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5.0 out of 5 starsVery insightful, genuine, practical and filled with hope.
Reviewed in the United States on October 15, 2020
Pastor Rusty has done a spectacular job addressing "after amen" one's actions, attitude, and posture. Each chapter buildings on one another with excellent questions to reflect upon and recommended spiritual disciplines to do as you take the journey with him through After Amen.
A book written with simplicity. So easy to understand. Refreshing that the writer and pastor has the same questions we as followers have. A very healthy insight on what we should expect after we say Amen. Easy read. Great gift.
5.0 out of 5 starsSome encouragement to keep you going in the "waiting".
Reviewed in the United States on October 14, 2020
I think many of us have been in a situation where we've prayed and nothing seems to happen. In this book, Pastor Rusty George takes some everyday examples of prayer and ponders the waiting in-between. What happens in the waiting? This is an unusual take, at least for me but this is where people often lose faith. The waiting is often so critical because we all want our prayers to be answered, in a timely manner and for the outcome we desire. But when that prayer isn't answered, what happens? Doubt sneaks in.
Through simple language and relatable stories, Pastor Rusty shows us that there is another way. You can choose to look for direction because one action could lead to another and sometimes prayers are answered in this way. Not the straight-forward, hit you over the head way, but sometimes you are led to a person who can help or you are made aware of larger issue that needs your attention. But you have to listen for God's instruction and not quickly give up only to let doubt move in.
Right now, a lot of people are praying. Praying for their jobs, their health, their family members who have been affected by this pandemic in some way. After Amen offers a gentle hug and encouragement and we ALL need this right now. Pick up a copy.
4.0 out of 5 starsDecent - but wish it'd gone in more depth!
Reviewed in the United States on March 13, 2021
It was really good, but I don't think AMAZING. xD But then the only other Christian nonfiction I've ever read is C.S. Lewis, so ... yeah. Take that with a grain of salt. In some ways, though, it did at least make me think - even if I felt it didn't really give me the answers I was looking for in some arenas. But in other arenas, it DID give me the answers I was looking for!
I wish it had spent a bit more time addressing some of the fallacies people have about prayer - say, for instance, the fallacy that something about your manner of praying with miraculous make God more inclined to hear you, something I have struggled with. I try to check off all the boxes - and then blame myself for lack of faith, lack of proper procedures, phrasing something wrong, etc. And though I know it's my fears that lead to such thoughts more so than Biblical truth, I still would've liked to see the author refute a lot of the things that he talked about (and he did talk about a lot of things I really related to ... he just didn't address them on most counts).
Otherwise, though, I found the book quite helpful and encouraging as I am attempting to further my prayer life
As I was reading this book, I felt as if I were sitting in a small group and discussing this topic with the author. Rusty George’s writing style is personable with touches of humor, and that made this an enjoyable book to read. However, this is also a thoughtful, encouraging, and sometimes convicting look at the questions we have when it doesn’t seem that our prayers are being answered or we’ve received a “no” to one of our prayers. I highlighted quite a few passages in this book and appreciated the way the author leads us chapter-by-chapter to a Eggert understanding of the close relationship we can have with God during difficult times. I love the scripture verses/prayers from the Bible that’s included at the end of each chapter, and I know I’ll be returning to those sections of the book again and again. If you have struggled with waiting on God to answer a prayer, or the way He answered it, this is a wonderful book for you to read. With the discussion questions included at the end of each chapter, this would also be a good book for a class or group study.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.