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The Contemporaries Meet the Classics on Prayer [Hardcover]

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Short excerpts from both contemporary and classical writers offer a unique perspective on a timeless subject, perfect for the current resurgence in interest on prayer. Each chapter features a different aspect of prayer, including its purpose, successful practices and hindrances.

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That the almighty creator of the Universe is interested in hearing our hearts, our hurts, and our hopes is more than we can comprehend. But it's true. Through the gift of prayer, God invites our spirits to commune with his.

The book you hold in your hand is an inspirational collection of writings from some of the greatest thinkers of today and yesterday on the vast subject of prayer. In it you'll read brief selections from some of the best classic and contemporary writers, including, C.S. Lewis, Max Lucado, Andrew Murray, Shirley Dobson, John Calvin, Jim Cymbala, Charles Wesley, Tony Evans, and many more.

This intriguing compilation is ideal for personal study, for sermon and lesson preparation, and for all who long to learn about the privilege of prayer.

From Publishers Weekly
This eclectic compilation of writings on prayer, gleaned from a myriad of Christian faith traditions both past and present, should appeal to a wide audience. The author, a visiting professor at Biola University in California, sets out to encourage Christians to find "a fuller, richer prayer life," expand their understanding of prayer's historic tradition and recover dimensions of prayer that may be neglected or unknown in contemporary church life. The collection is organized using 10 themes-all beginning a bit cloyingly with the letter "P" (Psalms, Passion, Posture, etc.). Kicking off the book is Ole Hallesby's striking essay "Why Should We Pray?" which sets the tone for the compilation, eschewing the idea that prayer is about getting something from God. This collection is an ambitious project, and makes for unlikely bedfellows-Evelyn Underhill and Shirley Dobson; Mother Teresa and Stormie Omartian; Joni Eareckson Tada and Jonathan Edwards. Here, cheek-by-jowl, mystics rub shoulders with charismatics, and Catholics hobnob with Protestants who mingle with the Orthodox. Several reader favorites may be omitted (Billy Graham, PW contributing editor Phyllis Tickle), but most of the expected ones make at least a brief appearance-some authors more than once. Allen succeeds in creating an opportunity for readers to examine prayer in all its facets as understood by a broad spectrum of writers of faith, and vividly reminds readers that prayer is both timeless and relevant. The delightful and sometimes startling juxtapositions make this collection one that will invite personal reflection. (Mar.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Howard Books
Pages   290
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 6" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   1.15 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2003
Publisher   Howard Books
ISBN  1582292876  
ISBN13  9781582292878  

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More About Leonard Allen

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Allen is currenlty visiting professor at Biola University, La Mirada, California, and adjunct professor at Fuller Theological Seminary. He has a Ph.D. in Christian thought from the School of Religion at the University of Iowa.

Leonard Allen currently resides in the state of California.

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okay - but nothing great  Aug 3, 2009
This book contains many authors' thoughts on prayer. The oldest writings are from Martin Luther and John Calvin during the 1500's. Some of the contemporary, more familiar names are Max Lucado and Jim Cymbala.

The book is divided into 10 chapters, each dealing with a particular topic of prayer.

* the purpose of prayer
* the Psalms as prayer
* patterns for prayer
* a passion for prayer
* the posture of prayer
* problems with prayer
* powerlessness and prayer
* public and private prayer
* pastoral prayer
* the power of prayer

Overall, this was an okay book. I was excited to start reading it, but after a few chapters it got a little boring. It does provide you with a nice introduction to many authors' writings. If you like their style then you can get their books for future reading enjoyment.

Personally, I thought several of the authors wrote a lot of words, but didn't really say anything of any value.

I would recommend this book only if you are looking specifically for a wide variety of writings on the topic of prayer to determine which authors you want to study more thoroughly.
Great for Short, Insightful Reading  Aug 3, 2009
This book is a great additional to your collection for devotional reading. It brings together a wide range of authors on the subject of prayer...from contemporary authors to the classics of Christian faith. It contains many of the authors you know, but also introduces you to some new authors you may not know.

I highly recommend this for short, insightful times of reading. It is perfect for devotional or retreat settings. I bought mine while on a personal retreat, and have loved it ever since.

I would, however, liked to have seen more from the Early Church Fathers included. The Contemporaries Meet the Classics on the Holy Spirit seems to do a better job of including them.

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