Friday, June 13, 2014

BLOG TOUR: Power in Prayer by David A. Christensen


ABOUT THE BOOK

Take a minute to gauge your relationship with God. Do you underestimate the power of prayer? This daily guide, with insights from General Authorities, scriptures, personal experiences, and commentary, will enrich and empower your prayers. As these thoughts increase your understanding of the significance of your prayers, your communication with God will be an unprecedented source of strength in your life.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR (from book)

David A. Christensen's love and enthusiasm for being a missionary was sparked in a missionary preparation class at Ricks College in the late 60s.  His love and testimony for the Book of Mormon was ignited in a religion class the following semester.  These two classes combined as a new beginning for what would one day become not only a passion but also the centerpiece of his professional contribution in the Church Education System and at Brigham Young University-Idaho.  David has taught missionary preparation and Book of Mormon classes for over thirty years.  His testimony and enthusiasm for the restored gospel was shared with missionaries and members in the Chile Santiago North Mission where he served as president, and again in Central American when he served as president of the Guatemala MTC.  He counts his eight children and growing number of grandchildren as his most important converts, and his best friend and wife, Deena Bond Christensen, his eternal companion.

REVIEW

This book has come along at a time when I really need the counsel offered within about the importance of prayer.  I really appreciated the four principles that he offers at the beginning. First, that prayer takes work, like all relationships, a relationship with God takes time and effort.  Second, "A person's spirituality will never be greater than the quality of his or her prayer life."  Third, quantity does matter. And fourth, prayer is often the first thing to go.

I found these principles all worth thinking about and I will undoubtedly ponder them more in the coming days and months.  The format of the book is perfect for reading quickly or taking time to ponder the quotes, experiences, scriptures, and self-examination questions provided. The thoughts and perspectives on prayer that the author shares are all good ones and well worth considering.  The book is perfect for those like me who need some guidance in more fulling taking advantage of and understanding the concept of prayer. Highly recommended.

Deseret Book

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