Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference?

August 30, 2006 Categories: Books , Faith | 6 Comments  

I had the privilege of reading an Advance Reader Copy of Phillip Yancey’s new book, Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference? The publisher sent me a copy to read and then I filled out a review/survey at their web site.

This book will be released on October 1st, and I highly recommend it. I have so many passages I would love to quote for you, but I’m not supposed to until I check with a published copy to make sure they didn’t get edited out. As soon as I can, I will post some great sections that made me think.

I’ve always struggled in the area of prayer. I know I should pray – and I do – but I’ve always wondered how much good it really does. God is sovereign, right? So are my prayers going to change His mind? And why did He heal my friend’s dog when she prayed but didn’t heal my other friend who died of cancer?

Yancey covers all these types of questions and more. He doesn’t have all the answers (who does?) but he does address each issue with intelligence and honesty. I will be reading this book again, when I can read more slowly and think more deeply on what I am reading.


  1. tonia

    I absolutely cannot wait for that book. Thanks for the tip.

  2. poptartmom

    I believe that prayers can make a difference. Consider the “sinners prayer”. I also think we have to remember that He is sovereign, and that is why we pray “Thy will be done”. Interesting food for thought… Thanks for the heads up on the book! *Smile*

  3. Carrie K.

    Tonia – you’re welcome.

    PopTart Mom – I agree that prayer makes a difference, but I find that it more often makes a difference in me than it changes the outcome of the situation. My questions are more in the line of why is this prayer answered but not that one?

  4. poptartmom

    I think I struggled with this alot when Rosie was born. Somewhere along the line, I have come to better accept that things that happen in life are all just part of His plan, even if we can’t see the big picture.

  5. Jennifer, Snapshot

    It sounds like something I would like to read. Prayer remains a difficult thing for me to feel like I am really understanding, so it sounds like this book would at least give me food for thought.

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