Prayer A to Z–The Making of the Book

  It’s quite a large book.  It will be available in print very soon for maybe about $4o (I don’t know the exact price yet).  I will post it at that time on my book page with my other books.  Here is the book’s Preface: 


The inception of this book began with some very difficult personal trials—trials that I believe God used and orchestrated to draw my interest to prayer.  I remember thinking that I wanted to learn as much about prayer as I possibly could.  I also had a growing desire to lead others in prayer. As it turned out, I began helping out in the prayer ministry of my church.  Doing things like designing a prayer chain, writing weekly prayer letters to encourage people to pray, and leading weekly prayer groups kept me busy.  Looking back on it, it was just what I needed to get my mind off of my grief.

Knowing, I suppose, that I would need guidance in my new position as prayer coordinator, an elder encouraged me to read Mighty Prevailing Prayer, by Wesley Duewel.  That was the best advice I got.  I devoured it.  I determined to read every book on prayer I could get my hands on.  After reading Wesley Duewel’s book, I read books by E. M. Bounds, Andrew Murray, Hudson Taylor, Charles Spurgeon, John R. Rice—and a few more.

My thoughts on prayer increased daily.  I was learning so much about prayer and I wanted to share it with others.  I began by putting quotes by these authors in the church bulletin.  Soon I added my own ideas—and those few quotes grew into one page homilies, and then two pages, and then three.  I eventually decided that they were getting too long for an insert.  God was leading me to do something else, something bigger.  I could feel a pull on my heart to expand the writing.

After about a year or so, I came to believe that God wanted me to write this book.  It was fun seeing the chapters fall into place.  At first the chapters were very short, only two or three pages.  But, as time went on, the chapters grew longer, and I knew I had to rewrite those short chapters.  I wanted it to be something that a serious prayer student could sink his teeth into, something of more depth and substance.  I resolved to do whatever it took to make the book good—something God would approve of.

Well, the book has taken me about 17 years to write.   And God has encouraged me with the writing each step of the way.  I thank God for those who were willing to help me with the writing.  They have been a special blessing from the Lord.


About Stephen Nielsen

I'm an author, a self publisher, and a painting contractor. I live in beautiful Minnesota, USA . Welcome to my blog site.
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