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Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference? [Hardcover]

By Philip Yancey (Author)
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Yancey probes the very heartbeat of mankind's relationship to God in this invitation to communicate with God through prayer. (Christian Religion)

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In his most powerful book since What's So Amazing About Grace? and The Jesus I Never Knew, Philip Yancey probes the very heartbeat---the most fundamental, challenging, perplexing, and deeply rewarding aspect---of our relationship with God: prayer. What is prayer? How does it work? And more importantly, does it work? In theory, prayer is the essential human act, a priceless point of contact between us and the God of the universe. In practice, prayer is often frustrating, confusing, and fraught with mystery. Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference? is an exploration of the mysterious intersection where God and humans meet and relate. Writing as a fellow pilgrim, Yancey explores such questions as: *Is God listening? *Why should God care about me? *If God knows everything, what's the point of prayer? *Why do answers to prayer seem so inconsistent and capricious? *Why does God seem sometimes close and sometimes far away? *How can I make prayer more satisfying? 'I have found that the most important purpose of prayer may be to let ourselves be loved by God, ' says Yancey. Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference? encourages us to pray to God the Father who sees what lies ahead of us, knows what lies within us, and who invites us into an eternal partnership---through prayer. Also available: unabridged audio CD

From Publishers Weekly
Yancey strikes a moving chord with this book that is more full of yearning and wonder than it is of easy answers. Prayer, he writes, is our partnership with God, our chance to join forces with God's power to confront suffering and evil head-on. Yancey is candid about his nagging sense of failure in prayer, but the book is suffused with a cautious hope; he writes of his growing confidence and joy as his prayer life has deepened from a spiritualized to-do list to a conversational communion with God. The key, Yancey writes, is that prayer is a window into knowing the mind of God, whose kingdom is entrusted to all of us frail, selfish people on earth. As with his other books, Yancey draws upon his international travels to bring a fresh perspective to the topic, detailing, in nations such as Romania and South Africa, how he believes prayer has transformed hearts and permitted bloodless change. The book's strength lies in its balance, with Yancey holding equally important ideals in a beautiful tension: action and meditation, doubt and certainty, and the unchanging God with the God who appears so moved by people's petitions in the Bible that he changes his mind. Yancey also offers some startling and insightful observations about Jesus' own prayer life. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Awards and Recognitions
Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference? by Philip Yancey has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Christian Retailing's Best - 2007 Finalist - Audiobook category
  • Christian Book Award - 2007 Finalist - Christian Life category
  • Quill Awards - 2007 Nominee - Religion/Spirituality category
  • Christianity Today Book Award - 2007 Winner - Christian Living category
  • Christian Retailing's Best - 2007 Winner - Prayer category

Citations And Professional Reviews
Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference? by Philip Yancey has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Books & Culture - 01/01/2007 page 8
  • Publishers Weekly - 08/28/2006 page 49
  • Library Journal - 10/01/2006 page 80
  • Christian Retailing - 10/16/2006 page 11
  • Christianity Today - 12/01/2006 page 64

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Zondervan
Pages   351
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.32" Width: 6.3" Height: 1.12"
Weight:   1.3 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2006
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
ISBN  0310271053  
ISBN13  9780310271055  
UPC  025986271053  

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More About Philip Yancey

Philip Yancey Philip Yancey is a distinguished writer with 20 books to his credit and a total of more than seven million copies in print. His books, including The Jesus I Never Knew, What's So Amazing About Grace? and Where Is God When It Hurts? have won a total of twelve Gold Medallion Awards. He has been published in Reader's Digest, Christianity Today, and The Saturday Evening Post.

Philip Yancey currently resides in the state of Colorado. Philip Yancey was born in 1949.

