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Adventures in Prayer Adventures in Prayer
Using the Creative Power of the Universe to Change Your Life

Sharon Connors
ISBN 9780340826690 (034082669X)
Hodder Mobius, 2004
£10.99

Category: Prayer and Poetry

Many UK Christians would probably be inclined to dismiss this book as just another off-beat exploration of New Age Spirituality. That would be a mistake. Rather, this is a book that's worth buying for its introduction alone, there's so much spiritual wisdom distilled in those few pages — but whatever you do, don't stop there! Every page after that is similarly packed and could almost be described as glowing with vibrancy and light, a sense of God's amazing love, the assurance that God — who is "the Creative Power of the Universe" — is for us, not against us, that God wants to hear from us and longs to reach out to us.

Prayer, the author - an ordained Unity minister - tells us, is about relationship: intimacy with this God who loves us. As our adventure of prayer takes us deeper into God's love, God's creative power is released into our lives: how, then, could our lives not be changed? And it is an adventure — it's not about sitting back passively, waiting for life to happen around us: prayer calls us to action — pray, trust and do!

Throughout the book you'll find simple basic principles of prayer outlined, lots of practical advice and true-life examples, brief snapshots of real people, real prayers, real life-changing situations — but no promises of an easy ride, of instant gratification or immediate health and wealth. Because prayer doesn't work like that: it works from within, renewing our hearts and minds, enabling us to transcend the difficulties that life throws at us and giving us the courage and confidence to step out. But as we do so, we should expect surprises: this is a relationship with God we're talking about, the God whose infinite and creative resources empower the universe.

This book is aimed at people of all faiths or none, people for whom spirituality is more important than specific doctrines or dogmas. Jesus is quoted alongside Mohammed and various other spiritual authorities as if he were yet another guru rather than the Son of God. "Spirit" is referred to as if Spirit is some form of abstract force rather than the Holy Spirit, God's Spirit. If you're a Christian and you feel uncomfortable with that, bear in mind that God is quite capable of rescuing any straying sheep, if stray they be: our relationship with God isn't dependent upon us believing the right things but upon God believing in us. It's grace from beginning to end.

As with any book, then, you won't agree with everything set out here; but you will find an author who is aware of her own weaknesses and has found, in prayer, in God's love, pathways to live through them. Read it slowly. Savour it. Let God's love touch you through it. Take time to pray the prayers, to reflect on the ideas offered; expect to be challenged and expect to be changed. It will probably be the best £10.99 you've ever spent.

Phil Groom, November 2004

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