Description : Collecting prayer practices from around the world, the author introduces readers to her favorites--fifty forms of prayer, worship, and meditation, with details about their history and roots in particular religious traditions. Original.
Description : Vincent Brümmer's classic book on prayer from 1984 provides a comprehensive philosophical analysis of central issues regarding the nature and practice of prayer.This new edition has been substantially revised and updated. Serving as a valuable core text for students, this book also contributes to a number of current debates in theology and philosophy of religion: the debates on realism and religious belief, on the rationality of faith and the nature of theology, on the relation between religious belief and morality, on the relation between science and religion and the lively debate among evangelical Christians in America on the 'openness of God.'
Description : Why do we pray the way we pray? Our temperament and the way we perceive God radically affect our spiritual life and our prayer life. As Jean Maalouf affirms, when we invite God into our lives through prayer, things are bound to happen. Love heals. And God's love is the greatest healer.
Description : W. Phillip Keller looks at the prayer life of Jesus in this brief devotional book designed to encourage the individual believer to draw near to God for guidance and strength. Keller covers seven prayers exemplified in the life and teachings of the Lord. They are the Prayer of Faith in God, the Prayer of Honest Confession, the Prayer of Genuine Gratitude, the Prayer of Relinquishment, the Prayer of Intercession, the Prayer of Stillness Before God, and the Prayer of Patience.
Description : A short, accessible, thorough introduction to and overview of Christian teaching about and practice of prayer, with references to prayer in other religious traditions.
Description : The Bible is full of prayers. From his earliest existence, man used prayer as a primary mode of communication with God. Prayers were made for different reasons. Prayer is an essential component to the believer’s walk with the Lord. Through prayer Christians communicate with God and receive strength. Therefore, a consistent prayer life is important. In this book, we will examine Jehoshaphat's prayer for God's protection and deliverance and Asa’s prayer for God’s presence and strength. As believers, their examples in prayer should strengthen us in the way of prayer and the art of prayer. Their examples encourage us to stand in faith in times of great distress and trouble.
Description : Prayer is not easy, yet learning to pray can be learned. The Beautiful Work of Learning to Pray is a brief but probing guide into the life of prayer. James Howell examines the many barriers to prayer (such as our busyness, how uncomfortable with silence we are, our doubts and fears) and invites the reader to take a fresh approach to the devotional life. Each lesson begins with a scripture passage and the author draws comfortably and appropriately from a rich array of other sources (Annie Dillard, St. Augustine, Henri Nowen, Kathy Mattea, Madeleine L’Engle, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, St. Francis, Oscar Romero, and the movie Good Will Hunting are a sampling.) The author’s own engaging writing style, including his ability to illumine his ideas with the shared wisdom of others, is a major strength of this book. While each “lesson” is only two book pages long, the author draws from a deep well of wisdom about prayer. Howell leads the reader through the “subjects” of prayer (e.g. praise, confession, giving thanks), and digs deeply into theological issues such as whether prayer works, prayer and suffering, and forgiveness. According to the author, “In the end, prayer draws us into community with others-- out of our “curved in” lives and into the world in service.” The Beautiful Work of Learning to Pray will be helpful to the novice in spiritual life as well as long-time Christians who are striving for a more profound relationship with God. Includes Study Guide, List of Sources, and Scripture Index.
