Item description for Approaching God: Accepting the Invitation to Stand in the Presence of God by Steve Brown...
Overview An analysis of the various aspects of prayer invites readers to engage in intimate conversations with God without formality, pretense, or reservation, in a guide by the radio host of Key Life that addresses key questions about how God answers prayer and whether prayer influences God's will. Original. 50,000 first printing.
Publishers Description A spiritual guide on how to pray cites the importance of focusing on God rather than on oneself, while it defines the basic theology of prayer and addresses such issues as unanswered prayers.
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Studio: Howard Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.28" Width: 5.49" Height: 0.77" Weight: 0.62 lbs.
Release Date Sep 2, 2008
Publisher Howard Publishing
ISBN 141656733X ISBN13 9781416567332
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More About Steve Brown
Steve Brown is a radio broadcaster, seminary professor, and author. He previously served as a pastor for twenty-five years and now serves as professor of preaching at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida, and sits on the board of National Religious Broadcasters and Harvest USA. He is the author of numerous books, including Approaching God, Scandalous Freedom, and When Your Rope Breaks. Steve and his wife, Anna, live in Florida.
Steve Brown currently resides in Eugene, in the state of Oregon.
Reviews - What do customers think about Approaching God: Accepting the Invitation to Stand in the Presence of God?
WORTH READING ! Feb 2, 2010
Approaching God by: Steve Brown
I'm on the Keylife mailing list and saw that this was one of S. Brown's books. Did I really need this book? Would it be worth reading????
I ordered the Book - and am glad I did !
One of the main reasons it appeals to me is... I don't really like reading. So it had to be a style that was reader-friendly.
What was so great is that its like a conversation Steve Brown is having with his readers. He isn't talking AT YOU. Its like he's sitting down and talking with you. And the book has some bits of humor. I enjoyed the Book. After you read it, you know that in the future you will want to READ IT AGAIN.!
The Contents: CH. 1 -- PRAYER 101 CH. 2 Hugging a dirty kid CH. 3 Tying the Trusses Down Ch. 4 Growing Down Ch. 5 Going deeper - 1 Ch. 6 Going Deeper - 2 Ch. 7 Good for Goodness Sake 8 ------ Invitation to the Dance 9 - Its a family kind of thing 10 - Signs and Wonders 11 - The Pain of UnAnswered Prayer 12 - I'm Glad you asked STUDY GUIDE/ DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
What I appreciated S. Brown sharing. (really good points/insights)
[ pg. 61-62] He breaks down the Lord's prayer. To show you a FORM of prayer.
Pg.72 - In order to have the kind of prayer life that is meaninful you must have a childlike trust
Pg. 124 - If you don't feel welcomed, loved and accepted by God, Then you need to be still and wait. The sense that you have no business being before the throne of God is often a wall through which you must go to get to God's love. Many belevers hit that wall and give up. The wall is an illuision. It isn't there - no matter what anyone tells you. That imaginary wall tests the mettle of your seriousness and is affirmed by Satan to get you to stop seeking God.
Pg. 143 God designed prayer - - - because he likes you and wants to spend time with you.
This man knows Jesus Mar 5, 2009
I like Steve Brown for a lot of reasons, but the main one is this: it is evident that this man knows Jesus. And I don't mean that he knows a lot about Jesus. Brown spends a lot of time with Jesus, one-on-one. And that's exactly why this is the best book I've ever read on prayer. It's not a "how-to guide;" nor is it dry theology. Instead, Brown shares with us his relationship with Jesus in hopes that we will be encouraged.
Short Chapter-by-Chapter Summary: 1. "Pr...more I like Steve Brown for a lot of reasons, but the main one is this: it is evident that this man knows Jesus. And I don't mean that he knows a lot about Jesus. Brown spends a lot of time with Jesus, one-on-one. And that's exactly why this is the best book I've ever read on prayer. It's not a "how-to guide;" nor is it dry theology. Instead, Brown shares with us his relationship with Jesus in hopes that we will be encouraged.
Short Chapter-by-Chapter Summary: 1. "Prayer is simply the communion, the communication, and the contact between the creature and the Creator. It is the expression of a relationship between two persons.... Prayer is what happens when the soul cries out to its Maker" (p. 8).
2. "It isn't our sin that causes God to be far away. The vicarious atonement of Christ takes care of sin. But stiffness-now that will kill your prayer life every time" (p. 25).
3. A successful prayer life requires commitment. It needn't be long. Structure and accountability help.
4. Childlikeness: "There is joy is resting in One who is in charge. When was the last time you giggled and didn't care what anybody thought?... When we are in relationship with God, there is a childlike joy in knowing that we are accepted and cherished - no matter what. That's what it means to be childlike, and rel prayer reflects that kind of joy" (p. 82).
5. "Intimacy with God...is the ultimate goal of the life of every believer" (p. 93). You want a deeper prayer life for the intimacy, not power, not "getting better." You must be called to it, be patient, and be flexible.
6.Find quite place, use centering prayer (imagination, word recognition), take off the mask, acknowledge, adore, worship, and praise. Meditate. Listen.
7. "God didn't design prayer so that you would get better.... God didn't design prayer so that you would be holy.... God didn't design prayer to make you more like Jesus... God designed prayer because he likes you and wants to spend time with you" (p. 143).
8. "There is a major element of prayer that most of us miss, and that element is laughter - a free, joyous, wholesome, hardy laughter.... When God invites his people to prayer, he invites them to the dance - a celebration of the relationship and who created it, a celebration of who he is and what he has created, a celebration of life and meaning and forgiveness and heaven. When the Father invites us to prayer, he issues an invitation to a joyous party (p. 161, 163).
9. Covenant: Prayer is hard work and so God often calls communities of Christians to share the load.
10. Suggestions for Prayer: Have Faith. Be Patient. Pray within God's will. Be specific. Remember God is God. Praise Him. Be (or want to be) Obedient. Keep Praying. Make Requests. Not Demands. Take Prayer Seriously.
11. Why did God not answer my prayer? is the wrong question. "The real question is why any prayers are answered at all" (p. 227).
12. Common questions answered.
Thoughts on "Approaching God" by Steve Brown Jan 26, 2009
Prayer is a subject many of us wish we were better at. It is a journey and it is about a relationship with God. Steve Brown addresses this topic in a way that is very understandable and user friendly. He brings a perspective that we can grasp, appreciate, and identify with. I found it to be very informative, inspirational, and personally beneficial. This book is very readable and not one you would have to labor over.Approaching God: Accepting the Invitation to Stand in the Presence of God