Book Review

" Developing a Healthy Prayer Life: 31 Meditations on Communing with God" by James W. Beeke and Joel R. Beeke

Ryan M. McGraw
Joel R. Beeke
Thursday, August 30th 2012
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There are many favorite prayer books people like to recommend, such as the following: Matthew Henry in A Method for Prayer models for us how to use the Scriptures in prayer; B. M. Palmer in Theology of Prayer sets the theological foundations for prayer in an unprecedented manner; Austin Phelps in The Still Hour unfolds the psychological and internal struggles we face in prayer; and John Owen (in various works) addresses the work of the Holy Spirit in prayer.

What makes Developing a Healthy Prayer Life stand out is that it presents all of the above in one small volume, which is truly a remarkable accomplishment. Divided into thirty-one chapters of three pages each, it is designed to be read in one month’which is helpful for those who do not have much time for reading. Our congregation is currently using this book for short meditations in conjunction with our midweek prayer meeting.

It is rare to find a book that is simultaneously clear, simple, concise, and substantive on such a vital topic. It is a unique work that will profit your soul greatly and that you will want to pass on to others.

Thursday, August 30th 2012

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