The Good: I’ll get straight to the point, the two things l liked best about this book: practicality & the golden nuggets. I’ll start with the golden nuggets, because you are probably wondering if that is a new type of cereal or candy bar that comes with the book. What I mean is some of the phrases and thoughts in this book are simply pure gold. Can I share a few? “If something is big enough to worry about, it’s big enough to pray about”. “Prayer is helplessness plus faith”. “Sin is like earwax that must be removed in order for God’s voice to come through loud and clear.”
On the practicality meter, it would be a 5.0 for sure (that is high for a practicality meter reading, if you didn’t know and if there was such a thing in real life). Written by a pastor, you can tell he has spent a great deal of time applying his principles to his church and family life, because there are examples of how to implement more prayer everywhere you turn in this book. It is fantastic. Let me give you a personal example. He suggested offering to pray for the teacher in parent/teacher conferences. May seem simple to you, but I tried that (my daughter is in Kindergarten, so we had our FIRST conference this past month). And man, the teacher’s face just lit up and she almost screamed yes! She was thrilled with our offer, and we were able to share God’s love in a special way. That’s just one example!
The Bad: Very rarely, but the author takes things a little too far, whether in sarcasm or in practice. On page 218, I didn’t appreciate his permissiveness in allowing foul language while using accountability (although it was “bleeped” out). In my mind, you can still be stern and serious with someone in your accountability without using coarse language. Frankly, I felt like that part of the chapter was not needed, and the liberty given was not warranted.
The Grade: B+. You know, maybe you have a prayer life like Bubba Watson’s golf swing, self-taught, never needing a coach, But I sure could use a prayer coach. This book provides the coaching, training, and ideas to improve a prayer life that can always use some improvement. So, if your prayer life needs no motivation, never needs a halftime speech, and rarely needs any fine-tuning, than this book isn’t for you. But, if your prayer life is not perfect, gets stuck in ruts, and could use some energy, give this book a try.