Category Prayer

Theology of Ministry

Product DetailsTheology of Ministry
By Edward Hahnenberg
The Liturgical Press
Retail Price $26.00
Amazon Price: $19.60

Book Description:

Theology for Ministry is for beginning ministry students, seasoned lay leaders, and anyone in between who wants to learn more about the faith that feeds their call to serve. Six easy-to-read chapters introduce the main areas of theology that every lay minister ought to know: the notion of vocation, the doctrine of God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, church, and ministry. By sharing personal stories and simple examples, Edward Hahnenberg brings the Bible to life and dusts off ancient church doctrines–revealing the many ways our tradition can inspire the work of lay ministers today.


This book is clear, concise, distinct, well organized, and very readable.  If you are interested in furthering your knowledge of theology and to know why you hold your beliefs, you will find it interesting and a real page-turner. This is an excellent introduction to theology that is interesting and exciting, and would make a wonderful group discussion text.

~Reviewed by Dave H.

    Whispers of Hope

    Whispers of Hope
    By Beth Moore

    B&H Publishing
    Retail Price $14.99
    Amazon Price: $13.32

    Book Description:

    Scripture tells us to pray without ceasing, but how in the world do we do that? In fact, how should we effectively pray to begin with?

    Best-selling author Beth Moore addresses these practical and pervasive matters in Whispers of Hope by walking readers through an easy to remember and apply method of prayer, coupled with seventy daily devotionals and followed by prompts to put this prayer method into practice.

    Indeed, Whispers of Hope teaches the manifestation process of powerful Word-saturated prayer in response to a daily Bible reading. In turn, you will better understand how devotional reading and prayer are central to a stronger relationship with God.


    Every page of this book does justice to the title; prayer whispers hope into our hearts. I find this book very simple, yet profound.  Our deepest longing is that place of peace, where we find meaning in a chaotic and distracting world. This book discusses methods of prayer,  and interesting devotionals on a variety of topics, including the power of prayer and the peace it brings.  If you are serious about prayer, this book is for you.  If you are simply curious about how to get started praying from the heart, this book is also for you. Moore presents a depth of wisdom that leads any reader to a better understanding of how they might mature in their life of prayer. I  highly recommend this book.

    ~Reviewed by Debbie M.

      PUSH: Pray

      PUSH: Pray
      By Jurgen Matthesius
      Thomas Nelson  –
      Retail Price $15.99
      Amazon Price: $12.60

      Book Description:

      This revolutionary book will explain what God wants for and from us when we petition Him for his will to manifest “on Earth as it is in Heaven,” and how to understand the difference.Do you ever feel as if, despite your spirituality and faith, something significant is missing? Most teenagers and college students, as well as tens of millions of adults, are still striving to figure out the purpose and meaning of their lives.The natural struggle for faith in something intangible can be compounded by incorrect teachings and contradictory explanations of the workings of God in our lives. How does “free will” really work? What does it mean to ask for God’s will? When things happen in life, how do you really know whether that is God’s will? Is there really any point in praying for His will if we can’t influence it?These haunting personal questions became the genesis of PUSH as Matthesius sought answers. Now, he unpacks the powerful biblical truths he learned—the result of deep revelation from discovering God and constantly seeking to know him with all his heart.PUSH is about helping you discover God’s dream for your life so you become the blessing you were meant to be. It is about helping you truly embrace the power of prayer and understand what that means instead of simply treating it as a platitude you offer when someone is struggling. This book will instill confidence and promote vision. PUSH will stir you to take action, to remain vigilant, and Pray Until Something Happens.


      This is a great book of inspiration really.  The author does a great job encouraging the reader to persevere in prayer and gives incredible insight into the practice of prayer and it’s purpose, power, and meaning as shown in the Bible.  This book strikes a moving chord that is more full of yearning and wonder than it is of easy answers. Prayer is our partnership with God, our chance to join forces with God’s power to confront suffering and evil head-on.  This would make a great gift for someone who needs a “push” to persevere in prayer.

      ~Reviewed by Rosie B.

        Choose Love Prayer and Study Guide

        Choose Love Prayer and Study Guide
        By StormieOmartian
        Harvest House Publishing
        Retail Price $9.99
        Amazon Price: $9.18

        Book Description: 

        A companion to Stormie Omartian’s brand-new book, Choose Love, this prayer and action guide will give you tools to help you

        • understand the depth of God’s love for you
        • let the power of His love transform you
        • learn how to effectively express your love to others

        Created for individuals or small groups, Choose Love provides thoughtful questions, helpful discussion insights, and other creative ways to go deeper in connecting with God.


        I read the book first as part of a book club and then decided to go through the study guide to help me learn and apply more of Stormies’ principles.   While I see the benefit it would be to go through this book in a small group, I think the study guide is perfect for individual reflection as well.  It is an excellent spiritual resource.

        ~Reviewed by Kathy R.

          The 40 Day Prayer Challenge

          Product DetailsThe 40 Day Prayer Challenge
          By SQuire Rushnell and Louise DuArt

          Howard Books
          Retail Price:  $19.99
          Amazon Price: $14.99

          Book Description:   From one of the beloved creators of Schoolhouse Rock and the popular GodWink series, New York Times bestselling author SQuire Rushnell teams up with his wife Louise DuArt for The 40 Day Prayer Challenge—a simple yet powerful idea that encourages partners to pray together for just five minutes a day for forty days.

          SQuire and Louise have practiced daily prayer together for sixteen years. Now, they offer readers step-by-step advice on where, when, and what words to use in praying with another person: be it a spouse, loved one, family member, or a friend. In a straight-forward fashion, with astonishing examples of how Partnered Prayer can restore relationships and revitalize families, countless questions are answered including:

          -How do we start praying together?
          -Can we pray about anything?
          -How do I get my mate to pray with me?
          -Does romance get better when you pray together?
          -Is there scientific evidence for prayer?
          -What if my prayers aren’t answered?

          In association with several prominent mega-churches and Baylor University’s Institute for the Studies of Religion, SQuire and Louise are initiating the first empirical research study ever done on the effects of prayer among two people over an extended period. The 40 Day Prayer Challenge also provides a no-cost online opportunity to participate in the ongoing study. When the fun and transformational challenge finishes at forty days, prayer partners will receive a scorecard on how well they did, and join others in experiencing the amazing, wonderful things that happen during Partnered Prayer.


          Prayer is an ancient spiritual practice that seeks to unify our hearts with God.  Many of us pray alone, silently to ourselves.  And yet, we have been told by spiritual leaders that prayer is most powerful when it is done with others.   This exciting new book gives you all of the tools you need to start using your resources and really change your life and see your prayers answered.  It offers a bold and fun approach to the most intimate and important activity of our lives, connecting to God.  Filled with strength and disarming realness, this book will take your spirituality, your relationships, and your deepest desires into a whole new dimension of possibility and accomplishment. I am so excited for everyone who reads this book!

          ~Reviewed by Charlene M.