Read Faves: A Praying Life

Sometimes you come across a book that just really touched you that you can't help but share it other people... And this book right here just did that for me.

I haven't been an avid reader lately, so when Christine--our small group leader--told us that we will be going through "A Praying Life" by Paul Miller, I just nodded my head to signal "okay." I was not exactly excited to discuss prayer especially when I have not been very diligent in praying lately. It's like getting caught that you did not do your homework! Yikes!

But after squeezing one chapter between working and eating, I was just swept by the simplicity on how it tackled prayer.

This book was amazingly simple, and maybe it is this simplicity that the world of complex structures, highfalutin words and pretense just needs. The book reminded me that  prayer is supposed to be like a dinner with good friends. And dinner with your closest friends is something I can totally relate to! Because it is such a release, it's fun, it's interesting, it's spontaneous... it feels home...

And that is what praying should be about. It should feel like coming home.

We just finished the first 4 chapters and I look forward to reading the rest! Curious? Here are some of my favorite lines in the book:
"The criteria for coming to Jesus is weariness. Come overwhelmed with life. Come with your wandering mind. Come messy." 
"The quest for a contemplative life can actually be self-absorbed, focused on my quiet and me. If we love people and have the power to help then we are going to be busy. Learning to pray doesn't offer us a less busy life; it offers us a less busy heart. In the midst of outer busyness we can develop an inner quiet. Because we are less hectic on the inside, we have a greater capacity to love..." 
"Since a praying life is interconnected with every part of our lives, learning to pray is almost identical to maturing over a lifetime. What does it feel like to grow up? It is a thousand feelings on a thousand different days. That is what learning to pray feels like." 
Bitin ba? :P I actually tried looking for a free e-book but I couldn't find one, but do grab a copy at Amazon :) Hehe! Happy reading, learning and applying!

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