Saturday, August 29, 2015

When I Pray, What Does God Do? ~ David Wilkinson

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Monarch Books (July 27, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 085721604X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857216045

Scientist and theologian David Wilkinson shares his insights and struggles with the question of how God answers prayer
How does God answer prayer? This question has engaged Christians for centuries. It has been intellectually shaped by the rise of science, the problem of evil, and the nature of the biblical records. Scientist and theologian David Wilkinson engages with the question, sharing his insights and struggles.
What we believe affects how we pray. Science does not rule out God acting in the universe in surprising ways, and the Bible portrays a God who acts in the world in response to people s prayers. God is not a slot machine, an indulgent parent, a divine dictator, or a ruler in absentia. But how does He work in a world of science? Why doesn t He answer more often? How has God acted in history? How did Jesus pray and what can we learn from Him? How, in a world governed by law and grace, should we pray?
There is a mystery about the nature and outcome of prayer, particularly in the experience of unanswered prayer. David Wilkinson shares how he has wrestled with this while praying in the midst of his wife s long-term illness.

My take on this book:
When I Pray, What Does God Do? by David Wilkinson is a book where the author explains his thoughts on prayer. He not only explains to us what God does do when we pray, but he shows us where to find the information in the Bible, thus allowing us to dig deeper if we so choose. The beginning of this book certainly caught my attention, after all who of us doesn't struggle at some point in our prayer life, and Mr. Wilkinson shares his story, in a very easy to relate to manner. I also enjoyed the many scripture references peppered through out the book, because I always enjoy looking up any scripture pertaining to whatever I am reading. The thing that bogged me down a bit was the scientific aspects which became what I consider dry reading. Overall the personal stories and antidotes balance out the drier aspects, and really had me thinking about what I really know about prayer. If your interested in learning about prayer from a scientific standpoint this just might be the book your looking for.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

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