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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:
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In his most powerful message 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 this unabridged audio download of Prayer. Polls reveal that ninety 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. 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

  • '...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.
  • '...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.'
  • '...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...'
  • '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.'
  • '..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.'
  • “Yancey strikes a moving chord with this book that is more full of yearning and wonder than it is of easy answers.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • Winner of Best Religion Book Award Winner , 2006

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Michael Hinesly | 2/4/2014

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

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