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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,964 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philip Yancey Narrator: Philip Yancey, Philip D. Yancey, Larry Black Publisher: HarperCollins Christian Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2006 ISBN: 9780310272526
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In his most powerful book since What’s So Amazing About Grace? and The Jesus I Never Knew, Philip Yancey explores the intimate place where God and humans meet in Prayer.

Polls reveal that 90 percent of people pray. Yet prayer, which should be the most nourishing and uplifting time of the believer’s day, can also be frustrating, confusing, and fraught with mystery. Writing as a fellow pilgrim, Yancey probes such questions as:

• Is God listening?
• Why should God care about me?
• If God knows everything, what’s the point of prayer?
• Why do answers to prayer seem so inconsistent?
• Why does God sometimes seem close and sometimes seem far away?
• How can I make prayer more satisfying?

Yancey tackles the tough questions and in the process comes up with a fresh new approach to this timeless topic. “I have learned to pray as a privilege, not a duty,” he says, and he invites you to join him on this all-important journey.

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Quotes & Awards

  • 'Gently and with intelligence and compassion, Yancey works toward a vision of prayer as a kind of 'awkward rehersal' and, ultimately, toward the kind of conversation humankind had with God at the beginning of creation.'
  • '...the author's exploration of the topic includes a candid assessment of his own sense of failure, along with his growing sense of wonder at the possibliities of conversation with God....'
  • 'Yancey's combination of talent, research, and openness about his own struggles make 'Prayer' worth looking into if you...have ever felt frustrated with your prayer life.'
  • '...offers readers' compelling insights about the topic of prayer, exploring the mysterious intersection where God and humans meet and relate....'
  • 'Philip Yancey approaches the mysteries of communicating with God in this thoroughly researched yet highly accessible book....[He] skillfully interweaves Scripture with insights from Christian thinkers of many traditions, cultures, and eras....Fresh anecdotes and relevant testimonies of ordinary people give the book a compelling quality.'
  • '...Yancey writes...as a journalist, with a sharp eye for detail and an investigative unwillingness to force conclusions. Chapters are short, but brimming with juice. Stories abound. Part of the time, Yancey just wonders about prayer. And Yancey...is a mighty fine wonderer....
  • 'Philip Yancey has done it again: taken a much-written-about topic and infused it with freshness and deeply mined relevancy....This is a valuable read for anyone: youth worker, pastor, parent, mature teen -- anyone.'
  • '..a new and powerful effort....Philip Yancey asks the tough questions about prayer that many are afraid to ask....Yancey writes as a friend and fellow-struggler, giving voice to the questions we may ponder but never bring up....This questioning process...inspires us to pursue prayer more earnestly....[This book] will encourage you as you meet with God daily and bring the details of your life before Him. You'll develop a stronger prayer vocabulary and a richer sense of the mystery and joy of prayer....'
  • '...theological substance, quality of biblical reflection, and readability...make it accessible even to those coming to faith, Bible reading, or prayer for the first time....Yancey writes more as a journalist, with a sharp eye for detail and an investigative unwillingness to force conclusions....One of the chief benefits of Philip Yancey's work is that he'll go where the evidence leads....'
  • '...one of the many small evidences of this book's forcefulness is the number of times I did put it down -- the number of times I interrupted my reading because I was inspired to pray....[This] is the rare book about prayer that, rather than inadvertently distracting me from the pursuit of a praying life, actually prompts me to pray....'
  • 'Philip Yancey is that rare example of a self-proclaimed recovering fundamentalists who is actually a spiritually healthy human being.'
  • '...the experience of reading 'Prayer' is similar to the experience of prayer itself: a meandering journey with streaks of brillance, communion, illumination, and satisfaction....'Prayer' is a reader-friendly book, peppered with vignettes and sidebars from people attesting to the power of prayer....[It] is subtle, elusive, and evanescent, inviting readers to discern their own meaning....'Prayer' can help reinvigorate a prayer life. It invites us to believe that God is listening.'
  • '[Prayer] is well researched, captivating, and meets the reader right where he/she is at in the moment....If you are like me and have difficulties in praying then this book is a must for you.'
  • 'He knows that the main purpose of prayer is not to make life easier, but to know God.'
  • 'Yancey strikes a moving chord with this book that is more full of yearning and wonder than it is of easy answers....[It's] suffused with a cautious hope....The book's strength lies in its balance, with Yancey holding equally important ideals in a beautiful tension...'
  • “Yancey strikes a moving chord with this book that is more full of yearning and wonder than it is of easy answers.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • '...a reader-friendly book...subtle, elusive, and evanescent, inviting readers to discern their own meaning....'Prayer' can help reinvigorate a prayer life. It invites us to believe that God is listening.
  • “Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bobby Kern | 2/6/2014

    " Still in the middle of this book, as I've read and re-read each chapter before moving on. I really love the way Yancey describes the relationship of God and man throughout the book. Very good read, and has thus far been beneficial to my own prayer life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 2/5/2014

    " In his insightful, quirky way, Yancey unpacks the mystery of prayer and delves into the heart of the matter: relationship with God. It was refreshing and affirming to see prayer as an opportunity to intimacy and authenticity with the God of the universe who desires and pursues his people. I took off one star only because it seemed repetitive in some ways and a bit meandering, but maybe that is the nature of the prayer... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 2/5/2014

