“I often shrink from books about prayer, because they usually produce in me feelings of inadequacy. I was delighted to find Tim Jones to be a sympathetic, not intimidating, guide. He writes with humility, clarity, and practicality–exactly the qualities I want in a book on prayer.”
Revised and Expanded Edition with Study Guide Included
“Timothy Jones…guides us into a life of prayer not by cramming us with knowledge and technique, but by quietly returning us to simplicity of soul and the presence of God.”
Something within us wants to grow closer to the God who loves to relate to us. But we often hesitate. Even though we have a desire to pray, questions nag us:
Can I pray when I feel distant from God?
Is it okay to ask God for help in “little” things?
What do I do when I don’t know what to say?
What sense can I make of seemingly unanswered prayer?
How do I keep growing closer to God?
In The Art of Prayer, Timothy Jones honestly shares his own struggles with prayer and invites you to be honest–and hopeful–as well. Offering biblically wise, warmly instructive explorations of our questions, Jones considers how you can become fluent in the world’s simplest language: talking with God.
Includes a full-length inductive Bible study guide on prayer, ideal for small groups or individual readers.
“…wisely human, spiritually practical, and wonderfully interesting.”
– the late Lewis Smedes, author of My God and I
“…luminous prose and…lucid insights.”
Jones, a freelance writer and former managing editor at Ballantine's short-lived religion imprint, Moorings, has written a fine introduction to prayer, as well as a deeply reflective meditation on this much-written-about subject, to encourage those who already make prayer a practice. Jones opens the book with an eloquent exploration of common questions-such as "Is God really approachable?" "Does God listen carefully?" and "What do I say when I pray?"-that often precede the practice of prayer. Laced with appropriate anecdotes and insights, each chapter begins with relevant quotes on prayer from a variety of sources and ends with short prayers from noted men and women of faith. While the book is written from a decidedly Christian perspective, it will appeal to a broad readership because of Jones's luminous prose and his lucid insights into the nature of a religious practice common to all religions. Jones's "simple guide" will be especially useful to people seeking to reintegrate the art and practice of prayer into their busy lives.