What if Jesus was Serious about Prayer by Skye Jethani

I can’t remember how I discovered this book. I’m not sure if I had heard about it on one of the podcasts I listen to (which has been my tendency lately) or if it popped up on Amazon when I was looking at other books to order and its cover and title intrigued me. Either way, the book was on prayer, and prayer has been one of two areas that I always want to grow in (the other is writing).

I didn’t start the book right away; it sat on my desk for a few months, along with a couple of other prayer books in my “to read” stack. When packing for our summer trip, I picked it up and tossed it in with a few other books for our time in the camper.

I didn’t have any expectations, but when I finally opened Jethani’s book, I realized it was different than, well, than what I expected. The book is divided into six parts and each part has approximately eight segments. The segments are short devotionals with a couple accompanying scriptures for further reflection. They’re easy to read in the morning when getting ready for the day, but have deep, insightful truths.

The segments total fifty-three conclusions Jethani makes about if Jesus was serious about prayer. He includes a comical, yet deep truth, “doodle” with each segment. He also provides plenty of places for the reader to jot notes, thoughts, reflections, or even their own doodles on each of the prayer conclusions and the scriptures.

Don’t let the simplicity and the doodles fool you though. Jethani challenges the reader to take another, harder look at what Jesus thought about prayer and therefore what we should think, do, and be about prayer.


About Jill English Johnston

God writes His story on every heart, if we only pause to read it. My heart has lived in a fantasy world since early childhood and am delighted that God has finally brought me to the place where I can bring the fantasies to life through story. I am currently working on a fantasy trilogy (of course) but I also post thoughts, reflections and (hopefully) inspiration to my website: tabletsofhumanhearts.wordpress.com I am a follower of the Rabbi Jesus, married to my best friend and inspiration, and the mother of three incredible children, one daughter and two sons, a son-in-love, a daughter-in-love and two adorable granddaughters. When not writing, I passionately pursue prayer, reading (never enough time to read them all!), and the outdoors. My husband and I both served in the US Navy and have lived/travelled through many states and all over Asia. We both still enjoy travelling, but we really love our home in New Braunfels, located at the Texas Hill Country.
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