Before Amen: The Power of a Simple Prayer (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2014)

I have a yearly ritual. Ever since I participated in a ministry training internship in Miami in…(well…I won’t reveal the year. I’m feeling young today and don’t want to ruin the mood) … let’s just say my college days with a young mentor named Max Lucado, I have had this ritual. I look forward to the release of a yearly title from Max. It’s like an annual meet-up with an old friend.

I don’t go to Max for my deep, hard thought Bible study. That’s not his purpose in writing. I go to Max for encouragement in my faith journey. It’s my opinion that he excels at that.

So yesterday when the package arrived I found some time to sit for a while with my friend. This year’s offering is Before Amen. And if, like me, you’ve ever struggled with prayer, this book will encourage you.

Max strips the stuffiness off of high brow prayers and brings prayer to a reachable place. A place where a child can talk talk to his Father. Here are a few lines from Lucado:

  • Prayer can be the internal voice that directs the external action.
  • Prayer is the hand of faith on the door handle of your heart.
  • Before you face the world, face your Father.

Prayer is the only thing the disciples asked Jesus to teach them. He gave them a simple prayer from which to learn. He’ll do the same for you. And, if you need a little help along the way, this book will be a good purchase for you.