Praying: Finding Our Way Through Duty to Delight
Packer, J.I.; Nystrom, Carolyn
Recommended by Carl R. Trueman of Westminster Theological Seminary. See all of Dr. Trueman's recommendations.
Dr. Trueman says: "Praying by J. I. Packer and Carolyn Nystrom is, to put it bluntly, quite superb. Written with the theological passion to be expected from Packer, and with the delightful prose of Carolyn Nystrom, it is destined to become a standard work on the subject. `Praying' the authors state `is an action' and in this book the reader will find much to ponder and much that will change not simply how they think about prayer, but how they actually pray. While many books on prayer can leave the reader feeling inadequate or overwhelmed by the task before them, Packer and Nystrom show how prayer is rooted in the saving action of God, and how it is to be of the very essence of what it means to be a Christian. Facing the typical issues which all Christians face when coming to prayer, from inattentiveness to lack of persistence, the authors bind together theology and practice in a way that is both challenging and deeply moving. Shot through with wisdom from the Psalms and from greats such as John Bunyan and John Owen, this is another of those books to read, to reread, and to recommend to friends."
Is praying a duty or a delight? J. I. Packer and Carolyn Nystrom say that it's both; an essential, expected practice as a follower of Christ, but also a privilege and joy. As we start out learning to pray properly, however, the delight often seems to be missing. Here is practical help for active, honest praying that involves all of who we are - heart, hands and head - and moves us to deeper obedience, joy and intimacy with our Father.
Published March 2009
About the Author
J. I. Packer is Board of Governors Professor of Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. He also serves as contributing editor to Christianity Today. Packer's writings include books such as Knowing God, A Quest for Godliness, Growing in Christ and Rediscovering Holiness, and numerous articles published in journals such as Churchman, SouthWestern Journal, Christianity Today, Reformation & Revival Journal, and Touchstone.
Carolyn Nystrom is a freelance writer based in the western Chicago suburbs. She has written more than seventy-five books and Bible study guides and served as general editor for the Christian Classics series.