What would happen if you went to a therapist?

Posted: December 13, 2012 by thoughtsfrommyshelf in Book Recommendation, Thoughts

There are books that I read every year, or every other year to refresh my memory. Then there are books that I come back to time and time again. There are very few books I read and put on my constant re-read list. A Praying Life, by Paul Miller, would be one of them.

This book has not only made a case for why I should be praying, it has made a strong case for why I should pray differently than I have for most of my Christian life. Paul Miller has helped me see why prayer doesn’t have to feel the way it did for me and at times does feel.

Here is what Paul Miller writes.

“Let’s imagine that you see a prayer therapist to get your prayer life straightened out. The therapist says, ‘Let’s begin by looking at your relationship with you heavenly Father.’ ….

….You cautiously tell the therapist how difficult it is to be in your Father’s presence, even for a couple of minutes. Your mind wanders. You aren’t sure what to say. 

Your therapist tells you what you already expect. ‘Your relationship with you heavenly Father is dysfunctional. You talk as if you have an intimate relationship, but you don’t. Theoretically, it is close. Practically, it is distant. You need help.”

The help Paul Miller offers is like sitting in the office of someone who can tell you what is wrong and how to fix it. My reasons for not praying may be different from yours. It would be nice to have a therapist to help us with why we are not as prayerful as we wish. Paul Miller doesn’t leave us wishing there was a therapist, he helps us himself. I recommend this book to anyone who would describe their prayer life as dry, boring, hopeless, a waste of time, or that thing we do when we have tried everything else.

Paul Miller is an author who writes as if you were having a cup of coffee with him. With real, heart-resonating stories, he invites you to look at the topic of prayer in a new way. He recommends seeing our needs, distractions, confusion and chaos as a door and diving board into prayer. There is pastoral, and practical help in this book. Very few authors invite you into their lives and struggles when they write. Paul Miller shares not only what he has learned, but how he had to learn. If you would like to know more about A Praying Life you can see more on this book here.

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