I decided to read Talking With God, by Adam Weber, because I felt like I needed to focus more on prayer, and I wanted to have a fresh perspective on it. The fact that it was written by someone not of my faith, but still a fellow Christian, made me hopeful that I could gain some new insights that would help me build my testimony of prayer.
Reading this book definitely made me remember the many blessings God has given me, and the solace I have found in prayer, and the times when my prayers have been answered more abundantly than I could have hoped. It also reminded me of how much being able to talk to my Heavenly Father has made it possible for me to trust God to see me through hard times and situations - even when they're caused by my own foolishness.
This book could be a little rambling at times, but the layout was simple and easy to follow. Much of the book was anecdotal, but there were a lot of scriptures to back up the author's points. The footnotes threw me off for a little bit, because they were really just side notes, and really not critical to the book (other than scripture references), like foot note 1 in Chapter 2. Easter Bunny: 1. Another year, I got a Salt-N-Pepa CD. Awesome. (p. 189). I do have to admit though, that is the first time I've read every foot note in a book. It can read a bit like a memoir at times, but the author has a light touch of humor, and his experiences he shares are always used to illustrate his point.
I was never bored while I was reading the book. It didn't drag. It was a well-paced sermon on prayer. The book challenged the reader to do a couple of different things, and while I usually skip over challenges, I did a few of these. At one point, Reverend Weber suggested praying for someone, then letting that person know that you were praying for them, and what you had prayed for them. It was a little out of my comfort zone - although I've definitely told people having a hard time that I would pray for them - but, I decided to go for it (I forget which page this challenge is on, by the way). I don't think I'm going to adopt this as a new practice, but I did have a good experience. I was able to communicate to a friend that I care, and that I have a testimony that God cares.
I felt like this book lacked a little bit of the reverence I have for my Heavenly Father. I understand, as Reverend Weber was demonstrating his point throughout that Jesus and Heavenly Father are our friends, but I would have loved to have seen a touch more deference.
Overall, I'm glad I read this book. Not only did it give me the opportunity to think over my relationship with Heavenly Father, but it reminded me that God answers the prayers of all of His children, and that He is happy anytime one of His children comes to Him in prayer.
I recommend this book to those who are looking for a beginning or review perspective on prayer.
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