A Book to Pray Through

Why We Think the Prayer Book Is Important

Prayer: Forty Days of Practice

“May love be stronger in me than the fear of the pain that comes with caring.”

This isn’t a traditional book about prayer. It is a book of praying.

Simple prayers. Maybe one sentence. Maybe two. They are broad and poetic and illustrated.

“May I cease to be annoyed that others are not as I wish they were, since I am not as I wish I was.”

Prayer: Forty Days of Practice contains four parts:

  • 40 guided prayers
  • 40 contemplative images
  • 7 reflections on the nature and practice of prayer
  • 7 practices from the historical tradition of prayer

There is no particular start and finish (but I did pray through it in the order given).

“May I have the eyes to see this as a good world in need of restoration rather than a bad world and an obstacle to my personal peace and rest.”

It’s more about the time you spend outside of the book, rather than inside the book. It encourages you to actually pray instead of just reading about prayer. It invites you to do.

“May my good works be a fruit of my life rather than justification of it.”

If your expectations are adjusted accordingly, this book is well done for what it is. As the authors say, “This book is not ‘content.’ The ongoing conversation between you and God is content.”

“May I never grow tired of starting over or helping others do the same. My hope is always in renewal and resurrection.”

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Is it easier for you to read about prayer, to talk about prayer, or to actually pray? Let’s talk about it here.

My thanks to NetGalley
for the review copy of this book

22 thoughts on “A Book to Pray Through

  1. Pam Ecrement

    Looks like a book that challenges you to be doing the praying rather than simply reading about it. This book intrigues me, but I confess I am not a big fan of reading prayers. My own prayer time most often is a written dialogue in my journal after I have spent time in the Word or as I am nudged by the Holy Spirit throughout the day. Even so, a review from you always piques my interest!

    Have blessed day!

    1. blankLisaNotes Post author

      I didn’t grow up reading prayers at all. It’s still not a practice I do regularly so I hear what you’re saying, Pam. Maybe that’s one reason this book drew me in: the prayers were so short that it left me to do more talking with my own words than just reading their words. 🙂

  2. blankLesley

    This sounds like a helpful book. We need to not only read about prayer but find ways to help us actually pray! The example prayers that you quote are great- I was especially struck by the first one!

    1. blankLisaNotes Post author

      We can all relate to what you’re saying, Donna. It reminds me of books on organizing; I love to read them, but there still comes a point when we have to lay the book down and actually DO it. 🙂

  3. blankAngela Howard

    Thank you for sharing this recommendation. Sometimes we need guidance in our conversation with God and truthful statements, heartfelt statements, that inspire us to go deeper in connection. Looks like a great book.

  4. blankYvonne Chase

    What an interesting concept for a book. I like the prayers mentioned in this post.

    P.S. we definitely need to share our box of chocolates. I’ll take all of your chocolate covered coconut pieces. Ha!😂😂

    1. blankLisaNotes Post author

      Yes, length doesn’t always determine importance. I found that these short prayers can sometimes reach me in places that longer ones can’t. It’s a good reminder to us of our words in general. More isn’t always better! 🙂

  5. blankDavid

    Looks like a useful book ($53! 😱 Not available in UK store!). I could imagine having it in my bag and digging it out as a prompt to bring prayer into my day. I like “May good works be a fruit of my life rather than justification of it.” (prefer it without the first “my”;)

    1. blankLisaNotes Post author

      Oh wow. $53 is a bit much for such a tiny book (or any size book actually!). 🙂 Your point about “my” reminds me of something the author said about “may” – he deliberately started prayers with “May I” as a way to “enter into the work God is already doing in, around, and through us…rather than feel we are responsible for chasing God down somewhere we aren’t yet living.” I appreciated the reasoning behind his choice.

  6. blankJean Wise

    sounds like a unique approach to a book on prayer. I love doing all three: reading, talking and actually diving into prayer. You do make me pause and think about the order though and I do read and actually pray about the same. It is good to pause and evaluate your practices now and then. Thanks for the reminder.

    1. blankLisaNotes Post author

      This book does have a different feel to it, although I can’t pinpoint exactly why. I guess one reason is just the brevity of the prayers themselves. They remind me somewhat of your breath prayers that you’ve written about…short but packed with a punch. 🙂

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