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Book Title: Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference?|
ISBN 13: 9780340909089
The author of the book: Philip Yancey
Edition: Hodder & Stoughton
Date of issue: August 1st 2006
Format files: PDF
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I've been running around with a book called "Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference?" in my purse for six months. When people would ask what I was reading and carrying around, I'd shuffle my feet and change the subject, too embarrassed to pull it out and share.
But I'm going public with this, because it's a good book! I apologize if the fact that I sometimes read contemporary spiritual self-help books messes with my friends' much-too-high opinions of me.
Yancey writes so beautifully about the discipline of contemplation and prayer - he makes me want to join a monastary (not a nunnery, nuns don't train dogs and that's my other favorite part of monk life). I kept getting choked up on BART reading beautiful stories about answered and unanswered prayers (all the while trying to keep the cover of the book hidden).
"Does he answer he question?" you ask, "Does prayer make any difference?" Well, if "um, maybe?" is an answer, he answers it. I came away from this book with a sense that hope is powerful, and it is good to cultivate a sense, almost a discipline, of gratitude in life. Also, surrender. Whether you call that "prayer" or not, and whether anyone is listening, is a different problem. But that discipline is powerful, humbling stuff.
So this is really an emotional book, not an apologetic, and it asks more questions than it answers. Like his other books, it poses a major question, and answers not with an answer, but with a CHALLENGE. I really like that. And Yancey is so aware of his faults, so honest and open about his shortcomings - I like that too, that is a strength in itself.
If you ever feel like picking up a contemporary spiritual self-help book, I recommend this one.
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Read information about the authorA native of Atlanta, Georgia, Philip Yancey earned graduate degrees in Communications and English from Wheaton College Graduate School and the University of Chicago. He joined the staff of Campus Life Magazine in 1971, and worked there as Editor and then Publisher. He looks on those years with gratitude, because teenagers are demanding readers, and writing for them taught him a lasting principle: The reader is in control!
In 1978 Philip Yancey became a full-time writer, initially working as a journalist for such varied publications as Reader’s Digest, Publisher’s Weekly, National Wildlife, Christian Century and The Reformed Journal. For many years he wrote a monthly column for Christianity Today magazine, which he still serves as Editor at Large.
His twenty books include Where Is God When It Hurts, The Student Bible, and Disappointment with God. These books have won thirteen Gold Medallion Awards from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association and have sold more than fifteen million copies. (Fearfully and Wonderfully Made, In His Image, and The Gift of Pain were co-authored with Dr. Paul Brand.) Christian bookstore managers selected The Jesus I Never Knew as the 1996 Book of the Year, and What’s So Amazing About Grace? won the same award in 1998. His most recent books are Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference?, A Skeptic’s Guide to Faith, Reaching for the Invisible God, and Soul Survivor. In 2009 a daily reader compiled from all his books was published: Grace Notes.
The Yanceys lived in downtown Chicago for many years before moving to a very different environment in Colorado. They enjoy hiking, wildlife, and all the other delights of the Rocky Mountains.
Visit Philip online at http://www.philipyancey.com.
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