Before Amen: The Power of a Simple Prayer   -     By: Max Lucado
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Before Amen: The Power of a Simple Prayer

Thomas Nelson / 2014 / Hardcover

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Prayer is a lifeline, a beacon of hope that we can cling to in life's difficult moments...Lord, please protect my family...God, I need your help to make it through today...Jesus, thank you for your grace...It goes on and on. Prayer is the most necessary and most basic expression of our faith, yet we often struggle to do it. The daily duties of life crowd in, filling our days with activity and we don't communicate with our heavenly Father.

Thankfully, we aren't the first followers of Jesus to struggle with prayer. The disciples did too. In response to their questions, Jesus gives them, and us, a simple, beautiful example to follow. Likewise, in Before Amen, Max Lucado explores the very heart of Biblical prayer by offering distilled, hope-filled prayers that will help you turn your heart towards the One who longs to speak with you.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0849948487
ISBN-13: 9780849948480
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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 more? Better? Stronger? 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.

And 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?

In Before Amen best-selling author Max Lucado joins readers on a journey to the very heart of biblical prayer, offering hope for doubts and confidence even for prayer wimps. Distilling prayers in the Bible down to one pocket-sized prayer, Max reminds readers that prayer is not a privilege for the pious nor the art of a chosen few. Prayer is simply a heartfelt conversation between God and his child. Let the conversation begin.

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More than 120 million readers have found comfort in the writings of Max Lucado. He ministers at the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he lives with his wife, Denalyn, and a sweet but misbehaving mutt, Andy.

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  1. Indiana
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    The Simplicity I love from this author
    October 1, 2014
    Cara Putman
    Indiana
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Max Lucado brings a fresh perspective filled with child-like faith to the study of prayer in his new book before amen. That's what struck me about the book. The way Max Lucado highlights the true father-child relationship of prayer. I read passages of this book to my husband because they so struck me. I also highlighted, underlined, and tweeted thoughts...not because they were so revolutionary. But because in their very simplicity, the concepts urge me to approach my Father God as a child. To curl up in His lap and share my days and concerns. Prayer doesn't need to be complicated or pious. All that is needed is a heart ready for and seeking relationship.
  2. Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A New Approach to The Lord's Prayer
    September 26, 2014
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Max Lucado in his new book, Before Amen published by Thomas Nelson shows us The Power of a Simple Prayer.

    From the back cover: 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 wouldnt we like to pray more? Better? Stronger? 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 arent 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.

    And Jesus gave them a prayer. Not a lecture on prayer. Not the doctrine of prayer. He gave them a quotable, repeatable, portable prayer. Couldnt 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:

    Father, You are good. I need help. They need help. Thank you. In Jesus name, amen.

    In Before Amen best-selling author Max Lucado joins readers on a journey to the very heart of biblical prayer, offering hope for doubts and confidence even for prayer wimps. Distilling prayers in the Bible down to one pocket-sized prayer, Max reminds readers that prayer is not a privilege for the pious nor the art of a chosen few. Prayer is simply a heartfelt conversation between God and his child. Let the conversation begin.

    Max Lucado writes the greatest books in the world and this book is his best yet! With Before Amen he is looking at The Lords Prayer in an entirely different light than what we are used to. In nine chapters he breaks down what Jesus said and shows us a new way to approach the Throne of God. I am fascinated at what Pastor Lucado was able to come out with. This is life changing stuff. Simplicity. God wants to hear from us and He really enjoys it when we call Him Father, or Daddy. Once we got that down then the rest of the verses are easy. Before Amen is a book that you might want to read a few times. Once for the primary impact that it will have on your life then again for the truth that you missed the first time. You will want to give this book to family and friends so that they can know how to talk to God as well. They will always remember your gift and thank you for it. I recommend this book highly!

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  3. Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Before Amen
    September 20, 2014
    lcjohnson1988
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This is a book that reads quickly, which is good when one feels the pressure of much yet to accomplish. The book Max Lucado writes and shares with us is filled with nuggets of wisdom learned and things he is still learning. Many may look at the author as one who knows so much; yet, even Max would tell you he is still learning and that we all should be as well.

    At the end of the book is a study guide for those who want to learn more, perhaps develop their prayer life more or for use in a small group. However you are led to utilize it remember Max is pointing you to the Savior. The book is not a step-by-step instructional book on how to pray, but more like understanding the heart of communicating with God.

