Book Review : Before Amen

I am a Max Lucado fan.  Always have been!

I love to read his books because he speaks on a level that, no matter what, I can relate to.  I enjoy his direct approach to teaching the reader what he wants to teach them.  Most of all, I feel like if I were to meet Max on the street somewhere, he would be amazingly down-to-earth and real.

before amen

What do I love about Before Amen?  That it is down to earth, real, straightforward and for everyone.  You do not have to be a believer to get the things he is sharing, in fact this is a great book for a young Christian.  This would help a young (age) or a new believer to really understand the point of praying and the simplicity of it.  However, this book can help the more mature believer come back to the basics and be reminded that those wordy, lengthy, “holy” prayers are not really what the Lord delights in.  He delights in real.  Not fake.

I could have picked up this book and finished in a day, it is that easy to read.  But, if you want to really get what Max is trying to say, you need to read this book slowly and really chew on the truths he is teaching.  This is a book that will have a home on my bookcase, one that my middle school boys will be reading and one I expect to pick up and read again!  I loved it!


More about Before Amen:

Pre-order a copy of Before Amen by 9/29 and receive a FREE ebook copy of Max’s best-selling Second Chances: More Stories of Grace.

We all pray . . . some.

We pray to stay sober, centered, or solvent. When the lump is deemed malignant. When the money runs out before the month does. When the marriage is falling apart. We pray.

But wouldn’t we like to pray more? Better? Stronger? With more fire, faith, and fervency?

Yet we have kids to feed, bills to pay, deadlines to meet. The calendar pounces on our good intentions like a tiger on a rabbit. And what about our checkered history with prayer? Uncertain words. Unmet expectations. Unanswered requests.

We aren’t the first to struggle with prayer. The first followers of Jesus needed prayer guidance too. In fact, prayer is the only tutorial they ever requested.

And Jesus gave them a prayer. Not a lecture on prayer. Not the doctrine of prayer. He gave them a quotable, repeatable, portable prayer. Couldn’t we use the same?

In Before Amen best-selling author Max Lucado joins readers on a journey to the very heart of biblical prayer, offering hope for doubts and confidence even for prayer wimps. Distilling prayers in the Bible down to one pocket-sized prayer, Max reminds readers that prayer is not a privilege for the pious nor the art of a chosen few. Prayer is simply a heartfelt conversation between God and his child. Let the conversation begin.


NOTE: I was offered a copy of Before Amen in exchange for an honest review.

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