Kyle Strobel & John Coe: Where Prayer Becomes Real

How Honesty With God Transforms Your Soul (Baker)

Where Prayer Becomes Real: How Honesty With God Transforms Your Soul
(Baker, 2021)

WHO: Kyle Strobel, professor of spiritual theology and formation at Talbot School of Theology, and John Coe, director of the Institute for Spiritual Formation and professor of spiritual theology and philosophy at Talbot School of Theology.

THEY SAY: “To embrace deeper prayer, we must rest on how far God has gone to call us to himself to hear the truth of our hearts.”

THE BIG IDEA: Allow God’s love to guide you in prayer and trust that even if you don’t know how to pray as you ought, God understands.

In Part 1, “What We Need to Unlearn about Prayer,” looks at how wandering minds can be a gift, if prayer can be a way to hide from God, if prayer doesn’t meet our expectations and if God wants our sin and pain.
In Part 2, “Pray Without Ceasing,” examines praying the Psalms, practicing prayers of intention, being watchful, praying prayers of intercession, and practicing prayers of recollection. The book also contains a conclusion, leaders guide and appendices.

“To grow in prayer requires that one is open to God as he really is—and open to the truth of oneself in his presence.”

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