Item description for Longing to Pray: How the Psalms Teach Us to Talk With God by J. Ellsworth Kalas...
Overview This book invites the reader to study with some ancient experts in prayer, the authors of the Book of Psalms.
Publishers Description Includes Study Guide This little book invites us to study with some ancient experts in prayer, the persons who wrote the Book of Psalms. We haven t read long in the psalms before we realize that the authors, like us, were altogether human, their lives marked by breathtaking highs and lows. But with all of that, they were saints who left us with the greatest collection of prayers in the possession of our human race. What was their secret? I believe it was the quality of their friendship with God. And of course the language of that friendship is prayer. The psalmists don t give us any formula for effective praying. They don t offer a set of rules. But if we read their prayers carefully, we will learn something of their secret, the secret of the Ultimate Friendship. -adapted from the Foreword"
Community Description Includes Study Guide
This little book invites us to study with some ancient experts in prayer, the persons who wrote the Book of Psalms. We haven't read long in the psalms before we realize that the authors, like us, were altogether human, their lives marked by breathtaking highs and lows. But with all of that, they were saints who left us with the greatest collection of prayers in the possession of our human race.
What was their secret? I believe it was the quality of their friendship with God. And of course the language of that friendship is prayer. The psalmists don't give us any formula for effective praying. They don't offer a set of rules. But if we read their prayers carefully, we will learn something of their secret, the secret of the Ultimate Friendship.
-adapted from the Foreword
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Studio: Abingdon Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.22" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.34" Weight: 0.42 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2006
Publisher Abingdon Church Supplies
ISBN 0687495121 ISBN13 9780687495122
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More About J. Ellsworth Kalas
Dr. J. Ellsworth Kalas is a former president of Asbury Theological Seminary.
After 38 years as a pastor in four churches in Wisconsin and Ohio, and five years as an associate in evangelism with the World Methodist Council, Dr. Kalas came to Asbury in 1993 with the opening of the Beeson Preaching and Leadership program. He served as mentor to the Beeson pastors and as their preaching professor until joining the Seminary preaching faculty in 2000.
Dr. Kalas has received honorary doctorates from four colleges and universities. More than 35 of his books have been published, as well as 13 adult study quarterlies for the United Methodist Publishing House. He has recorded the entire Bible on audiotape, along with his Grand Sweep devotionals; these materials are now available on The Grand Sweep for iPhone. He is also the author of Christian Believer, an intensive study of Christian doctrine produced for interdenominational use. A video component, “Behind the Pages” has recently been added to his books, Parables from the Back Side and Old Testament Stories from the Back Side.
He and his wife, Janet, who is very much a part of his ministry, have four children and nine grandchildren.
J. Ellsworth Kalas currently resides in the state of Kentucky. J. Ellsworth Kalas was born in 1923.
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God's Our Real Bud! Sep 19, 2008
Prolific writer and dedicated churchman Ellsworth Kalas brings prayer into the Old Testament Psalms with his 2006 126-page paperback "Longing to Pray". The books guiding principle is "how the Psalms teach us to talk with God". Dr. Kalas documents inside the text without footnotes or endnotes and he present a helpful 15-page study guide (by John Schroeder) for additional book teaching and illumination.
Beginning with the concept that friendship is one of life's most important commodities (page 9) the remainder of his book draws upon various poems and songs from the Psalter to present God as humanity's closest and most permanent friend. In deed, each chapter proffers a different aspect of divine friendship for people (candor, time, beauty, gratitude, repentance, anger, etc.). Kalas presents these often ignored, or misunderstood, friend-tenants as "secrets". His secret, here, is that God is always with us ready to be our universal and longest lasting bud.
Kalas' long career is narrative rich. He shares many of his experiences through this book giving it a comprehensive and helpful feel. His stories, alone, make good reasons for its purchase.
Dr. Kalas entices the reader to prayer with his psalmic suggestions and illustrations. Through Kalas' interpretation the various psalms reviewed come alive with meaning and holy application. Read this book with your Scripture close at hand (you'll want to make notes).
It's unfortunate that Kalas has neither the place nor opportunity with this small prayer book to review each of the 150 Psalms and their dispositions toward prayer. Such would be a brilliant study! As it is, this little book convinces that God the Creator is our closest and longest friend.
This book is recommended to all studying the Psalms, any wishing to invigorate his or her prayer life, those looking for a short term small group study, and all preparing to supplement their personal Scripture study.
This one is a Winner May 21, 2008
This book arrived promptly in excellent condition. I ordered it for my neighbor. She had read it before and wanted it to give as a gift. She called me today and asked me to order two more copies for gifts.
Thank goodness for your prompt delivery! Jul 8, 2007
No local bookstores could provide this book for me in time for a weekend women's retreat, so I was pleased this arrived as promised.