    The only part I didnt like was the many different versions used to quote Scripture even using the Message. Grab a good Bible version and dwell there, look up the verses the author shares and write what you hear God saying to you. The book will remind you that prayer doesnt have to be complicated, full of fancy words or done for long periods of time. Prayer is a command we are given by God to bring ourselves to Him and all the weights we tend to carry around in this sinful world. Until we go home to be with Him, we need to know what He wants us to do, where to go and more importantly how to please Him.
  4. Auburn, IN
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Before Amen
    September 20, 2014
    countrybear52
    Auburn, IN
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Max Lucado's newest book, Before Amen, The Power of a Simple Prayer, is a "how to" book about prayer. For anyone who has ever wondered how to approach God in prayer or just simply how to pray, this book is for you.

    The book is small consisting of nine simple to read chapters.

    1. The Pocket Prayer

    2. Father...Daddy

    3, You Are Good

    4, I Need Help

    5. Heal Me

    6. Forgive Me

    7. They Need Help

    8. Thank You

    9. In Jesus' Name, Amen

    I loved the way Mr. Lucado started chapter one, "Hello my name is Max. I'm a recovering prayer wimp. I doze off when I pray. My thoughts zig, then zag, then zig again." I could have made that same statement entering 'Cindy' for Max. Let's be honest, I'm sure some of you out there start prying at bedtime and the next thing you know you are waking up and never said 'amen'. Or you're in church and the pastor is leading prayer and your mind zig's to what to fix for lunch or where you plan to go after church. I'm sure most of us have been there before. If you find this to be true for yourself, this book is for you.

    Mr. Lucado shares about the different types of prayer and how we should pray during the times that are the hardest. In the first chapter, he shares with the reader his "Pocket-size Prayer". This prayer is easy to remember and should help the person who feels they don't know how to pray get started.

    So many times I have heard people say, 'I don't know how to pray'. Believe me there are many people in the world that feel that way. Mr. Lucado explains, "God will teach you to pray." He also goes on to tell the reader, "Prayer is simply a heartfelt conversation between God and his child".

    I enjoy Max Lucado's writing. It is simple for the reader to understand. In fact, it's like he is sitting across the room talking with you. His explanations are clear and easily understood.

    I would highly recommend Before Amen to anyone who wants a clear picture of praying. I truly enjoyed this book.

    On a 5-Star scale - *****

    I would like to thank Litfuse Publicity and Thomas Nelson Publishers for my advanced reader's copy of Before Amen. I received my copy for free in order to read it and give my honest review, which I have done.
  5. Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Prayer, a language of the heart.
    September 15, 2014
    Sufficient in Jesus
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    There are some beautiful ways to pray~

    We can pray through the Valley of Vision book.

    We can pray through Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication.

    We can pray by just talking and thinking towards God all day.

    And Max Lucado has offered us another way... the Pocket Prayer.

    It's quiet, simple, and direct. From our lips to His ear, our heart to His hand.

    I am wary of books on prayer. I hate the idea that we'll distort prayer somehow, and make faith more difficult for people.

    I'm afraid we'll make prayer seem like a formula or a machine.... something that "works" or "fails" or is "reliable."

    I don't know if prayer "works." That's kind of like saying a Mother's love for her baby "works." I think that is the wrong concept for it.

    I don't know if prayer "fails." I know Love never fails, and God is love.

    And I don't like the idea of prayer being "reliable" either... Do you mean you always get God's ear and His care, or that you always get the answer you thought you wanted?

    I'm frankly unsure what to make of my own Lord Jesus's promise that if we ask we will receive. I know that He is Love, and He is Good, and He always does the Right thing, so if we're asking for goodness, love, and righteousness we receive it. We are encouraged to pray for our dear ones, our dreams, and our desires. And He delights in protecting, providing, and preserving.

    Yet I also know that sometimes death, disease, and destruction come to us as well.

    Prayer doesn't ward those things off like an incantation. Prayer brings us close to God, and takes out cares before Him.

    And He acts for us. That's all I know.

    So I was eager to get this book, but cautious about it as well.

    I really like Max Lucado. His writing is calm and steady and not fearful. It's good for the soul.

    This book isn't an extensive how-to-pray manual. (Do we even need those anyway?)

    This is a very thin book that introduces us to The Pocket Prayer, and reminds us that when we pray our posture or phraseology ain't that important.

    It's all about the fact that God loves His kids, and we are the kids, and we can tell Him anything and He waits to listen.

    Thank you Litfuse for my review copy.
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