Reading Adam Weber’s Talking With God is like spending an evening with a new friend who shares his thoughts, insights, and stories freely, leaving you feeling uplifted and inspired. If prayer is something that you struggle to understand or feel awkward doing (and let’s be real, so many of us do) or find yourself doing by rote, then this book will give you some great food for thought and maybe even some inspiration to spur your prayer life.
Regardless of what a day holds, we can come to know and understand the heart of God on levels we’ve never known before. In the midst of the craziest of days, we can fall more in love with him. Simply by talking to him. (p.66)
This is the type of book that does that thing that I think has become a cliched saying – it “meets you where you are.” Just in the prologue, I found myself identifying with aspects of Adam’s personal journey. In the body of the book, he addresses various aspects of prayer in sections titled “The God We Talk With,” “The Way We Pray,” and the largest section, ” How to Pray When…” His personal stories are genuine, candid, and one hopes that none will embarrass his children as they become teens (if they do, I’m sure they’ll get over it as they mature). They will touch your heart, tickle your funny bone, and give you food for thought. Among them is possibly my favorite interpretation and use of the Prodigal Son parable – ever.
There’s nothing wrong with reading or studying or Googling, but the best way to know God is to spend time with him. He’s the source. (p.179)
As you begin to read, you’ll quickly notice the rather prodigious use of footnotes. Organized by chapter name and page number, and including verses, other references, and additional information. Some are even extra little related stories, suggesting that had footnotes not been used the text would have meandered off into many tangents. Thankfully, having them gathered in the end section titled “Field Notes” allows the body of the book to stay on point.
I suggest the reader approach this book with a bit of a strategy for the footnotes. Perhaps reading through once, ignoring the notations, then reading a second time with one finger holding your place, another in the Field Notes to enable flipping back and forth.
This book is truly a conversation with the reader and a conversation starter for groups. Highly recommended and it is going back in my to-read pile for a Field Note flipping re-read.
Talking With God by Adam Weber | Waterbrook, March 2017 | hardback & ebook, 224 pages
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I was not required to write a review and the book was purchased with my own funds. As a member of the Waterbrook & Multnomah Book Launch Team I received an early pdf of the first chapter only for potential retail site review.