A Year Of Living Prayerfully

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Is Anyone Listening? Do My Prayers Really Change Anything?

Jared Brock sensed that something was missing in his prayer life, so he embarked on a yearlong journey to rediscover the power of prayer (and eat some delicious falafel).


* Dances with Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn
* Discovers the 330-year-old home of Brother Lawrence
* Burns his clothes at the end of the Camino de Santiago
* Attends the world’s largest church in Seoul
* Visits Westboro Baptist Church
* Tries to stay out of trouble in North Korea
* Attempts fire walking (with only minor burns) 

Although up to 90% of us pray, very few of us feel like we’ve mastered prayer. A Year of Living Prayerfully is a fascinating, humorous, globe-trotting exploration of prayer that will help you grow your own prayer life. While filming a documentary about sex trafficking, Jared and Michelle Brock felt a deep need for prayer in their personal lives. In an effort to learn more about prayer, the couple traveled the globe, exploring the great Judeo-Christian prayer traditions: in mountains and monasteries, in Christian communities and cathedrals, standing up and lying down, every hour and around the clock. Jared’s witty reflections on his fast-paced journey will both entertain and inspire you to think about your own prayer journey.

Join Jared on a rollicking modern-day prayer pilgrimage… you’ll never pray the same again.
Can you believe it has taken me three weeks to finish Jared Brock‘s book A Year Of Living Prayerfully??  This book had me all over the place emotionally. ( I sound like such a girl there) I was mad, frustrated, in disbelief, I laughed out loud, and dare I say I was hopeful…
I really enjoyed reading about some of Jared’s adventures. You could see God working through his stories. For instance in Spain when he wanted to meet someone that hiked the Camino trail. Or how he got to meet the Pope!! When he was in Athos and just the right person sat next to him on a bench. Or even when he not only made it in but out of Westboro Baptist Church without a scratch.
I loved being reminded of some of my Catholic roots. Let me explain. Jared had many examples of different monks, priests, and other followers of Jesus in his book. Even if it has been in the past few hundred years. It reminded me of the saints. While I was never big on praying to saints and disagree with it now; to me they remind me that God still uses people. Yes Jesus died a long time ago, overcoming death. But God still uses people for His purposes,  even after Jesus died to save us all. So when people challenge me (and they have) about this 2,000 year old book being irrelevant I just smile and use examples of some of these men and women. God still uses people even today.
Ok, so what made me mad then? When I fist got the book I was surprised to see Jared dressed in all sorts of religious “costumes.” I thought it was a little disrespectful. Then I stared reading the book. At first it seemed he was just trying to be funny and cracking jokes. Maybe to him that is what they were and just his style of writing. But sometimes they went a little to far. For example when you are pointing out a man who was suppose to be praying on the West Wall in Israel only to discover he was talking on his cell phone, of course the first thing you do is snap a picture and publish it in your book. But as the book continued it really was just Jared’s sense of humor, it even grew on you a little bit.
By the last chapter though, Jared got serious and it really did seem that he grew a little bit this year. Even after writing this I still feel like I haven’t scratched the surface of this book. I mean I had 46 of those little post-it flags sticking out of this book! By the end Jared felt he hadn’t scratched the surface of prayer either. A Year Of Living Prayerfully is a good book to read no matter where you are in your walk. It is an excellent reminder of how important it is to pray. Not to ask for stuff but to communicate with God. To be in His presence. To hear FROM Him.
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc
  • ISBN-10: 1414392133
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414392134


I received this book from Tyndale Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

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