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A Praying Life

Author Paul Miller
Narrator Arthur Morey
Runtime 9 Hrs. - Unabridged
Publisher christianaudio Hovel
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Release Date September 29, 2009
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A Praying Life is an honest look at the difficulties of prayer, unanswered prayers, and successes in prayer. Readers will appreciate Paul Miller's down-to-earth approach and practical nature. Parents will find his family-life experiences especially helpful.

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A Praying Life is an honest look at the difficulties of prayer, unanswered prayers, and successes in prayer. Readers will appreciate Paul Miller's down-to-earth approach and practical nature. Parents will find his family-life experiences especially helpful.

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Excellent practical guide to praying
I really like how Miller broke down the essence of prayer as a child, laid out practical steps to guide my prayer efforts [3x5 index cards] and his humility to not only journal his growth during his prayer journey, but to recount his frailty before during and after his trusting walk with Jesus to learn the what and the how to pray. A definite book to learn from!
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Review by / (Posted on 6/12/2013)
Encouraging book
In A Praying Life: Connecting With God in a Distracting World, Paul Miller offers us a different kind of book on prayer. This book has things that I found wonderfully encouraging and helpful. At the same time, this work is not an exhaustive work on the doctrine of prayer.

Positives

So many books on prayer offer lists of how to pray without seeming to be a part of real, modern, human life. Miller’s book does not fall into this trap. Paul Miller is about as real in his description of his prayer life as any author I have read.

Miller’s work is full of helpful stories and illustrations that help us to connect with him in his prayer life. Paul and his wife have an autistic daughter. As you might imagine, his stories of praying with his wife for the benefit of their daughter are touching and helpful to others who have experienced prayers that were answered by God in different ways than they expected.

I personally found myself encouraged by the way that miller talked about prayer in such a non-mystical way. Sometimes, in books on prayer, readers may get the impression that those who do not pray for hours at a time are missing the point of prayer. Of course, there is nothing wrong with long seasons of prayer. Yet, Miller shows how prayer can be beautiful for a Christian in the middle of the confusion of daily life.

Negatives

While I enjoyed this work, it was not the deepest handling of the issues of prayer. Miller teaches us more from his experience than from a systematic theological strategy. Miller cautions readers against being mislead by their own impressions while “listening to God,” but then does not offer a deep theological defense of how this issue is to be handled.

Conclusion

I enjoyed A Praying Life, and would certainly recommend it to Christians who are struggling with their own lives of prayer. I think many will find the ideas present in this work encouraging and helpful. While the book is not as theological as some might want, it certainly has much to recommend it.

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Review by / (Posted on 11/5/2010)
"A Praying Life" by Paul Miller...
"A Praying Life" by Paul Miller was the first book I ever listened to regarding prayer. It started off slow at first, but it was soon engaging and convicting. I admit I'm guilty of praying out of habit without really thinking about what I'm praying about or praying only when things go wrong. "A Prayer Life" really opened my eyes to what prayer is. Prayer is not only a time to praise and worship God, but also a time for self-examination. Why are we praying for a certain thing? Is it so we can have peace of mind or convenience? Is a person annoying or worrying us? We need to first look at our hearts to see if there is something that the Lord is wanting to teach us.
Paul Miller uses personal stories, Scripture, and practical application to help one learn how to pray biblically. Arthur Morey, the narrator, reads pleasantly.
I never really looked at prayer in that way, but praying with self-examination in mind helps humble the person who is praying and makes for a more sincere, deeper prayer life. More importantly, it deepens one's walk with the Lord.
The one thing about "A Praying Life" is that I would rather read it than listen to it. Because of the applications contained in the book, it's easier to bookmark and/or highlight a section than to search for it via audiobook.
After listening to "A Praying Life", I realize how much substance my prayers are lacking, and how much I need to work on my walk with the Lord.
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Review by / (Posted on 7/1/2010)
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