Today’s book review is The Only Answer is Prayer by William McDowell, Jason McMullen, and Caleb Grant. All three authors work together at Deeper Fellowship Church in Orlando, Florida. William McDowell is the lead pastor, Jason McMullen is the executive pastor, and Caleb Grant is the associate pastor. In other words, they’re all affiliated with the church in some high-level fashion.
For me personally, I think of prayer as kind of a mysterious topic, so I was interested in starting this book.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
There are, of course, some basic nuts-and-bolts facts about prayer that most Christians know. Things like maybe you might have been told what the Lord’s Prayer is, or you might have been told that you can pray anywhere and God will hear you, or you might know things in your brain about prayer and yet… prayer can be a mystery, right? How does it work? Why do some prayers get answered and others… it seems like not a peep? Again, for me, the actual practice of prayer is kind of elusive and how it works is kind of a mystery…
Which is why I really liked this book. At one point, the authors had me skipping around a lot of different passages in the Bible, because they were going into different ideas about prayer, different examples of prayer in the Bible… in other words, they were giving illustrations and really backing up what they were saying.
Another HUGE surprise about this book: slight spoiler alert: I don’t think I’ve ever seen or heard in a Christian context the word “manifestation”… but these folks do it. Usually, when I hear people talk about manifesting something, it sounds like something along the lines of the book The Secret, and the whole idea that if you can dream it, you can do it… but this book uses the term differently, using manifesting to talk about how things can come to pass when people partner with God through prayer.
Overall, this book was a very good book on prayer, and I would highly recommend it.