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CarsonOne would think that if something was important to God and he required his people to do it then he would provide adequate instruction as to how to accomplish it.  Right?  Why then is it that prayer is often so over complicated and administered while also being the most neglected Christian practice?

There are myriads of possible answers to this question and instead of trying to answer them, D.A. Carson has chosen to write a most helpful and instructive book dealing with how to pray.

A Call to Spiritual Reformation is a book that walks through each of the Apostle Paul’s prayers in the New Testament.  Carson provides the careful, clear and thorough biblical treatment that we have come to accept and appreciate from him, while at the same time he provides intensely practical (and convicting!) habits from his own prayer life to serve as an example.

One of the great lessons that this book teaches is the priority of praying biblically.  Carson shows throughout the need to calibrate our hearts and our requests with the types of petitions outlined in Scripture.  This is to include petitions, thanksgiving, laments, etc.

In so far as this book is biblical it is reforming, therefore it is among the ‘must reads’ for Christians.  Don’t let the weightiness of Dr Carson’s other books intimidate you, this book is easily understood and tremendously practical.

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4 thoughts on “Book Review- A Call to Spiritual Reformation”

  1. B. Minich says:

    This is the best book on prayer I’ve ever read. I highly recommend it.

  2. Seth McBee says:


    A good addition to this book will be Driscoll’s sermon series on “Pray Like Jesus” over at Mars Hill Church.

    I listened to the first message yesterday and it was well done. A few things I didn’t agree with or made me scratch my head, but that is normal when I listen to Driscoll: he’ll make you laugh and he’ll make you scratch your head…

    Overall it is good though.

  3. Thank you so much for the review. I seem to remember seeing a reference for this in a commentary and it looked like it was out of print. I was very disappointed because it’s exactly what I want to look into further. I think Amazon got it back in stock and maybe it was at the other book stores all along.

  4. money is so tight, i have been buying most of my books used online.
    this one may be worth the extra cash to buy new though!
    thanks for the review

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Erik Raymond is senior pastor of Emmaus Bible Church in Omaha, Ne. He and his wife Christie have six children. You can follow him on Twitter.

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