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Book #48: Do You Pray? by J.C. Ryle

Number of pages: 29

It pains me to be negative about a Christian book, but I really didn't enjoy this very much.

I was hoping for a bit more of a practical guide to how to pray. I know this sounds silly - Christians should know how to pray, right? But all the best Christian books really take the reader by the hand throughout.

For the most of it, I felt like I was being bashed over the head with the constantly-repeated question, "DO YOU PRAY?", and I could also tell that J.C. Ryle was somewhat more conservative in his approach that many other Christian authors that I've read.

When he finally got onto his pointers about how Christians should pray, it felt like too little, too late. Also, Jesus showed his disciples how to pray (the Lord's prayer) in the Gospels, but I saw no mention of this at all. I try to judge Christian tomes as to whether I would lend them to people who are less familiar with Christianity, and who are just looking into this, and because I found this one so preachy, I definitely wouldn't.

I forget who recommended this book to me, but I also have Why We Pray? by William Phillips on my reading list, and I hope I will get more out of this.

Next book: Not Dead Enough by Peter James
Tags: christian, essays, non-fiction, scholarly, spiritual reading, unimpressed

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