayer. I love Keller's insight: "Prayer turns theology into experience" (80).

If I were to offer a critique about Prayer, it would be in the application section. Keller seems to have a fondness for lectio divina, the Catholic mystical view of meditation. I don't share his fondness for this practice. While it has some positive elements (like the incorporation of Scripture into one's prayer life), the prerequisite time of clearing one's mind and relaxation smacks of eastern mysticism. Please understand me: I'm not accusing Keller of being an eastern mystic. I am, however, questioning his affection for a prayer methodology that seems so eastern.

That one critique aside, Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God is a valuable tool for the modern church. It brings some classic voices into the contemporary conversation and the reader is better for that. Also, it oozes theology, a much-needed quality from books on prayer. This book would be a great addition for anyone interested in becoming more prayerful and understanding the thinking behind and mechanics of a dynamic prayer life.
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LibraryThing member deldevries
Excellent! An engaging and inspiring journey to prayer.
LibraryThing member kaitanya64
While there was some good stuff here, I related it inky three stars because I thought Keller got through his major position point in the first chapter. Seemed like kind of a thrown together book although there were some good bits.
LibraryThing member galoma
Wonderful and helpful ideas on how to improve your prayer life.

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Original publication date

2014-11-04

Physical description

viii, 321 p.; 24 cm

ISBN

9780525954149
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