Review: Praying the Psalms by Rick Stedman

About this Book

Praying the Psalms Will Draw You Closer to God
…and to the People in Your Life

Your emotions are powerful. They can enrich your life and strengthen your relationships—especially with God. The writers of the Psalms knew this and were honest with God about whatever they were experiencing—love, anger, worship, loneliness, fear—and many other emotions. As they did this, they found joy in spite of struggles and turned their laments into praise. Above all, they drew closer to God.

Praying the Psalms will help you to do the same by giving you words to reflect the deepest cries of your soul. You’ll discover that God delights in hearing your most honest prayers and uses them as the starting point for transformation. Learning to emotionally connect with God in greater intimacy will also lead to relational breakthroughs with others.

As you read and apply this book, you will

  • learn to pray the Psalms in an enjoyable and effective manner
  • discover how the wisdom of the Psalms relates to insights from pioneers in emotional intelligence, emotionally focused therapy, and emotionally healthy spirituality
  • form a more intimate attachment to God than you’ve ever experienced before

If you desire to grow closer to God and others, praying the Psalms is a great place to start. You might even grow to understand yourself better in the process.

About the Author

DR RICK STEDMAN is a collector of classic-rock vinyl LPs, bookaholic, author, philosopher, pastor, and devoted husband and father. He founded and for two decades led Adventure Christian Church in Roseville, California.
He has graduate degrees in theology, philosophy, and ministry, and for relaxation likes to tinker in his garage, read, listen to music, and hang out with his wife and best friend, Amy. (source:






My Review

I had high hopes for this book. Although I found certain aspects of it interesting it wasn’t what I expected. The author spent a lot of time talking about emotional intelligence and how looking and praying the Psalms feeds into emotional intelligence. I appreciated his emphasis on God as an emotional God. And how David and other authors of the Psalms expressed strong and varied emotions.

The author spent a lot of time sharing his own personal stories. Generally, personal stories add to a story and in many cases they did. However, I found them somewhat distracting from what I thought the point of the book was, praying the Psalms.

If you are looking for a book that puts the Psalms into prayers you might want to pass on this one. If you are looking for a book that dives into the emotions expressed in the Psalms and emotional intelligence, then this book is a great one to read.

Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher, via, but I was not required to leave a review.  The opinions expressed here are strictly my own.

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Review: Praying the Names of God: 200 Devotional Prayers Inspired by The Wonderful Names of Our Wonderful Lord

About this Book

God is the Creator of the heavens and the earth, the Alpha and the Omega, the all-loving, forgiving Father and the Great I Am. With such a big God, how can we understand His many facets? One way is through scripture, where God is described in more than 200 unique ways.Praying the Names of God takes these names and makes them personal through heartfelt prayers accompanied by the scriptures where these names of God are found. Inspired by the beloved classic, The Wonderful Names of Our Wonderful Lord, this brand-new book will lead you to a deeper faith in the one true Lord.

About the Author

LeAnne Blackmore is a veteran Bible teacher, conference speaker, and Bible study author. Her ministry experience runs the gamut from middle school through senior adults, but her heart is for all people to know God by knowing His Word. Currently she is learning to navigate her way through the empty-nest stage of life. If you want to challenge her at ping-pong or any number of board games, she’ll accept–just be prepared for the ruthless competition sure to ensue. LeAnne and her husband, Ron, enjoy traveling, but always love returning home to the beautiful mountains of east Tennessee. (Source: Amazon Author Page)

My Review

The Author utilizes the ACTS model of prayer: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication. I think this is a great model to help one get their prayer life going. I really liked the Adoration section of the book. Most of the readings did a great job of helping me focus on the characteristics of God making it easy to praise Him. The author utilizes scripture from all areas of the Bible in these prayers, which I also enjoyed.

The title indicates “Praying the names of Gods” I didn’t necessarily see that throughout, but that didn’t bother me. She did often utilize different names of God, but the bottom line is she utilized scripture very well and helped me focus on prayer.

She divides the book into sections by Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication. Normally when you use the ACTS model of prayer you go through each section during one prayer session. So the division was a little “weird” to me. BUT I think it would be easy to flip through the different sections to pull out pages to jump start my prayers.

I would definitely give this as a gift to new Christians who may be struggling on how to develop a practice of prayer or struggle with how to pray. I found the prayers flowed very easily. I would also consider gifting this book to seasoned prayer warriors as I think it would offer refreshing times of prayer.

Disclaimer: “I received a free copy from the publisher. No review, positive or otherwise, was required—all opinions are my own.


Before Amen – Max Lucado

About this Book

We all pray . . . some.

We pray to stay sober, centered, or solvent. When the lump is deemed malignant. When the money runs out before the month does. When the marriage is falling apart. We pray.

But wouldn’t we like to pray more? Better? Stronger? With more fire, faith, and fervency?

Yet we have kids to feed, bills to pay, deadlines to meet. The calendar pounces on our good intentions like a tiger on a rabbit. And what about our checkered history with prayer? Uncertain words. Unmet expectations. Unanswered requests.

We aren’t the first to struggle with prayer. The first followers of Jesus needed prayer guidance too. In fact, prayer is the only tutorial they ever requested.

And Jesus gave them a prayer. Not a lecture on prayer. Not the doctrine of prayer. He gave them a quotable, repeatable, portable prayer. Couldn’t we use the same?

In Before Amen best-selling author Max Lucado joins readers on a journey to the very heart of biblical prayer, offering hope for doubts and confidence even for prayer wimps. Distilling prayers in the Bible down to one pocket-sized prayer, Max reminds readers that prayer is not a privilege for the pious nor the art of a chosen few. Prayer is simply a heartfelt conversation between God and his child. Let the conversation begin.

My Review

There are so many books on prayer that people tend to spend more time reading about prayer than actually praying. However, Ive always appreciated the way Max Lucado presents God’s truths in engaging and easy to understand way. I was curious to see what Lucado had to say about prayer.

The author admits at the very beginning how difficult prayer is for him as it is for many Christians. He begins to encourage the reader with a simple prayer that throughout the book he builds on that prayer. Reminding us that God doesn’t want big and fancy words, he wants honesty and childlike faith.

I would recommend this book to a new Christian as well as anyone who’s been a Christian for years but find themselves not praying for whatever reason. This is a quick and easy read.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an unbiased and honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.