Book Giveaway: A Praying Life

A big part of Cor Deo training includes reading and interacting with good books.  One of the books that has encouraged me recently is A Praying Life by Paul Miller.  We want to encourage you to read good books with us, so at the end of December we will be giving away three copies.  I’ll explain the giveaway at the end of the post.

A Praying Life

The subtitle for the book is Connecting with God in a Distracting World. The book is thought-provoking rather than “been there, read that.”  It is personal rather than aloof.  It is honest rather than avoiding the difficult questions. It is practical rather than purely conceptual.  Most importantly, it is prayer-prompting rather than merely theoretical.

While many books get caught up in the mechanics of prayer, somehow hoping to free up the apparent log-jam in our technique so that we can “make prayer work,” this book gets the reader’s attention onto the God to whom we pray.

It makes much of learning to pray like a child, as one in a totally dependent relationship with “Abba.”  It unravels the cynicism that saps the relational experience of prayer in adult believers.  It offers practical nudges to prompt genuine prayer within our hearts.

This book motivated me to put it down and pray.  Unfortunately somebody then borrowed the book, is enjoying it, and seems unwilling to return it.  So perhaps you will get one of the three copies we are giving away and we can be reading it together!

We are giving away three copies at the end of December. In order to be entered in the draw, all we ask is:

1. Comment on the blog.  (Each comment added to the site during December increases your opportunity to win a copy of the book.)

2. Share the URL link to this post on facebook, twitter, as a web link or in an email to a few friends who might be interested.  Here is the URL –

If you are randomly selected to receive a book, we’ll get in touch for your address!  (November winners will be confirmed in the next few days.)

9 Responses to Book Giveaway: A Praying Life

  1. Pete December 1, 2010 at 12:16 pm #

    Sounds good: a helpful-sounding book, and a clever way of encouraging people to comment – I like it a lot!
    Will try and get hold of a copy in any case, but it sounds like an extra copy wouldn’t go amiss if your experience with yours going awol is anything to go by…

  2. dave December 2, 2010 at 10:30 pm #

    It’s a very helpful book – on a very important subject. A great example of what it looks like when the gospel is applied to life.

  3. Judy Dudley December 5, 2010 at 8:29 pm #

    Oh! I’d LOVE to get this book. I’ve been wanting to read it because several people have recommended it to me. Thanks for the giveaway!


    I’ll share on Twitter!

  4. Rob Trenckmann December 10, 2010 at 10:11 pm #

    This sounds especially interesting because it sounds like a different take than the standard ‘how to pray’ book. I’d love to read a ‘relational’ prayer book!

  5. Luke Johnson December 20, 2010 at 3:24 pm #

    Thanks for the information on the book. I’m always looking for good books to read and this sounds like one I would enjoy and benefit from. Thanks.

  6. Stan Cooper December 22, 2010 at 12:14 pm #

    Dear Peter and all at cor deo, blessings in the name of the Lord Jesus. Thankyou for the book experiencing the Trinity which I have read and digested. It was very enlightening even though the first few chapters were like wading through a sticky bog!!! These chapters were necessary to draw the whole book together, and gave full meaning to the whole book. I feel much more in the circle of the Trinity and God’s love after reading the book and it has helped in my prayer life also. I would recommend the book to any mature Christian, but it may be too heavy for new Christians.
    Love in Him Stan

  7. Jon December 22, 2010 at 5:32 pm #

    Enjoyed some good books on prayer… maybe sometimes I can read too much about it and not do enough of it. I like this description of it… “It is personal rather than aloof. It is honest rather than avoiding the difficult questions. It is practical rather than purely conceptual. Most importantly, it is prayer-prompting rather than merely theoretical.”

  8. stan cooper December 23, 2010 at 2:40 pm #

    We are starting our year off with a week of prayer, and looking to expand our prayer meetings over the next year. The book A Praying Life sounds great and could also be helpful to use in our discipleship courses!!

  9. Derek December 23, 2010 at 6:12 pm #

    Knowing it’s been vetted by you means it needs to get to my bookshelf.