Givington's Top 10 Books on Prayer

 

1. Psalms - Dietrich Bonhoeffer 

"The richness of the Word of God ought to determine our prayer, not the poverty of our heart." Bonhoeffer shows Psalms to be a rich treasury of prayers that are part of God's inspired word, and therefore a true place to learn how God would have us pray.

2. Praying the Lord's Prayer - J.I. Packer

Praying is a problem for many people. Christians often go through the motions of prayer because it is expected of them, but they are often left wondering, "Did God hear me? Does he even care?" In his book Praying the Lord's Prayer, an excerpt from Growing in Christ, J. I. Packer presents a powerful truth: prayer is a natural activity between the Heavenly Father and his children.

3. A Praying Life - Paul Miller 

Paul Miller shares his insights and conclusions about how to connect the broken pieces of your life and allow prayer—even poorly delivered—to fill the gaps with meaning and substance. Miller's down-to-earth approach and practical nature will help you see that your relationship with God can grow and your communication with Him can get better.

4. Sanctuary of the Soul Richard Foster 

“At the very heart of God is the passionate disposition to be in loving fellowship with you. . . . From the human side of this equation it is meditative prayer that ushers us into this divine-human fellowship."  Weaving together quotes and stories from the lives of mothers and fathers of the faith as well as powerful encounters with God from his own life, Foster describes the riches of quieting your mind and heart in order to listen to and obey God more closely. 

5. The Sacrament of the Present Moment - Jean-Pierre de Caussade 

The Sacrament of the Present Moment is the three hundred-year-old classic of spiritual guidance and enlightenment by Jean-Pierre de Caussade, ordained member of the Society of Jesus. In this wise, hopeful, and powerfully stirring masterwork of Christian thought and daily practice, de Caussade encourages a selfless abandonment to God as a means of achieving grace and conquering pride and ego.

6. On Prayer: Conversation with God - John Calvin 

This book collects for the first time John Calvin’s teachings on prayer, taken from his 1559 classic Institutes of the Christian Religion. Calvin scholar John Hesselink puts Calvin’s views in context with an introductory essay for the book. A summary and questions for discussion precede each segment of Calvin’s text, making this volume ideal for personal and group study.

7. A Call to Spiritual Reformation - D.A. Carson 

God doesn't demand hectic church programs and frenetic schedules; he only wants his people to know him more intimately, says D. A. Carson. The apostle Paul found that spiritual closeness in his own fellowship with the Father. A Call to Spiritual Reformation investigates the Epistles to see what lessons Paul taught in his "school of prayer." Christians today can still achieve the confidence Paul enjoyed by following his life-shaping principles and searching for a deeper devotional experience.

8. Book of Common Prayer 

Originally produced for the Church of England in the sixteenth century by Thomas Cranmer, who was burned at the stake upon the accession to the throne of the ardently Catholic Queen Mary, it contains the entire liturgy as first presented in English.  

9. On Prayer - EM Bounds  

This contains E.M. Bounds most cherished teachings on the life of prayer, which is the only effective barrier against the powers of evil so prevalent in this present world. He uncovers how you can have direct communication with God, maintain a prayer life that produces results, overcome Satan and his hold on prayer, and obtain all that God has for you.

10. Practice of His Presence - Brother Lawrence 

In the words of this humble seventeenth-century lay Carmelite, "we must trust God once and for all and abandon ourselves to Him alone." This difficult task necessarily requires perseverance and continual conversation with God in all activities great and small: "speaking humbly and talking lovingly with Him at all times, at every moment, without rule or system..."  In reading these conversations, letters, and spiritual maxims, we learn the key to endless joy.