Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Transforming Prayer by Daniel Henderson

In the book Transforming Prayer, Daniel Henderson explains the difference between praying for God’s hand and seeking His face. Henderson goes in to detail about how most people pray, and why we pray that way, and why we should change. He later gives a sample blue print for transforming prayer into something that is riveting instead of boring.

I requested this book from Bethany House, because I yearned to develop a better prayer life. I knew that there was a serious problem, and what the problem was, I just didn’t know what to do about it. For this reason, I had a really hard time getting into this book. The first ¾ of the book is about what is wrong with prayer, and why it should change. I already knew that. I wasn’t able to get into the book until chapter 9, and even then I think that I probably could have just read chapters 14 and 15 and got just as much out of the book as reading it in its entirety (please note that chapters 14 and 15 were amazing and the information there was the whole reason I was looking forward to reading the book). The beginning (and middle) of the book would be necessary for someone who thought that they had an okay prayer life, or someone who thought their prayer life could be better, but didn’t know what was wrong with it. If you know prayer isn’t what it needs to be, I would recommend skipping the book (or just reading the two chapters I mentioned) and finding a worship-based prayer meeting to attend.

You can learn more about this book by visiting the website

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Worldview: Biblical

Target Audience: Someone who thinks they have an okay prayer life, or that their prayer life isn’t so hot, but they don’t know why…

Positive Elements: Chapters 14 and 15

Inappropriate Language: None

Unbiblical Content: None

Other Negative Elements: Okay, at the end of chapter 10 he speaks about flying on air planes and uses the phrase “As you know” in reference to something that has to do with flying. This implies that everyone knows or should know this. I have never been on a plane and didn’t know it, so that bothered me some. Silly, I know, but the whole thing could have been avoided if he would have added the word ‘probably’ or said ‘As most of you know’ but instead he generalized something that I feel shouldn’t have been…

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