Item description for When You Can't Pray: Finding Hope When You're Not Experiencing God by Al Truesdale & Albert Truesdale...
Overview Truesdale relies upon the words of well-known saints who have struggled with prayer as well as stories of not-so-well-known school teachers, truck drivers and college professors to help readers strengthen their prayer lives.
Publishers Description Among us are Christians who are the 'disenfranchised' faithful. They hear the sermon, they bow their heads in prayer, they know the hymns and praise choruses by heart, but they just don't feel they are connecting with God. They believe. They desire intimacy with the Father. It just isn't happening. When You Can't Pray is written for persons for whom the inherited formulas for prayer have broken down and for those whose prayer life has become either difficult or meaningless, or both. Al Truesdale tackles difficulties and frustrations of the Christian walk such as tragedy in a Christian's life, when a Christian experiences profound doubt, and troubling scripture such as 'You have not because you ask not...', 'Ask anything in my name...', and 'If two of you agree upon anything...' Truesdale relies upon the words of well-known saints who have struggled with prayer as well as stories of the not-so-well-known - schoolteachers, truck drivers, college professors. When You Can't Pray brings the reader full circle from doubt and disappointment to exploring the character of the Triune God who loves us unconditionally, even in our wavering and uncertainty.
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Studio: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 5" Height: 8" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date Apr 23, 2002
Publisher Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City
ISBN 0834119307 ISBN13 9780834119307
Availability 0 units.
More About Al Truesdale & Albert Truesdale
AL TRUESDALE is emeritus professor of Philosophy of Religion and Christian Ethics at Nazarene Theological Seminary. He has earned degrees from Trevecca Nazarene University, Nazarene Theological Seminary, and Emory University. Truesdale has published numerous articles and books, including With Cords of Love. He and his wife, Esther, live in the historic South Caroline low country.
Reviews - What do customers think about When You Can't Pray: Finding Hope When You're Not Experiencing God?
Little book with a lofty goal Nov 26, 2002
Al Truesdale has rendered a great service to the Church in the form of this little book with a lofty goal: To reach out to those Christians who have become disaffected with the usual forms and practices of worship, particularly prayer. Every local church includes a cadre of such folk, whether we pastors admit to their presence or not. Judging by the exodus of members from our own denominations, and the large chunk of present membership we deem as "inactive," many Christians certainly fall within the parameters of this book's title, and could well benefit from reading it.---------- "We assume that with proper guidance all Christians can practice successful communion with God," an assumption the author notes with disappointment. But "people who can't achieve these goals feel like lepers in the Church." For them, prayer is not merely impractical but a "major obstacle" in their quest for spiritual development and faithful service to God. Truesdale counters that God is indeed a God of hope, as the Bible attests, and that our faith has far more to do with God holding us than with our holding on to God. ------------ Drawing on case studies gleaned from his many years as a pastor and seminary professor, Truesdale correlates the inner struggles and probing questions of people caught in the crush of life who are yet searching for a satisfying spirituality, with the answers of the Christian faith, especially Scripture. This is no "How-to" manual or self-help pamphlet. Superficial, "try harder" solutions are debunked and dismissed. On the contrary fervent prayer is identified as an intense and enduring struggle in which believers remain painfully aware of the great distance separating the hope of God's coming kingdom from their own experience of the brokenness of life in the present. Ultimately, however, it is that hope which allows us to pray even in times when we feel we cannot. Christians who cannot pray can at least claim the hope of that faith which fills them and uplifts them through the power of the Holy Spirit.--------- "When You Can't Pray" would make for a wonderful adult study guide on the topic of prayer, as well as a useful evangelism tool for reaching those members who have become inactive due to experiences that shattered their naïve faith and sent them running for cover.