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Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Prayer. Jul 23, Cynthia Vogel rated it it was amazing. Hallesby wrote a masterful treatise on prayer. I have a whole ceiling to floor bookshelf devoted almost entirely to books on prayer. And yet it is a topic that never ceases to thrill me.. I learn something new in almost every book, which shows us that prayer is a deep, highly individual O. I learn something new in almost every book, which shows us that prayer is a deep, highly individual topic and one can never claim to fully understand or to perfectly carry out the prayers of a warrior.
Hallesby writes in a highly readable conversational tone And yes he is gracious and formal at the same time in the manner of books in the manner of Andrew Murray and the like.
There is a section following the text of the book which would be useful either as a study group or simply for a deeper understanding of the teachings included in the book. Even though I just finished the book, I feel compelled to piok it up again for a second read-through. I think what I will do is to review my highlights on my Kindle which I had marked. This book is well worth your time.
It is a classic not from age but from valuable content. When I read a book on prayer of this kilter, I progress slowly in the readidng because it makes me eager to pray So it is always a tossup.
Sep 11, Hobart rated it really liked it Shelves: reads. This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader. I heard of the book briefly on an episode of Christ the Center this su This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader. I heard of the book briefly on an episode of Christ the Center this summer, and then they devoted an entire episode to it later -- I was halfway through the book when that second episode was posted, thankfully, they didn't say anything that spoiled the ending.
If not for those podcast episodes, I probably would've gone my whole life without ever hearing of this book. That would've been a shame. He doesn't set out to write a comprehensive book on the subject, or a systematized theology of prayer, but to present "a few simple rules for the benefit of souls who are fainting at prayer. Hallesby describes two things that make up the attitude of prayer -- helplessness and faith. Faith that Jesus can and will answer our prayers and a realization that we are helpless and need him to even pray.
What he writes about helplessness is worth the price of the book alone. I think it's changed the way I pray already. I would quote a bit of it here -- and I started to, but I wasn't sure where I'd stop. So let me just encourage you to grab the book. I also really appreciated his discussion of how we "think we must help God to fulfill our prayer," by giving Him lists of suggestions for how to and times when He can answer us.
Instead, we are to faithfully pour out our need to Him, and then trust that He will answer as He sees best.
I'd really never thought of it in those terms but we really can end up trying to tell God the best way to go about helping us -- which flies in the face of our admitted helplessness in a given situation. Hallesby covers the work of prayer, the struggles we may have in it, some suggestions for how to learn to pray better, as well as giving some answers to common questions about prayer that seem to be the same questions I hear others having almost years after this book was written, probably questions believers had years before that, too.
Throughout the book, you get a strong sense of a pastoral heart behind the words and advice, which makes it all much easier to heed. It's not a perfect book by any means -- most of my problems have to do with the fact that I'm not a Lutheran, nor a Pietist. For example, his definition of prayer involves letting God help us, or his aversion to pre-written prayers that one has many allies in my own tradition, so it is more of a note than anything.
More substantial concerns are his utter lack of reference to -- much less use of -- the Psalms or the Lord's Prayer. A book on prayer that doesn't even touch on those is mind-boggling.
None of these concerns or quibbles detract too much from the book -- and they're certainly outweighed by the help the book gives. Pound-for-pound, the best book on the subject I've read. Easy to read, encouraging, convicting and insightful. Highly recommended. May 13, Georgie rated it liked it.
It is a fine book explaining prayer and its uses. There are certainly some gems from Hallesby about the importance of our conversation with God. However much of the book I found to be repetitive and had information about prayer that can be be easily learnt by practice for the "seasoned believer". That being said I am quite intuitive and have reflected on these things before, so for the logical thinker needing a spreadsheet explaining every detail of prayer, then this book is for them.
Other conce It is a fine book explaining prayer and its uses. Other concerns I had was that it is a very wordy book and many chapters sound like a persuasive speech. Book Four certainly has these characteristics, as a result I found myself speed reading and only flicking through. A positive is Book Six - The Misuse of Prayer, which was the first chapter I read, clearly and briefly challenges the reader to understand the heart of prayer and our attitudes about prayer.
For me, it was the most informative read of the book. Despite being published by Augsburg Fortress, there was nothing too heterodox in the writing, apart from the occasional emotional language.
It is not a terrible read, wordy but easy to read and certainly full of hope and love, I just did not gain much from it. This was recommended by my pastor and I've had it for a number of months.
I better go give it back now. Jul 06, mpsiple rated it liked it. Mixed feelings. Really great on the core attitude of prayer as helplessness. I appreciated his descriptions of many of the difficulties of prayer I'm sure every reader could identify with these. But it was also "theologically loose. It is largely an expression of the author's general sense o Mixed feelings. It is largely an expression of the author's general sense of what prayer is, based on his experience.
He ends up with some odd categories for how God is at work in history, and what he is and isn't in control of. There is also little to no mention of Christ as our high priest.
Lot's of phrases like "the Spirit of Prayer" without any real definitions. This is a great little book for those struggling to find meaning in their prayers, or with the guilt of their own prayerlessness.
It's an encouragement to bring all your needs and even your neediness to God in prayer. But it may confuse some with regard to God's sovereignty and man's responsibility, and it doesn't help you see how Jesus fits into the picture.
Aug 13, Karen Krause rated it it was amazing.
Ole Kristian Hallesby 5 August — 22 November was a conservative, Norwegian Lutheran theologian, author and educator. Hallesby grew up as the sixth of eight siblings on a family farm with a father also served as an assistant pastor. His family was from the Lutheran piety of the Haugean heritage. He graduated with a degree in theology in and was awarded his doctorate in
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