Description : I’ve watched the Skit Guys for more than 10 years; Eddie and Tommy are storytellers. They were telling stories before storytelling was all the rage. In their latest book, the Skit Guys let us peek inside their incredibly creative minds.”-Allen Jackson, New Orleans Seminary“When it comes to skits, the Skit Guys have the corner market on the good stuff. They are engaging, thought provoking and hilarious without being cheesy or cliché. Their unique style is clean, clever, clear, and ... funny! You can’t go wrong with these two.” -Darren Whitehead, Director of Next Gen Ministries, Willow Creek Community Church“I’ve been in student ministry for over 30 years, and the Skit Guys are pretty much the greatest skit guys ever. Here’s another resource from the chimerical minds of Eddie and Tommy that will help us youth workers in the trenches. This book will aid you greatly in your continuous pursuit of excellence in the world of drama. In other words, buy this freaking book!”-Bob Johns, First Woodway, Waco, Texas (the guy that gave them their first gig)35 CHEESE-FREE SKITSIf you’re looking for fun and creative ways to involve your students in learning, you can stop looking. Skits That Teach provides you and your students everything you need to act out funny and compelling skits with total confidence.Search by topic or by group size to find the perfect comedic or dramatic sketch to help illustrate a point or just start a dialogue. The Skit Guys, Eddie James and Tommy Woodard, have tested these skits on teenagers around the country, and they’ve brought together some of the best for this great resource. Plus they give you everything you need for each skit—overview, characters, location, Scripture reference, props, direction pointers, and a complete script.The Skit Guys avoid the cheesy dialogues and scenes typically found in Christian dramas and instead bring fun characters, witty scripts, and entertaining situations to their skits, all categorized by:• Skits for Idiots (it would take an idiot not to be able to do them right!)• Monologues• Duets/Ensembles• Comedy• Drama• Scripture ReadingsTHE SKIT GUYS are Eddie James and Tommy Woodard, two high school friends who love to communicate God’s Word in dynamic and captivating ways through the use of drama, teaching, and comedy. They’ve been involved in various ministries and impacting lives for more than a decade. The duo has written numerous dramas, plays, and humorous skits that cover a wide variety of topics.They’re the authors of Instant Skits along with their own Skit Guys resources. Eddie James has coauthored four volumes of the Videos That Teach series with Doug Fields.
Description : Many 21st Century Christians have excused themselves from the Biblical mandate to engage in effectual prayer and meditation. God is unlimited, yet He chooses to demonstrate His power through prayer. Prayer Force is a call to the believer for greater intimacy and communion with God. Prayer is not a magic wand. Perhaps the chief reason believers do not pray consistently is because they do not see their prayers answered. Without Gods prerequisites, prayer remains unanswered. Misconceptions regarding prayer must be dispelled with the foundational Biblical descriptions. Priorities dictate schedules and schedules reveal priorities. If prayer is not a priority in action, it is not a priority at all. A look at Gods view from Scripture and mens view from life, combine to make this book a dynamic propeller to fight the good fight on our knees. Pastor Kenneth J. Spink grew up in western New York, the 7th of 12 children. He is a graduate of Baptist Bible College and Baptist Bible Seminary of Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Debbie, have four children. He has served as Senior Pastor of the Berea Baptist Church in Berea, OH since 1984, on the Ohio Association of Regular Baptist Churches Council of 12 and the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Council of 18. He has also served on the Baptist Mid-Mission General Council since 1988, where he presently fills the role of Chairman. In addition to his ministry as pastor, he has had numerous opportunities to develop and teach college level Bible courses. Pastor Spink has preached and encouraged believers in Hong Kong, Japan, Jamaica, Brazil, Chile, as well as Alaska and several other States.
Description : This book compares Teresa's approach to prayer with the ancient tradition of Lectio Divina. St. Teresa of Jesus is the Church's great teacher of prayer, and lectio divina, the ancient Christian approach to praying over the Scriptures, is among the Church's most venerable prayer methods. In this booklet, noted Carmelite retreat director Sam Anthony Morello shows how the tradition of lectio can assist us in following the Teresian way of prayer, and how in turn Teresa's insights and attitudes can enrich our contemporary practice of lectio. In clear and practical language, the author explains the fundamental ingredients of Teresian prayer, and relates them to lectio (reading), meditatio (meditation), oratio (prayer), and contemplatio (contemplation), the four traditional elements of lectio divina. A closing series of reflection questions make this an ideal introduction to Teresian prayer for both group discussion and individual study.