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The Art of Prayer: A Simple Guide to Conversation with God [Paperback]

By Timothy Jones (Author)
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Offering biblically wise, warmly instructive explorations of questions, Jones instructs readers in how to become fluent in the world's simplest language: talking with God. Includes a full-length inductive Bible study guide on prayer, ideal for small groups or individual readers.

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"I often shrink from books about prayer, because they usually produce in me feelings of inadequacy. I was delighted to find Tim Jones to be a sympathetic, not intimidating, guide. He writes with humility, clarity, and practicality-exactly the qualities I want in a book on prayer."
-Philip Yancey
Revised and Expanded Edition with Study Guide Included

"Timothy Jones...guides us into a life of prayer not by cramming us with knowledge and technique, but by quietly returning us to simplicity of soul and the presence of God."
-Eugene Peterson

Something within us wants to grow closer to the God who loves to relate to us. But we often hesitate. Even though we have a desire to pray, questions nag us:
Can I pray when I feel distant from God?
Is it okay to ask God for help in "little" things?
What do I do when I don't know what to say?
What sense can I make of seemingly unanswered prayer?
How do I keep growing closer to God?
In "The Art of Prayer, "Timothy Jones honestly shares his own struggles with prayer and invites you to be honest-and hopeful-as well. Offering biblically wise, warmly instructive explorations of our questions, Jones considers how you can become fluent in the world's simplest language: talking with God.
Includes a full-length inductive Bible study guide on prayer, ideal for small groups or individual readers.
..".wisely human, spiritually practical, and wonderfully interesting."
- the late Lewis Smedes, author of "My God and I
..".luminous prose and...lucid insights."
-"Publishers Weekly"

From Publishers Weekly
Jones (The Next American Spirituality), a campus minister and associate pastor in Tennessee, opines that many people want to talk to God but don't know how; he sets out to direct our efforts and reassure us that small steps add up. Jones employs a polished style to guide the reader with a nudge rather than a shove, emphasizing the practical over the theoretical. The work does not neglect Scripture-in the nine-page first chapter alone, Jones cites Ecclesiastes, Isaiah, the Psalms and Matthew-but it focuses on telling us how to believe, not why. As it moves through ways to approach God, what we should say in prayer and how we can improve at it, the book provides many illuminating quotes from noteworthy Christians. Sharp observations keep things moving (on unanswered prayer: "The most difficult part is not the denial as much as the fear that we have been ignored"). A study guide with in-depth questions for each chapter adds to the manual's usefulness. Readers' responses will depend in large part on their acceptance of Jones's frequent references to his own experiences; for example, we hear about his meditation, jogging, family and career. Nevertheless, the encouraging tone and down-to-earth suggestions may prove useful to those who seek a better way to talk to God. (May 17) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Citations And Professional Reviews
The Art of Prayer: A Simple Guide to Conversation with God by Timothy Jones has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Ingram Advance - 05/01/2005 page 132
  • Publishers Weekly - 04/11/2005 page 49

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Item Specifications...

Studio: WaterBrook Press
Pages   252
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.28" Width: 5.76" Height: 0.72"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 17, 2005
Publisher   WaterBrook Press
Edition  Revised  
ISBN  1578568498  
ISBN13  9781578568499  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Timothy Jones leads a campus ministry at Middle Tennessee State University and is an associate pastor at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He is the author of several noted books on the spiritual life, including Awake My Soul, A Place for God, Nurturing a Child's Soul, and the bestselling Celebration of Angels. With pollster George Gallup, Jr., he coauthored The Next American Spirituality. He lives in the Nashville area with his wife and children.

Timothy Jones has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Exeter.

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Readable, helpful but not outstanding  Sep 27, 2006
Dont know whether the praise by Philip Yancey (my most favorite living Christian writer) on the book cover had set so high my expectation or my frequent reading of books on prayers had numbed me, I didnt find it thrilling, intriguing nor insightful. However, I am obliged to rate it a four star (I do always give one star ratings) for

1) the excellent prayers in the end of each chapter/topic.
2) the profound elaboration of "The Lord's Prayer"on pg 156
3) the relatively insightful messages on silence and complaint (to God, the Job way) that both can be alternative forms of prayer to God
4) the very useful study guide presented as Appendix from pg 205-239

In case you seldom read books on prayers, you probably like this book much. If you are a veteran reader of masterpieces from Philip Yancey, Richard Fosters and so on, you may not be well satisfied.

p.s. Below please find my favorite passages for your reference.

Lord, I am not good at slowing down. I like to see things happen. I've become hurried and harried. And I like to fill the silence with sound.
Draw me to the rest I find in you. Remind me that time with you can re-create me, and fill my life with all I need. Amen pg 44

O Lord,you know how busy I must be this day. If I forget you, please do not forget me. - General Lord Astley (adapted) pg 44

A single grateful thought raised to heaven is the most perfect prayer. - Gotthold Ephraim Lessing pg 73

Only God can move mountains. But faith and prayer move God. - E.M. Bounds pg 90

A man prayed, and at first he thought that prayer was talking. But he became more and more quiet and until in the end he realized that prayer is listening. - Soren Kierkegaard pg 113
A practical and encouraging little book  Jul 21, 2003
I found this book to be immensely helpful in my prayer life. Jones has very practical advice for modern Christians, and he isn't afraid to draw from many traditions (RC, Orthodox, mainline Protestant). I found his chapter on Silence and his closing chapter to be the most helpful.

I concur with a previous poster: I got a copy out of the library, and now I want my own! I think it will be dog-eared and battered pretty soon.

A real goldmine of info on Prayer!  Sep 25, 2002
I'm about 2/3 of the way through this book, but I can't wait til I'm done reading it to post my review of this awesome book! Timothy Jones covers the whole range of topics related to prayer. When I'm reading a book such as this, I put those Post-It arrow flags in it to mark parts that I might want to copy into my journal, or reflect more on, and right now, this book has about 40 Post-Its sticking out of it! It's a library book, so I think I'm going to have to buy this one!

Timothy Jones speaks in everyday English, yet his style is poignant and whimsical! I love his writing style! He talks about how to pray - no formula stuff for him. He talks about how to be STILL and QUIET in the midst of a busy life. He talks about how prayer doesn't even have to be words formed in your mind. He tells about those desperate HELP! prayers and how God hears them all. He covers such issues as why we should pray when God is all-knowing and is going to do what he's going to do anyway, what to do when we feel that our prayers go unanswered, and many more issues.

I've read quite a few books on prayer, but this is my favorite so far. I also highly recommend Timothy Jones' other books "Awake My Soul: Practical Spirituality for Busy People", "Prayer's Apprentice", and "21 Days to a Better Quiet Time with God". There are probably more, but these are the one I own.

Timothy Jones is the kind of person that you'd just love to sit down with over a cup of coffee - he's real and authentic and isn't afraid to tell about his own human failings and his own experiences with prayer.

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Inspirational!  Apr 25, 2000
This book takes you by hand and walks you through the art of learning to pray. It is inspirational!
This book is an excellent guide concerning prayer.  Oct 21, 1998
Jones captures all aspects of prayer in this book. It's a great guide for pastors and laity alike. I would highly recommend this book.

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