I was not sure about this book for a while, even though Philip Yancey is a superb writer – probably my favorite living writer. I was not sure about it because it seemed a bit dour. Yancey tends to focus on the difficult, the struggles, the suffering, the questions.
However, by the end of the book I felt it was a very good book. And a highly significant overview of prayer.
Philip Yancey is bright. He is so well-read. He is always honest and vulnerable. He doesn’t settle for simplistic answers. And he fills the book with an endless stream of stories, anecdotes and quotes.
The book is a combination of deep, reflective thought on prayer and numerous practical suggestions on prayer. It is not a book that makes you feel guilty about your prayer life but a book that is encouraging, even liberating. I highly recommend it.