by Lynn Anderson
A practical and inspiring book leading readers on a step-by-step discovery of a richer, more honest prayer life using the book of Psalms.
You know what your prayers ought to be and what you want them to be. You desire intimate, honest, and authentic communication with your Father in heaven that expresses the joys, sorrows, victories, and even defeats that make up everyday life. But the realities of stress wage war against our spiritual aspirations and prayer becomes a mere duty laced with empty phrases that really don't communicate our hearts.
In Talking Back to God Lynn Anderson leads you through the Psalms to prayer that will very likely draw you to your knees and lift your heart to heights you never expected. Put aside old stereotypes about prayer and follow Anderson into a renewed and refreshed communication that includes honest words of pain, passion, doubt, faith, and trust in a Father who knows us better than we know ourselves. Become like the psalmist David as you learn to express your heart in ways you never thought possible.
Lynn Anderson is the founder of Hope Network Ministries, which is dedicated to coaching, mentoring, and equipping church leaders. His fifty years in ministry include nineteen years as Senior Minister of Highland Church of Christ, Abilene, Texas. He has authored several well-known books, including The Jesus Touch, The Shepherd's Song, and They Smell Like Sheep , Volumes 1 and 2. Lynn and his wife Carolyn live in San Antonio, Texas.
"For over three decades, Lynn Anderson has nourished my soul and directed my path. When he speaks, I listen. When God speaks, Lynn listens. In this book, he teaches us to do the same, taking us to the wellspring of worship: the Psalms."
- Max Lucado, author and preaching minister, Oak Hills Church, San Antonio, Texas
"The book in your hand will tell you something you like and something you don't like. It will tell you that there are no short cuts and five-minute magical routines that will automatically usher you into spiritual formation land. But it will also tell you this: there is only one way to grow in our relationship with God and that is to pray, and the one sure method of learning to pray is to pray with the Psalms. In the middle of your Bible is a collection of prayers; God gave them to you to learn how to pray."
- Scot McKnight, Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies, North Park University, Chicago
"Jesus and the earliest Christians dearly loved the Psalms; yet, strangely, the contemporary church has generally neglected them. It is high time the Psalter—the first prayer book and hymn book of the church - is restored to its central place in our private prayers and in the church's worship. Lynn Anderson's eloquent Talking Back to God can greatly help with this mission. Anderson and an impressive assortment of witnesses, which he has gathered, testify in touching and personal ways to the transforming power of the Psalms in the life of individual believers and in the churchÍs worship. The book is rich for many reasons - not least because its honest, soul-stirring insights flow from a sincere, Psalm-saturated consciousness. Themes from Anderson's own life story movingly illustrate the enduring themes of the Psalms. Talking Back to God is at once an eloquent defense of the Psalms, an inspirational narrative of a great man of God, a practical guide to personal prayer, and a soaring celebration of God's faithfulness in times of crisis and trial."
- Darryl Tippens, former Provost, Pepperdine University and author of Pilgrim Heart: The Way of Jesus in Everyday Life
Dimensions (inches): 8.25 x 5.5
Weight (pounds): 0.55