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A presentation of latest Christian books to hit the stores

Title: Moving Mountains: Praying with Passion, Confidence, and Authority

Genre: Biblical-based meditation/guide book

Author: John Eldredge

ISBN-10: 0718037510
ISBN-13: 978-0718037512

Publishing Date: February 16, 2016

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Availability in London: Creation Bookstore and the Mustard Seed.


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Goodreads Average Reader Review Rating (26 reviews) : 4.35 out of 5 stars

Reader Reviews:

Audrey Carroll gave the book 5 out of 5 stars and called it “The Journey of Prayer”

After reading this book through twice, I found it clear and practical in teaching about the various facets of prayer. Prayer is more than asking for what we want from God, but it's comprised of a variety of ways to approach God and seek Him to move in our lives and in the circumstances and lives of those we love. Prayer reflects our "growing up" in Christ, and maturing in our understanding that there is a way that things work with God. We need to embrace this journey of dialogue with God. He has so much to teach and give us as we cultivate a life of prayer.

John Eldredge explores prayer as: the cry of the heart, an intervention for others, a place to consecrate our lives to Him, a place where we learn to listen to God, a weapon of warfare against darkness, a tool God uses to heal, a place to relinquish our will and commit to trusting God and His ways.

With the Bible being our primary prayer guide, this book is a valuable asset to teach, inspire, and encourage us to grow in our walk with Jesus Christ and our life of prayer. The DVD series and study guide is ideal for a small group study on Prayer. It offers clear demonstrations of what the various prayer models sound like and provides clear teaching from scripture to support each model.

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Scott Wozniak gave the book 5 out of 5 stars and called it “amazing!”

Beautiful book on a crucial, but misunderstood topic. Prayer is something most people think they understand, but it's more nuanced than most believe--myself included. Parts of this book inspired me with eloquent reminders of what's true about God and us and prayer. And parts of this book challenged me to not be so narrow in my engagement with prayer. There were aspects of praying that I had let fade from my life--or never seriously engaged in before--that I'm now diving into thanks to this book. So, so glad this was recommended to me.

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Nathan Hanson gave the book 5 out of 5 stars saying, “This book is the most important book about prayer that I have ever read”.

It introduces you to everything you need to know to start your journey towards powerful prayer and conversational intimacy with God. Drawn from John's years of experience of rescuing hearts and souls, it is full of personal stories backed up by Scripture references.

I personally like how radical it is, and yet how balanced. He describes amazing power and incredible intimacy with God. And yet he does not deny the hard truth that sometimes this is not his experience. But then, even though he admits the tension between these realities, his conclusion is not a cop-out shrug of the shoulders. He draws us deeper into the tension so that we will be changed, matured, and brought into oneness with God.

A must read.

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Rachelle Sperling gave the book 5 out of 5 stars saying, “It challenged me”.

I began this book after spending several months delving into the types of prayer seen in the book of Acts and specifically dialoguing with God about praying both under authority (asking) and with the authority of Christ (proclaiming or enforcing). In that context I found this book to be helpful for my own journey. Moving Mountains was thoughtful and balanced. I would say that you need to read the entire book to get the full picture as picking out just part of his writing could easily lead to erroneous conclusions. The final chapter was a much needed piece of the puzzle. I personally would have ordered things differently. There were things that he said that I needed to hold with openness and curiosity until they were more fully explained a couple of chapters later. So I'd recommend being prepared to engage with unfolding explanations as a part of your reading.

Eldredge begins by using the language "prayer that works" and that terminology grated on me. He then begins to intersperse the language of "prayer that is effective" which was terminology that I could hold with less tension. He is, however, making a point that there are ways that things work in the Kingdom of God, not as a formula, but as principles. So, in a Proverbs sort of way, Eldredge is giving some foundations to prayer. But overall, he is drawing the reader into relationship with the King and the context of His Kingdom. I especially appreciated his look into how the Kingdom is "now" compared and contrasted with how it is "not yet" and his warning against demanding of God something that is still premature in the scope of His Kingdom plans.

In the end, it challenged me and gave me areas in which I want to continue dialogue with God and grow in prayer.

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Greg Struve gave the book 5 out of 5 stars saying it was “Moving”.

The book presents healing prayer in great depth with great accessibility. I have used the Daily Prayer and many of Johns other prayers for myself and for clients for years without completely understanding the philosophy and theology that undergirded them; now as I understand and grown through this book I'm finding more depth and richness in my walk with God and in the help I'm able to bring to others in my personal ministry.

I love this book. I wish I could share it with everyone I know, in and outside of my church

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Jeanie Hoover gave the book 4 out of 5 stars

Really great book on prayer and includes a few things I will not forget to use on my own prayer life.

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Buddy Draper gave the book 5 out of 5

This book about prayer is practical and encouraging. It has Eldredge’s sensibility about the reality of the spiritual world and the practicality of understanding “this is how things work”.

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Mike Blaylock gave the book 4 out of 5

A strong book on prayer and how it's a lot simpler, but a lot more intense than most Christians can be bothered with. It certainly enlightened and challenged me.

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Dave Scott gave the book 5 out of 5

Prayer is the most important part of life with God yet we pray so little or ineffectively. This book offers tangible practical and challenging nuts and bolts to prayer. Not just theory, practical applicable strategies to get you praying effectively.