    " Excellent - this covers just about every possible aspect of praying. A little heavy in places - I could only read a few pages at a time, so it took me some weeks to get through it. But very thorough, with some good anecdotes interspersed. Definitely recommended to anyone wanting to know more about praying. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Hinesly | 2/4/2014

    " This book is challenging and transforming my thinking about prayer! I highly recommend this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paul | 2/4/2014

    " Loved his other stuff, couldn't get into this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aunt Vicki | 1/24/2014

    " Just part way into this. I think, in typical Yancy style, it will be wonderful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samuel | 1/20/2014

    " Allows one to look @ prayer in many different angles and come to a better understanding of the true meaning of prayer. Makes one really think about how we view prayer and what really does God want from us. A good read if u r looking for something deep to challenge your mindset "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul Kelly | 1/15/2014

    " This book is encouraging, inspiring, instructive, and, most of all, honest. Great stuff. If I could only read one book this year, this would be my choice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 11/29/2013

    " I am reading this over again after finishing it this summer. It is an excellent book on prayer, very easy to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phyllis | 11/23/2013

    " Honest exploration of the practice of prayer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 11/6/2013

    " 3 to 3.5 stars, it was good but it took a long time to finish, I liked some of the rabbit trails, but just not as much as other books of his! I would recommend this to anyone struggling with prayer, for sure "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark Schmidt | 10/24/2013

    " I absolutely loved this book. This is Yancey at his best! He takes prayer to a whole new level. I think this book will be relevant for years to come. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel McNaughton | 10/9/2013

    " A classic Yancey book. Lots of tough questions. I like how he wrestles with the questions of doubt and the problem of pain. Worth the time - 328 pages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 10/8/2013

    " Yancey probes the most fundamental, challenging, perplexing, and deeply rewarding aspect---the very heartbeat---of your relationship with God: prayer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 10/4/2013

    " An excellent overview of the process of prayer, very smooth and easy writing style "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeremiah Parker | 5/11/2013

    " Yancey is an excellent writer. This book is no exception. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John David | 3/29/2013

    " Yancey asks the right questions, but he has little to say in answer to them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacey | 3/15/2013

    " We are reading this for my small group. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice | 2/1/2013

    " Read for Phoenix class. Well done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan | 1/18/2013

    " its a good book, covers a lot of the questions. yancey as always is a seeker with you, he promises no answers and just wants to understand life and God. i struggled through it, but when i did read it i did feel like i got a lot out of it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave | 9/4/2012

    " This book is being used in my bible study. This is a journey that I want to learn more about. Very powerful tool to have. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg | 6/14/2012

    " Sometimes depressing - left me with a feeling hopelessness about prayer midway through the book before pulling it out of the tailspin. Provocative, deep, sometimes depressing and sometimes hopeful, a compelling writing style never left me bored. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 5/24/2012

    " I have to admit I didn't even finish the book. I usually like Yancey, but it seemed like his train of thought was all over the place in this book. I couldn't follow it well and it wasn't hitting the spot. I know others have loved this book, but it just wasn't my style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathie | 3/2/2012

    " As a polite, protestant, evangelical pray-er, this has been wonderfully broadening in how I can think about prayer differently, and relate to God differently. It's been challenging in how I see God as well. Good stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrol | 3/1/2012

    " Overall, I didn't like this as much as previous Yancey books. It was thought provoking but slow in a lot of ways. The epilogue was very meaningful to me - can relate to his experience.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marty | 1/11/2012

    " best book I have read about prayer. Not boring at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claire | 8/28/2011

    " I loved this book and found lots of little AHA moments. There was still lots of confusing stuff as well. I do think it began shaping my prayer life, though. It encouraged me to be more free and less guilty in regards to the ongoing conversation between me & God. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Atina | 2/13/2011

    " I am currently reading Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference and love it. It makes one think about prayer in a deeper way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 1/7/2011

    " This book is challenging and transforming my thinking about prayer! I highly recommend this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 J.E. | 11/29/2010

    " Good content, mostly, and written for a lay-level like the rest of Yancey’s stuff. There are a few points I can’t agree with theologically, but they are only a few in this large and comprehensive book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laura | 11/20/2010

    " I love Philip Yancey but this book is not like his others. It is very dry and I didn't like it at all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 11/2/2010

    " An excellent overview of the process of prayer, very smooth and easy writing style "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Earl | 10/5/2010

    " Prayer is yielding to the great reality - God. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phil | 7/13/2010

    " Ok, I admit I wasn't able to get all the way through this before I finally gave up (it gets a little cumbersome) but it does seen to be the most honest and helpful work regarding the subject from an evangelical viewpoint. I know I will one day pick this back up and finish it. "

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About the Author
Author Philip Yancey

Philip Yancey worked for ten years as an editor and then publisher for Campus Life magazine. In 1980 he and his wife Janet moved to Chicago where he began a career as a freelance writer. They moved to Colorado in 1992. He is the author of 20 books, three of them coauthored with Dr. Paul Brand. He is grateful to be able to make a living writing about the questions that interest him.