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How to pray: A simple guide for normal people – Pete Grieg

Hodder and Stoughton, 222 pages, £13.99 ISBN 978-1529374926

Reading books about prayer can be a dangerous activity; they can load the reader with a nightmare of guilt or generate unrealistic dreams of becoming the next great intercessor. Pete Greig (of 24/7 Prayer), has managed to steer a clear passage through the subject.

This is an honest, simple book based around the Lord’s Prayer, that would make a fruitful daily companion for a week or so – the book is linked to a small group study course and additional online material. 

Pete Greig gathers together wise biblical insights, personal narrative, a wide range of quotations and practical strategies for engaging in prayer. I guess that the one thing that makes this book so useful is that the author does not come over as an unapproachable hero; in fact, his self-deprecating humour helps to create an atmosphere that enables. 

There are heroes in the book; each main chapter concludes with a “prayer warrior” who informs our practice and provides needed motivation.

Pete Greig reminds us that when it comes to prayer it is a case of: “Keep it real, keep it simple, keep it up”. This book would be a good place to start if you wanted to refocus your prayer life.

John Woods is pastor of Lancing Tabernacle in West Sussex

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