What I love most about Prayer: In Practice is the rich variety of strategies or ways into prayer Gerhardt offers. I recommend reading the whole book, trying out as many of the prayer practices as you can, then choosing a few to purposefully incorporate into your own life, keeping an open mind and remaining willing to change your approach as needed. I found using the Lord's Prayer as an outline for my personal prayer to be powerful and helpful for a season. Then I tried setting up a cute prayer board, but I didn't get any further than a few squares of cork board and a couple index cards. I love the idea, and it works great for many people; it just isn't working well in the day-to-day flow of my life right now. But right now I am finding GREAT richness in using different sections of Scripture as frames for personal prayer - which I typically write out in a journal. Buy a Prayer: In Practice for yourself, and buy a copy for a friend so you can exchange ideas and share the journey into prayer! This book will bring great blessings!
I read through this book quickly to see if I would want to recommend this for a Bible study group. I definitely will be going through this again more slowly, so I can apply the Biblical principles presented.
We used this book for our ladies Bible study, and it was a great tool for improving prayer life and growing closer to God. The prompts and application techniques were helpful and just the right amount of challenging. I enjoyed it so much that I have started giving it away to friends who have had surgery, to shut ins, or anyone that might need some encouragement. It's a great tool for reaching out to others because, really, who doesn't want to improve their prayer life?
I bought this book to restart my prayer life after some major transitions. The exercises were a great way to make prayer a habit in my new season of life, and it was a refresher course on the wide array of things I have to pray about! I would suggest buying the hard copy; it is easier to refer back to exercises you might have missed or would like to repeat.
If you are struggling in your prayer life, this is the perfect workbook to help you get back on track. The writer provides great instruction on HOW you can pray as well as reminding you of the importance prayer plays in everyday life. I love that she is a member of the church and a homeschooling mom, making her very relatable. Definitely worth getting!