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A best-selling author on a best-selling subject: Philip Yancey on Prayer

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A former journalist and writer by vocation, Yancey has written for a wide variety of magazines, including Reader's Digest and Christianity Today. Over the past three decades, Yancey has written more than 20 books, including SOUL SURVIVOR, FINDING GOD IN UNEXPECTED PLACES, WHEN LIFE HURTS, WHAT'S SO AMAZING ABOUT GRACE? and THE JESUS I NEVER KNEW.

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Editor-at-large of Christianity Today and much-published author Yancey (Reaching for the Invisible God) takes on a deep and difficult subject in his latest book. Collections of prayers are many; admonitions to pray are endless but what good does prayer actually do? Prayer, to Yancey, has many styles and purposes, e.g., lament, gratitude, and grace. Gently and with intelligence and compassion, Yancey works toward a vision of prayer as a kind of "awkward rehearsal" and, ultimately, toward the kind of conversation humankind had with God at the beginning of Creation. Highly recommended. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Yancey strikes a moving chord with this book that is more full of yearning and wonder than it is of easy answers. Prayer, he writes, is our partnership with God, our chance to join forces with God's power to confront suffering and evil head-on. Yancey is candid about his nagging sense of failure in prayer, but the book is suffused with a cautious hope; he writes of his growing confidence and joy as his prayer life has deepened from a spiritualized to-do list to a conversational communion with God. The key, Yancey writes, is that prayer is a window into knowing the mind of God, whose kingdom is entrusted to all of us frail, selfish people on earth. As with his other books, Yancey draws upon his international travels to bring a fresh perspective to the topic, detailing, in nations such as Romania and South Africa, how he believes prayer has transformed hearts and permitted bloodless change. The book's strength lies in its balance, with Yancey holding equally important ideals in a beautiful tension: action and meditation, doubt and certainty, and the unchanging God with the God who appears so moved by people's petitions in the Bible that he changes his mind. Yancey also offers some startling and insightful observations about Jesus' own prayer life. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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