BEFORE AMEN STUDY GUIDE: The Power of a Simple Prayer

by Max Lucado

Paperback, 2014

Status

Available

Call number

248.3

Publication

Thomas Nelson (2014), Edition: Study Guide, 80 pages

Description

"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"--Amazon.

Awards

Audie Award (Finalist — 2015)

Language

Original language

English

Physical description

80 p.; 1 inches

ISBN

0529123347 / 9780529123343

User reviews

LibraryThing member ylferif
Easy to read and easy to follow.
Theology-lite
LibraryThing member TheMadTurtle
This is a very "light" book. Lucado writes around the idea of a "pocket prayer" made up of a few short sentences that one can easily memorize and "whip out" if they need direction when praying. In the book he expounds briefly on each idea or sentence. There's some neat ideas, but not a lot of deep
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substance in the book. I read it as part of a men's study and we breezed through it quickly. It didn't keep a lot of guys' attention.
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LibraryThing member BeautyintheBinding
In Before Amen, bestselling author Max Lucado introduces readers to the power of a simple prayer:

Father, You are good. I need help. They need help. Thank you. In Jesus' name, amen.

As Jesus gave a model prayer to his disciples, so Lucado is giving a prayer that can be used quickly when time is short
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or used as the basis for a longer prayer. Each phrase has a correlating chapter to expound on the Biblical background of the thought, the appropriate application of the idea, and the spiritual blessings and possibilities that prayer can bring.

Lucado's emphasis in Before Amen is on making prayer approachable and simple for anyone. One of my favorite quotes was: “We Speak. He listens. He speaks. We listen. This is prayer in its purest form.” (pg.11) Throughout the book, I felt like Lucado reiterated the approachability of both God and prayer as well as advocated prayer as a means of experiencing deeper intimacy with God.

Before Amen is mainly targeted to Christians who desire to pray, but struggle with consistency or insecurity relating to prayer. Christians who already have a strong prayer life will likely find it minimally helpful as it is simplistic. However, I think that everyone could find encouragement in this book as Lucado often reminds the reader of Biblical truths and promises. For me, reading the chapter about God as Father was a refreshing reminder of God's love and care for each of us.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received an Advance Reader Copy of Before Amen from the publisher via Litfuse Publicity. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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LibraryThing member hobbitprincess
While this book is fairly short, it is powerful and helps focus on prayer and how to pray. Lucado is a masterful writer and story teller, and his words always hit home. The focus of this book is the Pocket Prayer, a short, powerful prayer to help guide you when you don't know what else to pray.
LibraryThing member jmcdbooks
Rated: A
My Pocket Prayer:
Abba, Father,
You are so good. You are a good, good Father. You are Holy, Holy, Holy.
I love You. I need You. Fill me. Heal me. Protect me. Forgive me.
They need You, Lord. Please send me.
And show me where You are and what You are doing;
Then give me the compassionate courage
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to follow in Your steps.
Thank You. In Jesus Name. Amen.
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LibraryThing member stpetersucc
We pray, but wouldn't we like to pray more? Better? Stronger? With more fire, faith, and fervency? Join Max Lucado on a journey to the very heart of bibical prayer and the power unleashed with six simple lines: Father, you are good. I need help. They need help. Thank you. In Jesus' name, amen.
LibraryThing member drmom62
I thought he started off well with the first chapter and at the opening of the second chapter he hit the God as Daddy fallacy.
That's when I decided to quit
LibraryThing member drmom62
I thought he started off well with the first chapter and at the opening of the second chapter he hit the God as Daddy fallacy.
That's when I decided to quit
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