Veach's book is perhaps the most realistic, compassionate yet encouraging book on prayer I have ever read. Talking with God should be easy, right? Anybody can do it. If we want to be effective in prayer and transformed by it, however, we need to learn to do so. That takes practice and experience.
I like that Veach clarifies that prayer as such is not to be our goal. A vital relationship with God is the goal and prayer gets us on that path. Veach helps us understand what prayer does in, through and for us. Instead of praying to get out of difficulties, for example, Veach encourages us to pray to grow through those times.
I like the straightforward way Veach writes, adding a bit of humor from time to time. I like his pithy sayings. “Don't ask God to guide your steps if you're not ready to get off the couch.” (36) His writing style, often one sentence paragraphs, yields lots of white space on the page.
This is a thinking person's book. I don't mean it is academic. I do mean one must stop and think deeply about what Veach teaches. I was introduced to a new concept, for example, called spiritual bypassing. That teaching gave me much to think about.
This is a good book for Christians, new and old, who want to experience prayer as “raw and real, authentic and honest, unscripted and unrestrained.” (171)
You can read an excerpt here.
(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)