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Monday, September 8, 2014

Review: Before Amen by Max Lucado

About the book:
We all pray . . . some. 

We pray to stay sober, centered, or solvent. When the lump is deemed malignant. When the money runs out before the month does. When the marriage is falling apart. We pray. 

But wouldn't we like to pray . . . 
With more fire, faith, and fervency? 

Yet we have kids to feed, bills to pay, deadlines to meet. The calendar pounces on our good intentions like a tiger on a rabbit. And what about our checkered history with prayer? Uncertain words. Unmet expectations. Unanswered requests. 

We aren't the first to struggle with prayer. The first followers of Jesus needed prayer guidance too. In fact, prayer is the only tutorial they ever requested. 

Jesus gave them a prayer. Not a lecture on prayer. Not the doctrine of prayer. He gave them a quotable, repeatable, portable prayer. Couldn't we use the same? 

Join Max Lucado on a journey to the very heart of biblical prayer and the power unleashed with six simple lines: 

you are good. 
I need help. 
They need help. 
Thank you. 
In Jesus' name, amen.
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My thoughts:

Before Amen is the first book I've read by Max Lucado, but I've heard about his books for a while.  I didn't love the book like I thought I was going to, but it was a nice, quick nonfiction read and I liked it. While I personally didn't feel like there was a whole lot of depth to the book, there were some things that were helpful and I really liked the "Thank You" chapter and how Lucado alphabetized his blessings. That was a really neat idea! Overall, a good nonfiction read. 

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  1. I hear about Max Lucado ALL the time, I keep meaning to pick up a book by him... I'm curious how some of his other work fares review-wise!

    1. I hear about his books a lot, too, and I do look forward to reading more of his books. I liked this one, but didn't love it like I thought I would.

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