Originally for me, this book fell into one of two buckets
This is a book deliberately written to provide a simple guide to return to simple prayer.
Someone famous who has just thrown together some well worn prayer certainties which has taken him about twenty minutes.
I have to confess that the first time I read this, it fell into the second bucket – leaving almost no impression at all. It was like eating one of those flying saucer sweets that melted on your tongue and then disappeared to nothing. (Although sometimes, if you were unlucky, they got stuck on your teeth and you couldn’t get them off and your mouth went all claggy.)
However, I wouldn’t claim to be the queen of the world when it comes to attention spans, so I had another look, especially as I noticed that it was nominated for Christian Book of the Year. Having read it again, I think that, if it is read a different way to the way that I did; slowly, prayerfully and possibly with a pencil and notebook, there is more to be had here than I gave it credit for. There are simple but strong truths here and it does no harm to read them again. There is also a study area at the back where you can go over what you have read and apply it. It opens up even further then. I think it probably does people good to read that prayer can be simple and straightforward. We do not need to put on airs and graces to come to our Father to speak and it is important to know that. (However as a person who has few problems getting stuff off her chest to God and whines to him on an almost minute by minute basis, I sometimes wonder if God thinks he could do with a bit more reverence and all that hows your father from me – but that’s my shortcoming not yours I expect.)
For me, other books on prayer – “Too Busy Not To Pray” by Bill Hybels and “The Road Of Blessing” by Pen Wilcock hit the mark a bit more. That is very much a personal preference of course – don’t write to the Daily Mail. I would recommend the Lucado, as a basis to overhaul your prayer life and shake it up a bit. If you do it properly I think it is very useful.
I, on the other hand, am now going back to reading the next one in CF Dunn’s “Secret of the Journal” series. It’s very tense and a real knicker gripper as my old nana used to say.