Item description for Too Busy Not to Pray: Slowing Down to Be With God by Bill Hybels & Robertson Dean...
Overview Hybels's accessible introduction to prayer has already helped over 400,000 readers develop a rich and regular prayer life in the midst of life's busyness. He shows how to slow down to pray, listen to God, respond to what we hear, practice the presence of God and overcome prayer barriers.
Publishers Description Most of us have trouble finding time to pray. There's church and school and neighborhood and job and friends and recreation. And then the crises hit Time for prayer seems an impossible luxury. As a pastor, Bill Hybels knows hundreds of people with schedules like this. Yet in his own life he has made the hard discovery that prayer doesn't happen on the run. He decided he was too busy not to pray. Hybels's accessible introduction to prayer has already helped over 400,000 readers develop a rich and regular prayer life in the midst of life's busyness. Now, in this revised and expanded 10th anniversary edition, he includes new insights from his years of ministry and his own spiritual journey. He shows how to slow down to pray, listen to God, respond to what we hear, practice the presence of God and overcome prayer barriers. His fun and practical book offers the resources we need for growing, ongoing experiences in prayer.
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Studio: Hovel Audio
Running Time: 270.00 minutes
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.34" Width: 5.43" Height: 0.75" Weight: 0.25 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2007
Publisher Hovel Audio
ISBN 1596444835 ISBN13 9781596444836
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More About Bill Hybels & Robertson Dean
Bill Hybels is the founding and senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Ill., and chairman of the board for the Willow Creek Association. The bestselling author of more than twenty books, including Leadership Axioms, Holy Discontent, Just Walk Across the Room, The Volunteer Revolution, and Courageous Leadership, and classics such as Too Busy Not to Pray and Becoming a Contagious Christian, Hybels is known worldwide as an expert in training Christian leaders to transform individuals and their communities through the local church. He and his wife, Lynne, have two adult children and two grandsons, Henry and Mac.
Bill Hybels currently resides in the state of Illinois.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Too Busy Not to Pray: Slowing Down to Be With God?
Creator of the Universe on line 1, is anyone calling? Oct 20, 2008
Got a lot going on? Do you think you are too busy to pray? Well, this book shows you the benefits of an active prayer life, an action plan for starting or restarting a prayer life, and also some reasons why we should pray.
The author has broken the book down into 4 major sections with a few chapters each. God calls us into his presence, God invites us to talk with him, God breaks down the barriers between us, and God speaks to our hearts.
The first section is all about who God is as a listener and a grantor of our prayers. The author wants us to see the character of God throughout scripture and also the reasons God wants to grant our prayers.
The next section speaks of the ways in which we should pray. What sorts of things should we be praying for and why that is important to each of us. "God doesn't want us to pile up impressive phrases. He doesn't want us to use words without thinking about their meaning. He wants us simply to talk to him as to a friend of father¯authentically, reverently, personally, earnestly." (p. 54)
The third section speaks about barriers to our prayers getting through. In the chapter on prayer busters (ch. 9), the author gets to the heart of what could be standing in the way of answered prayers. "For each unanswered prayer, its important to check out three possible hindrances...the request may be inappropriate...the timing may be off...there may be a problem in the life of the person who is praying." (p. 100)
The last section is where the rubber meets the road. This portion of the book is laid out in a practical manner and speaks to the heart of what we should do if we really want to start or in some cases restart our prayer lives.
In the chapter "Slowing Down To Pray", the author speaks of our lives like that of a race car engine. For most of us our engines are revved to the maximum output. We are constantly racing off to the next event, class, bible study, or church service with never enough time to stop for prayer.
He asks a very pointed question, "Where does the still, small voice of God fit into our hectic lives? When do we allow him to lead and guide and correct and affirm? And if this seldom happens, how can we lead truly authentic Christian lives?" (p. 125)
What I loved about this book is that it not only enlightened me as to why we all should be praying more often, but it spoke the importance of listening (ch. 12), how to hear God's leadings (ch 13), and what to do with leadings (ch. 14)
If you are a person who is wondering where we should pray, when we should pray, why we should pray, how to pray, or what to pray for then this book will be of real use to you.
If you have never started your prayer life or are looking to rekindle the flames of a once fruitful prayer life, then I highly recommend you read this book.
God is waiting daily to hear from you. Are you willing to slow down enough to speak to him?
-- Jeffrey R. E. Morgan http://www.jeffreyremorgan.com
Slow Down and Experience God Oct 1, 2008
This book is short, simple and straight forward. Follow the advice and experience a profound shift in your relationship with God. If you follow these prayer strategies it can change your life. Dynamite comes in small packages. When you pray correctly and consistently you release the Power within. I'll share an experience after prayer, (day 10 of applying what I learnt in Hybels book) I felt light, almost floaty and my eyes (closed) were vibrating. I felt such a sense of peace. I thought is this what it feels like to be in the presence of God. Is this the anointing of God? I am grateful to Hybels for sharing his wisdom and step-by-step strategy to pray to God. For the first time I feel power and purpose in prayer. In a sense I have always known this, but never really experienced it.
excellent Jun 5, 2008
Our prayer group has used this book for our weekly sessions and we have all been very happy with it. It is easy to read, interesting and very practical. The discussion questions in the back make leading the group easy, and yet the questions themselves always challenge and lead to good discussions. We have all learned a lot about prayer and have really appreciated the author's own experiences and struggles. Highly recommended.
Excellent book on prayer! May 31, 2008
I used this book to help teach bible study on prayer. I am totally new to teaching small group and used this book extensively. Easy read, great examples..easy to understand.
I stronly recomend it Mar 21, 2008
If u are a xtian, u should read this book, it explains (IMHO) in a very simple and easy to understand way to any xtian, be it long time xtian or recently converted... i could not stop reading it once i had begun...