Book Review – Pray About Everything by Paul Tautges
One of the experiences which is common to many Christians is that we have certain periods of sustained spiritual growth which are different and distinct from our normal experience. If you were to ask me to think about the times in life in which I experienced the most significant periods of sustained spiritual growth, I would look back to times in which I was involved with small groups of believers meeting together to study the Word, fellowship, and pray. This is not unique to me and neither is it unique to our modern historical context. The church in Acts 2 was said to be devoted to the study of the Word (the apostles’ teaching), fellowship & breaking of bread, and to prayer (Acts 2.42). Of these “marks” of the church, none is as much neglected today as is prayer – – both private and corporate. That is why I was excited to read Paul Tautges’ new release of Pray About Everything (A reprint of his 2010 book Teach Them to Pray). In this book, Tautges not only provides ample biblical support for the command to pray, but does so using key passages as the outline for each chapter and the book as a whole. This makes it somewhat unique among the books on prayer. Pray About Everything is a faithful exposition of key scriptures written in a highly accessible and yet theologically proficient manner.
Pray About Everything is written in two parts. In Part 1, Tautges takes the time to define foundational concepts such as what it means to pray as a corporate body (using Acts 1.12-14 as an outline) and how it is that we are to pray (via 1 Thessalonians 5.16-18). Tautges defines prayer here as “an expression of God-dependency” – a definition which brilliantly unites all of the passages that the Bible uses to speak on prayer. This sets the stage for the remainder of the book (Part 2) which is filled with “brief meditations” which instruct the reader in the theology of prayer. Here Tautges covers such topics as what it means to pray in Jesus’ name (John 14.13-14), how to pray for unbelievers (John 16.8-11), and how the Holy Spirit prays us (Romans 8.26-27). In total, Part 2 covers seven passages of scripture which will aid the reader in understanding what scripture has to say about prayer. The book ends with seven appendices which I found to be the most enjoyable appendices I have ever read. Here Tautges gives us (as he calls it) “practical helps for cultivating God-dependency” and I couldn’t think of a more appropriate description.
I can’t recommend this book enough. The Body of Christ today is malnourished and suffering from a lack of prayer in it’s spiritual diet. Pray About Everything is a gift to the Church and I am hoping.. I am praying that it will be picked up and read by a significant majority of the Church and through it, we might bring glory and honor to our Lord as we grow in grace and sanctification.
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About the Author
Dr. Paul Tautges serves as senior pastor of Cornerstone Community Church in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. He is husband to Karen, father of ten, and a grandfather. He is the author of many books including Comfort the Grieving, Counseling One Another, and Brass Heavens, and serves as the series editor for the LifeLine Mini-books. Paul blogs regularly at CounselingOneAnother.com.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Shepherd Press in exchange for an online review. I was not required to write a positive 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: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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