A Review of
The Prayer Wheel:
A Daily Guide To Renewing Your Faith With A Rediscovered Spiritual Practice
Patton Dodd, Jana Riess and David Van Biema
Reviewed by Aarik Danielsen
Abbreviated from the review in
our Lent 2018 magazine issue.
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A fulfilling prayer life can seem like a white whale to many Christians: faraway, elusive, hard to line up in your sights. If the ideal and reality of prayer fail to match up frequently, disciples tend to turn their faces toward one of three sources of resolution. There’s innovation— inventing a new acrostic or mnemonic, treating an obscure Biblical prayer as the key that will unlock all heavenly doors. There’s tradition—planting yourself in ancient gardens such as lectio divina, or forging personal habits, custom-made to bring prayer to life. Saddest of all is attrition, when spiritual fruit dies on the vine because a Christian never grows comfortable in prayer or assumes God is too cruel or too cool to answer.