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Baptist Standard Review: PRAYER by Timothy Keller

Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God
By Timothy Keller (Penguin Publishing)
Timothy Keller, founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City and prolific author of The Prodigal God and The Reason for God, among other books, provides a comprehensive examination of prayer.
Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God is divided into five sections—“Desiring God,” “Understanding Prayer,” “Learning Prayer,” “Deepening Prayer” and “Doing Prayer.” Each section is divided into chapters, and I found two chapters particularly rich in content—“An Encounter: Seeking His Face” and “Awe: Praising His Glory.”
Beginning with its introduction, in which Keller talks about prayer being communion or kingdom-related, this book is progressive in its format. The author defines prayer, and there isn’t an aspect of prayer, its nature or practice, this book doesn’t cover. It is replete with Scripture references, as well as references to other authors. Further, the endnotes are exhaustive.
Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God could be useful both to a Christian who is new to praying or to a seasoned prayer warrior. I highly recommend this book.
Skip Holman, minister of discipleship
Northeast Baptist Church
San Antonio

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