There is nothing like a good book. But finding that good read is far more likely with good recommendations from people you know who read. And guess what? I like to read, and have some great recommendations to share. Look at this list for a few of the best on the topic of prayer and worship:
- The first one on the list has to be Sacred Pathways by Gary Thomas. Have you ever felt out of place in church? Have you ever thought you'd connect to God much better if church was held out by a stream? On the other hand, have you wondered why on earth anyone would ditch church in the sanctuary for a walk up a mountain, or to go and feed the homeless. Sacred Pathways identifies 9 different paths to that wonderful encounter with God. And gives you permission to identify yours with information, and probing questions that are likely to open doors you knew were there somewhere. I really recommend this book.
- Secondly, someone gave me the book The Kneeling Christian, and it was such a blessing to my spiritual journey. It was written by a well known, but anonymous Christian leader - which makes it beautifully intriguing for me! As you read this book, you'll see how all real growth in the spiritual life--all victory over temptation, all confidence and peace in the presence of difficulties and dangers, all calmness of spirit in times of great disappointment of loss, all living communion with God--depends upon the practice of secret prayer. This book could be the beginning of a journey that takes you there. And at the time I'm typing here - the kindle version is 99 cents on Amazon.
- Next, I'd like to suggest another little book. The Practice of the Presence of God by brother Lawrence. To ever have what might feel like the real thing in prayer and worship, we eventually realize it will only come about as part of a fully surrendered life to Jesus. Brother Lawrence puts it this way: it is the art of "practicing the presence of God in one single act, that does not end." It's a gem, has been so for about 300 years, and you'll be blessed. Plus, right now as I type - the Kindle edition is 99 cents on Amazon.
- Finally, if you've not read Steps to Christ by Ellen White, then put that one on your list. Particularly chapter 11 on prayer.
My next list will be on discipleship and will include the Book Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster which is a wonderful work, and could just as easily be on this list too.