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Make Your Voice Heard in Heaven by Barry C. Black



What feels like a lifetime ago, Joel and I had the pleasure of meeting Barry C. Black at a conference in Montreat. If you're a part of a small congregation in the PC(USA) I would highly recommend checking out Wee Kirk (http://www.montreat.org/wee-kirk/), it was a huge blessing to our family during our time in small church ministry. Anyway, back to Barry C. Black, he's the Chaplain of the United States Senate. This little jewel of a book on prayer was born out of his recent speech for the 2017 National Prayer Breakfast.

Make Your Voice Heard is a practical application of Biblical truth. Each chapter is grounded in scripture and the easy application of those verses. The book starts with a new look at the Lord's Prayer/Our Father. Black does an excellent job of marrying the traditional prayer with the ACTS prayer. He explains easy ways to take this prayer that most of us know and how to expand it to create a genuine and intense time of prayer with God.

The rest of the book goes through several different areas of prayer including how to pray when God is silent, times of temptation, and celebration. Each section is short enough to be read in one sitting and has a point by point recap at the end of the chapter. It would be an excellent book to guide your personal prayer times as well as to be read with a group.

It's quite astonishing to think about how much Black was able to squeeze into 145 pages. I look forward to re-reading this guide on prayer and putting them into practice this year.

A copy of this book was given to me by Tyndale Publishing house for the purpose of review. I'm never required to give a positive review but I'm always thankful when I can.

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