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Prayer - Does it Make Any Difference?

Lenten Study - 2013

On Thursday evenings in Lent at 7:00 pm we are holding a Lenten study basin on Philip Yancy's book, Prayer - Does it Make Any Difference? The course involves a video segmet with the author, as wll as small group discussion. It is not necessary to buy the book, although it is always worthwhild to do so.

Phillip Yancey is an immensely thoughtful writer on the Christian life. Some years ago we did a study on his excellent book, "What is so Amazing about Grace?" See Philip Yancey's webpage.

Note: Fr. Christopher is continuing his monthly lecture on Thursday evenings. These will take place on February 14 and March 14. Our Philip Yancey study will take place on the remaining Thursday evenings in Lent.


Best Religion Book Award Winner, Publishers Weekly, US, 2006

“I have never read a book on prayer that touched me so deeply.  I believe that a hundred years from now people will be reading this book.”  —Brennan Manning, author of The Ragamuffin Gospel and Abba’s Child


Book Description from Amazon

In his most powerful book since What's So Amazing About Grace? and The Jesus I Never Knew, Philip Yancey explores the intimate place where God and humans meet in Prayer. Polls reveal that 90 percent of people pray. Yet prayer, which should be the most nourishing and uplifting time of the believer's day, can also be frustrating, confusing, and fraught with mystery. Writing as a fellow pilgrim, Yancey probes such questions as: *Is God listening? *Why should God care about me? *If God knows everything, what's the point of prayer? *Why do answers to prayer seem so inconsistent? *Why does God sometimes seem close and sometimes seem far away? *How can I make prayer more satisfying? Yancey tackles the tough questions and in the process comes up with a fresh new approach to this timeless topic. 'I have learned to pray as a privilege, not a duty,' he says, and he invites you to join him on this all-important journey.