Tuesday, March 29, 2011

In Constant Prayer

In Constant Prayer is a book that encourages (or possibly even mandates) dutiful praying. You must stop what you are doing at the same time every day (several times a day) and pray pre-written prayers. While I didn’t agree with him on most of what he wrote in this book, Robert Benson is an amazing writer. I don’t think this book could have been any better for the content that it held, however I still will never recommend it because of how much I disagree with what he wrote. I will however look for other books by him in the future.

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Worldview: Biblical?

Target Audience: Catholics?

Positive Elements: the engaging writing style

Inappropriate Language: none

Unbiblical Content: Matthew 6:7 says that we should not pray like the pagans thinking that we are heard because of our many words. I can’t get past all of the other religions that have to memorize prayers and say the same ones day in day out. This book seems to encourage praying like pagans. God doesn’t care about what we say, as much as the heart that we put into it. He wants to hear words from our hearts, not something that we read off of a page.

Other Negative Elements: The sample prayers that he included in the back didn’t give the Scripture references (if there were any).

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