Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Review - Before Amen: The Power Of A Simple Prayer

Before Amen: The Power Of A Simple Prayer
by Max Lucado
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Pub. Date: September 30, 2014
ISBN: 978-0849948480
Pages: 192
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Arriving next week in bookstores is Before Amen: The Power Of A Simple Prayer by the best-selling author Max Lucado. Though I'm well aware of the author's non-fiction works, this is the first time that I have read one of his books. I have nothing against reading self-help-type books, but the ones with a Christian theme can sometimes feel too preachy and a little force. So I was a little skeptical about reviewing a book about praying. I signed up to review the title based on the author's name alone.

This is definitely the hardest review I have ever written on this blog, as it is difficult for me to sum up the book in words. Max Lucado tackles the struggles people go through when praying. Yes, praying should be easy to do, but with all the stresses in life (paying bills, looking for a better job, raising kids, keeping a marriage working, etc.), you might not have time to pray or at least you probably won't have time to give a thoughtful prayer.

In the times of struggles many people turn to the Lord to help them get out of a bad situation, but praying isn't that easy, as most people forget to invite the Lord into their lives. Once the Lord is there, he brings many gifts, including patience and joy. You don't need to give a lecture to the Lord on your problems, as a simple prayer can work wonders.

Here is a "quotable, repeatable, portable prayer" that Max Lucado mentions in the book:

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

Throughout the book Max Luxado tells stories of real-life people with real struggle, whom turned to prayer, seeking guidance from the Lord. Never once does the author preach or force the subject onto the reader, but instead he just tells the truth and gives advice on praying. Overall, Before Amen: The Power Of A Simple Prayer is a well-written spiritual self-help book that I recommend to others.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Max Lucado Before Amen

About the Author:

More than 120 million readers have found comfort in the writings of Max Lucado. He ministers at the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he lives with his wife, Denalyn, and a sweet but misbehaving mutt, Andy.

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