Jul 26 2017

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Book Review: The Essential Guide to Prayer by Dutch Sheets

The Essential Guide to Prayer

The Essential Guide to Prayer by Dutch Sheets


The Essential Guide to Prayer: How to Pray with Power and Effectiveness  (affiliate link) came at a perfect time. I’d been wanting to read more about prayer, and the title caught my attention. I’m not new to talking with God, but I needed to renew my mind on the subject.

What I liked

I liked the author’s conversational style of writing. He brought forth the topic of prayer within the context of real life. Most of the time, he used his own stories. He also included many examples of others who have experienced the power of prayer in their lives. As I read about the miraculous answers to prayer, I thought over and again Wow, that’s amazing. Could God answer my prayers in the same way? What prayers could be answered if I persevered in prayer?

The author explained the meanings of the original language words used for intercession in a fresh and unique way. Knowing the meaning of words brings depth to the understanding of scripture.

As a whole, this book encouraged me in the necessity of prayer. While I want more understanding about unanswered (or a “no” answer) prayer, he gave solid answers to possible reasons why a “yes” answer is delayed.

My favorite parts

One of my favorite parts of the book was the prayer at the end of each chapter. For those who are new to prayer or not so new, these sample prayers take the thrust of the chapter and apply the message with prayer. What’s more appropriate to a book on prayer than praying?

Final thoughts

My biggest takeaways:

  • Prayer is about a relationship with God.
  • God answers according to his will. Pray scripture with a desire to align with God’s heart.
  • Whenever God prompts, pray.
  • Prayer changes me and the world around me.

I don’t know if I agree with everything the author asserted in the book, but I recommend this book for anyone who wants to learn more about prayer.

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I was given a free copy of this book to review from Bethany House Book Publishers. My opinion is my own. Unlike a biased view of my kids (the best in the world), the review is my honest thoughts and reflections.

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  1. Janet

    Where can I buy the book

    1. Cheryl

      There’s a link with the title of the book.

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