Several months ago, my kids and I were talking about how you pray to God. They asked, “What do you say?”. I realized then that the act of prayer can feel awkward. That doesn’t diminish it’s value, but in a time where we text and (usually) get an instant response, pray can feel one-sided.
I’ve been a Christian for so long, I value prayer and I don’t question it. I know it works. Even when situations are hard and difficult, I’ve seen the Lord answer prayers. In the midst of my deep pain, I’ve seen God work. In the Bible, Jesus talks about praying should be as simple as The Lord Prayer: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy Will Be Done, On Earth as It is in Heaven. Give us this day, our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Amen. But, what about if you don’t speak Old English like in the King James Version?
Adam Weber’s book, Talking With God came out this week. In his debut book, Adam tackles the topic of prayer in a way that makes you feel like you are having coffee with a friend and the subject of prayer casually comes up. Adam’s conversational tone is consistent throughout his book; this takes the intimidation factor down a notch. Adam makes prayer applicable and walks you through it carefully. He is deeper than, “ya just pray”. He divides prayer into three topics – Who We Talking to, How We Pray, and The Way To Pray. With personal stories, a great sense of humor, and a lot of honesty, Adam walks readers through prayer. He weaves in quotes from great theologians, examples of prayers to pray, and stories of his devotion to the Cincinnati Bengals. Talking With God is the perfect balance of Christian Self Help/Beginner’s Theology book.
As you read, don’t be surprised if you burst out laughing. I was surprised that I was laughing while reading a book about prayer, but I think that is the point Adam is trying to bring home: prayer should be a joyful conversation with the Our God. Even if the topic is difficult, we approach The Lord with thankfulness that we can trust Him with our sorrows. Adam shows this clearly by inserting humor.
Adam is the lead pastor at his church, Embrace. As I read his book, I got a good sense of the community at Embrace. This community was mentioned thoroughout Talking With God. That’s a great reflection of how a church treats it’s people – especially when a book blogger in Georgia wants to visit a church in South Dakota because their pastor has been bragging on them.
Be sure to grab Talking With God. It’s a great book; perfect for new and old Christians alike!
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