Spent some time with a new study from Max Lucado this week. Before Amen: The Power of a Simple Prayer is Lucado’s newest study. Dubbed “America’s Pastor” by Reader’s Digest and named one of the most influential leaders in social media by The New York Times, Lucado is the Preaching Minister at San Antonio’s Oak Hills Church, and no stranger to most. In almost 25 years of writing, more than 100 million products—80 million books—filled with his words have been sold.
Designed for anyone desiring an improved prayer life, Lucado reveals his struggles with prayer and his discovery that having a conversation with God is for everyone, not just for the pious few. Through the use of a simple, easy-to-remember, pocket-sized prayer that he distilled from the prayers in the Bible, he shows us how everyone can build a prayer life that is stronger, better and deeper. “Father, you are good. I need help. They need help. Thank you. In Jesus’ name, amen.”
DVD-driven, Before Amen is a four session study featuring the teaching of Max Lucado. At 16 to 20 minutes in length, the video component will hold your members’ attention with Lucado’s inimitable style.
The study guide is well written and easy to use. Developed by Kevin and Sherry Harney the study guide includes leader helps, discussion questions, conversation starters, and between-session activities to enhance your understanding and application of Max’s teaching. Many groups will want to read Lucado’s book by the same title along with the study.
Prayer and how to pray is such a basic and common interest of nearly everyone (Christians and non-Christians alike), Before Amen will appeal to many groups. I like it and I think you will too.
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