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Praying with the Grain Nonfiction Review

Title:  Praying With the Grain
Author:  Dr Pablo Martinez
Pages:  160
Year:  2012
Publisher:  Monarch Books
Note:  I received a complimentary copy from Kregel for an honest review.  Follow more reviews via Twitter @lcjohnson1988 or

                In this short book there are 5 chapters, divided into two main parts:  The Psychology of Prayer and The Apologetics of Prayer.  This book is a revised edition originally published in 2001.  Being an avid reader, there are many books that I find can cover a vast array of opinions as well as topics.  During my college years I had to take some psychology classes that weren’t all that exciting or interesting.  Others find psychology interesting and of value to them.  I don’t want to address any of that in this review; I just want to mention it as this book may be of help to them.
                Dr. Martinez has an interesting perspective that he expresses throughout the book.  It isn’t that there aren’t a couple of points that were worth reading, because there are.  However, I strongly disagree with any author who takes man’s ideas and then brings in Scripture or looks at Biblical characters from another era and culture with 21st century psychological ideologies.  The book starts out laying the foundation that how one prays is in accordance to a person’s temperament and personality.  Before the reader gets to this first chapter, the two pages that contain “The Introduction to the First Edition” state the author’s three purposes for writing his book.
                While the heart of the author and his ideas may be of some help to the readers, the book is pretty discouraging to me.  I found my mind wondering while just trying to grasp where the doctor was going and learning the conclusions being drawn.  Upon reading the few who wrote their reviews of this book, most rated it very highly.  I find though that this book lacks the perspective of looking at prayer through the eyes of Scripture first before using any of man’s ideas of a psychiatrist, psychologist, or any field of study.  It is inherently dangerous to begin looking at prayer from a horizontal perspective first and then looking vertically.  Therefore, my rating of this book is 2 stars for the few good points that the author makes.

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