Today I’ll be reviewing Confessions of a Prayer Slacker (Second Edition) by Diane Moody. I purchased this book when it was free for a limited time and because I have always struggled with having a prayer life. I wasn’t disappointed.
Confessions of a Prayer Slacker is a quick and enjoyable read though it is not equally light in substance. The writing style reminds me of that of a fun lifestyle blog, not that of a theological tome. The books starts out with a personal narrative about the writer’s mid-life crisis. After a change in her husband’s career, along with several other major life changes, the author realized that she basically was not feeling close to God and had little to no prayer life, so she set out to pray every day. The author humorously lays out all of the excuses we make for not praying, stating that in the end all of our excuses are related to laziness. Don’t worry, though, she doesn’t lay on “prayer guilt” as she calls it. Though I am seriously needing to have a more engaging prayer life and am convicted of this fact, I finished the book feeling encouraged and inspired, not guilty.
One of my favorite parts of the book were the practical tips for how to start out a new prayer life, to include finding a time, place, and the materials you’ll need. She also talks about how she prays each day, but in detail. The thought of setting a timer and sitting in a chair to pray is somewhat intimidating, but the author sets out how she incorporates principles of the Lord’s prayer into her prayer journal, a great idea! Some of the humor in the book goes a little overboard on the sarcastic side, in my opinion, but it didn’t distract me that much while reading the book. The author is real without making excuses, the tone is inviting, and the pace is perfect for an informative and fun lifestyle book about prayer.
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