Sometimes I hate writing reviews, and, honestly, this is one of those times. When I first was offered this particular title I was very excited, mainly because prayer is something I have often struggled with in terms of being committed to and feeling like I “do” well. And when I received the book and started reading it I was so ecstatic I shared with several friends, “I’m reading this great book on prayer!”
Unfortunately, that excitement didn’t stay with me. To put it quite bluntly, I found the book became depressing and downright boring. In the first chapter I really connected with the author and his struggles with prayer – and he raised many of the questions I have found myself asking over the years. But then as the book progressed I felt like he never really came to a clear answer, but I just kept reading over and over about his struggles without seeing any victory. To be fair and transparent, I never finished the book, but by the time I was half-way through it (literally) I found that reading it was sapping my joy and I was more discouraged than I was encouraged, so I had to stop. Maybe the author finally did reach some resolution (though in my skimming of the last half of the book it didn’t appear he did), but if he did he arrived there way to late to keep my attention (and I typically have a high level of tolerance and patience for wading through books). In short, reading it because a chore rather than a joy.
So, for that reason (and that reason alone), I’ve got to give the book 1 star and I just do not recommend it. For the record, I did receive a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest (though not necessarily favorable) review.