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Prayer Does It Make A Difference  Mar 21, 2007
Another in outstanding books by Philip Yancey. For those of us struggling with prayer, Yancey outlines in detail all aspects of prayer. Unanswered prayers - he has an answer. Is anyone listening - he has an answer. The book is full of answers for most of my questions and is loaded with encouragment to pray more. God is listening.
Teaches you everything you need and want to know about Prayer  Mar 11, 2007
"Prayer" taught me SO much about prayer that I became motivated to now pray on a daily basis and live a more Godly life. A life that is more pure and authentically Christain.

I really learned about the purpose of prayer, what it means and how it helps. The truth is some things are unknown like does a person recieving prayer from 10 people recieve better healing than the person who only has 5 people praying over her? But many of the questions I had were answered with tremendous detail. I had no other questions about prayer after reading this book, I was just motivated to "keep company" with God, (pray to God).

Yancey does a phemnomenal job of taking a complicated subject like Prayer and puting it into everyday terms and situations to make it real and enjoyable to read.
Another great book  Feb 23, 2007
Yancey will challenge you with various aspects of prayer he presents throughout. Prayer is very multidimensional and it is a subject not easily pigeonholed and restricted. It is different things to different people solely due to the fact that we are all different. God has to relate to each one of us totally differently from the way he might to another. Of interest to me is the necessity he obviously faced in answering whether God hears prayer, reacts to prayer, changes his mind from prayer of his creatures, and lives in "real time" with us. His answer is affirmative and it is evident that he leans toward "open" theology descriptions of God, rather than the "classical" model of God as impassible, immovable, stoic, and microscopically having already decided all things, all events, all thoughts, all actions of human beings from the infinite past of his existence. Doctrines define God. The way we picture God, perceive him to view us as moral creatures making choices in this life, make up our image of God. Some see him as a "cosmic cook" burning his wicked subjects forever and forever in a lake of fire. The beliefs we hold about judgment, damnation, grace, eternal punishment, and a half dozen other subjects determines our opinions and beliefs about our standing before God and how we view others in the world around us with which we live as social persons and neighbors. Prayer is on going. It is a long wandering journey, never really definable. It is how we commune with the invisible. Our greatest prayers have probably been silent ones and we never heard them uttered within our souls.
Worth a second read  Feb 6, 2007
Not a book of platitudes or motivational stories. It's down to earth material about the author's journey into prayer. He raised and answered a lot of the questions that lingered in my mind but was too whatever to address them.
Another Stimulating Fireside Chat with Philip Yancey  Feb 5, 2007
Through this book, Philip Yancey again invites us for a stimulating fireside chat on topics that trouble Christians, this time the paradox that is prayer - why are most prayers unanswered? How could a powerful, all-loving God allow evil to happen even when Christians pray against it?

Follow Yancey as he takes us on a grand tour through Scripture - especially the Psalms and Job (easily Yancey's most quoted portions of Scripture!), through the life stories of Christians throughout history, and Christian writings to explore, scrutinise and investigate prayer and its effects on God and the pray-ers (people who pray), whether what was prayed for was granted or not.

Masterfully, Yancey weaves all these to show us that we ought to keep praying in faith, and embark on a journey that transforms our prayers, and our view of prayer - from being a problem-riddled exercise of seeming futility, to a pathway to being transformed by God who yearns for relationship with us human beings. For that is the purpose he created free-willing human beings to love him and fellowship with him, for which also he sent his own Son, Jesus Christ to redeem these human beings when they are estranged from him through sin.

This is not a theological handbook, and readers who presuppose God's predetermination of human destinies will find the idea of human free will (a 'core' Yancey concept) difficult to go pass. Yet, as he pointed out, even Calvin urged people to pray and included prayer as a chapter next to predestination! Questions such as God's sovereignty and the human will could only be resolved by studying further issues such as ontology and the nature of God (I would like to suggest, as a start, Dennis Kinlaw's /Let's Start with Jesus/. Zondervan, 2005).

Yancey respectfully treats his readers as fellow travellers on this journey of life. /Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference?/ is a holler of encouragement from one who has gone that little bit further than us. It calls for, not adulation or even admiration for the writer, but a humble thanksgiving to God who has gifted us with such an encourager.

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