A lot of books on prayer read in a typical format. They define prayer. They explain the definition of prayer. They give examples. Then they conclude with a challenge to pray. This book, Talking with God: What To Say When You Don’t Know How To Pray by Adam Weber, is a different breed of prayer books.
Talking with God is sectioned into four parts: The God We Talk With, The Way We Pray, How to Pray When…, and Only The Beginning. These sections essentially function to help the reader understand a small momentum shift has occurred in the focus of the topic. Other than that, the author maintains what I found was a wonderful conversational style of writing, which made for extremely fast reading. Also, the type font is super easy on the eyes, which makes this book very enjoyable to digest.
I highly recommend this book. It is clear, concise, yet full of Weber’s personal stories of reflection, humor, and typical life situations to bring a “realness” to prayer. One can understand the definition of prayer, but applying that to the often hectic, busy, overwhelmed lives that most of us live becomes a challenge. Weber simplifies prayer into what it should be: talking with God.
Don’t think that because the book is a quick read and a simplification of prayer that it lacks depth, because it certainly does not. Weber cites and addresses many passages of Scripture, explaining how they apply to the prayer life of the individual. Weber also pulls from past prayer teachers such as Brother Lawrence. Beyond the research, Weber uses many personal stories from his church and pastoral ministry to give the reader insight as to why this book was written and why it’s necessary in the climate of our culture.
One thing that I kept thinking about while I read, was that this book seemed to be targeted directly at my age group. (25 to 40) Weber uses a lot of illustrations that relate to someone who grew up during the 80s and early 90s. I do not see this as a hindrance to anyone younger or older, but there might be a small disconnect.
Let me share one of my favorite paragraphs from the book: “We don’t need to impress God. He’s the one who wants to be friends with us. Just be you. The real you, not some weird version of you. Don’t try to sound all prim and proper. Don’t use strange religious words. Don’t worry about saying the wrong thing. Don’t make it complicated. Just talk with him. We can’t mess it up! My best advice on prayer: say exactly what’s inside you. Don’t edit your words. Say whatever you’re feeling. Tell God in a few words. But don’t hesitate to ramble either. Let it be unpolished.”
If you feel like your prayer life is lacking. Or if you don’t have one at all. I urge you to give this book a try. It’s a prayer book unlike most prayer books. It’s a call into a deeper, intimate, yet real-life, raw, conversational relationship with God.
You can preorder, or wait until March 21st for it’s release.
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Disclosure: I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.