Talking With God: What To Say When You Don't Know How To Pray by Adam Weber is a book on prayer for "the rest of us" - those of us who struggle with what to say when it's just us and God; when we're not reading out of some pre-written prayer book or copying the person standing across from us.
Adam starts with the notion that talking to God is different from talking with God, and that most of us have learned a scripted way to talk to God but find ourselves lacking when it comes to having a heartfelt conversation with God. He uses a combination of personal and Scriptural examples to guide us on a journey to learn a few key points about the God we talk with; things most of us probably haven't given much thought. Then Adam discusses the way we pray - and the way we should pray. His keywords here are Short, Simple, and Honest. God says we should come to him like children, so Adam uses plenty of examples from the lives of his four children.
Adam then gives us moving stories of personal struggles and real-life examples of how to pray when life hits its many bumps, including storms, discouragement, being stuck, exhaustion, need of an anchor, seeking God, and extending grace. The Field Notes (footnotes) at the back of the book add Adam's personal wit and humor to this read, reminding you to lighten up and enjoy life while seeking God.
So how exactly does Adam propose that we talk with God? By keeping it short, simple, and honest. And by realizing that you've already been talking with God your entire life - even if you weren't yet a Christian. When the Bible says to pray "unceasingly", it means exactly that. Everything we say and do becomes an opportunity to converse with God. Talking With God will help show you how. 5/5 stars.
*Disclaimer: I received a free print copy of this book from the publisher via Blogging For Books, for the purpose of this honest review. All opinions are my own.*
About The Author (back cover copy):
Adam Weber is the founder and lead pastor of Embrace, a church that has six campuses in two states. He likes typewriters, drives a Rambler, cheers for the Cincinnati Bengals, and has four chickens and a dog named Daisy. Adam, his beautiful wife, Becky, and their kids live in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Fun fact: He once made worldwide news when a turkey vulture fell out of the sky and onto his back porch during an ice storm. Google it.Helpful Links:
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