Before Amen by Max Lucado

Title:  Before Amen (The Power of a Simple Prayer)
Author:  Max Lucado
Pages:  192
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
This is a book that reads quickly, which is good when one feels the pressure of much yet to accomplish.  The book Max Lucado writes and shares with us is filled with nuggets of wisdom learned and things he is still learning.  Many may look at the author as one who knows so much; yet, even Max would tell you he is still learning and that we all should be as well.
At the end of the book is a study guide for those who want to learn more, perhaps develop their prayer life more or for use in a small group.  However you are led to utilize it remember Max is pointing you to the Savior.  The book is not a step-by-step instructional book on how to pray, but more like understanding the heart of communicating with God.
The only part I didn’t like was the many different versions used to quote Scripture even using the Message.  Grab a good Bible version and dwell there, look up the verses the author shares and write what you hear God saying to you.  The book will remind you that prayer doesn’t have to be complicated, full of fancy words or done for long periods of time.  Prayer is a command we are given by God to bring ourselves to Him and all the weights we tend to carry around in this sinful world.  Until we go home to be with Him, we need to know what He wants us to do, where to go and more importantly how to please Him.
My rating is 4 stars.
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