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Bestselling author Jeff Lucas teaches on prayer with his hallmark wit and candour
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From the self confessed ‘Mr Bean of the Christian faith’ - and one half of the most entertaining double-act on the Christian live stage circuit, Jeff Lucas lets you in how to get over 10 common barriers to prayer; not simply with words, but through finding the heart and mind you need to discover the reality of a life of prayer.
With Jeff Lucas’ typical wit and word play, the title ‘Standing on My Knees’ lets you know you’re in for something wise but not weighty, deep but not desparate and even funny but not frivolous. Just as honest in print as he is on stage with fellow writer and raconteur, Adrian Plass, Jeff illustrates his message – that you can grow a one-to-one relationship with God - using his own experience of the trials, torments and even trivialities of trying to live by faith.
Updated and upgraded from his 2003 title ‘How Not to Pray’, this reissue isn’t meant as a book of ready to use utterances written by someone else, nor is it a recipe book for standard, copybook prayers. Rather it’s the beginning of a journey into a lifelong, fulfilling life of prayer.
‘Standing On My Knees’ Is:
• A revised and reissued edition of Jeff’s 2003 book ‘How Not To Pray’.
• An encouragement who feel inadequate in prayer or find praying difficult.
• A guide to growing a lifelong, fulfilling life of prayer in relationship with God.
Jeff doesn’t set out to humiliate those of us who find it hard to pray, or to give simplistic words that give us a false sense of having prayed. Instead, he highlights how God is already listening and already in relationship with us, and then helps us get our prayer habits into place so we can be more aware of his presence.
Standing on My Knees by Jeff Lucas was published by Lion Hudson in February 2013 and is our 12686th best seller. The ISBN for Standing on My Knees is 9780857212931.
Be aware that this book is a re-publication of How not to pray first published ten years ago. There is a new introduction but the rest of the book is the same with some minor editorial changes. I did read the original book ten years ago but I am glad to have read it again now.
What readers said about Jeff's 2003 book ‘How Not to Pray?’ (reissued as 'Standing On My Knees')
"What a good book! It’s funny, easy to read and makes the whole topic of prayer accessible. Well done Jeff! If you are finding prayer a struggle, then relax, and pick up this book. You will find the guilt resulting from impossible self-imposed prayer ideals slip away and be replaced by a realisation that it’s alright – it takes time to develop a relationship with someone you can’t see!"
"He debunks myths that turn prayer into purgatory and stop us from enjoying time with God – our main purpose in life. This is a liberating, down-to-earth and insightful book. Give it a read – take it on holiday with you – it’s that kind of book."
"Jeff Lucas speaks in such a down-to-earth style, that it is so easy to relate to and apply it to my life. It is a completely honest and unpretentious look at prayer and as the book highlights it doesn’t leave us feeling intimidated or diminished but ready to rely on God and realise our relationship with Him does take work but is completely do-able no matter how rubbish we think we are at prayer!"
"Having read the book it helped to refocus on what prayer is about. It's about talking to God and having a relationship with our heavenly father and sometimes we do get set in our way and our prayers can become like 'stale milk."
"How not to Pray' has all the wit and wisdom of Jeff Lucas - a stunning book that sees life as it really is - and helps us talk to God a little more."
Describing himself as “passionately committed to fun before death,’ author, broadcaster and church leader, Jeff Lucas, has renewed and revived the spirits of UK Christians through an alliance with fellow wit and wise man, Adrian Plass. Teaching pastor at Timberline Church, Colorado, Jeff is best known in the UK for his broadcasts on Premier and UCB radio and CWR Bible daily reading notes. His 'Life Journeys' books and DVDs continually prove popular with experienced and new Christians as the basis for their personal devotions and as the core teaching resources for small study groups.
Previously involved with Spring Harvest, former Vice President of the Evangelical Alliance and an ambassador for Compassion UK, Jeff Lucas has authored more than 20 bestselling books with sales of more than 1 million copies. Travelling between the US and UK, Jeff is the stand-up, or rather sit down, partner with fellow Christian author and humorist, Adrian Plass. Their ‘Seriously Funny’ tour, now in its second edition – predictably called ‘Seriously Funny 2’, plays to sell out houses up and down the UK. And the tour’s accompanying book, consistently titled ‘Seriously Funny 2’ too, is on its way to best seller status.
With his books in the ‘Helen Sloane’ series, Jeff Lucas adds novelist to his writing credits. Now in three volumes: ‘Helen Sloane’s Diary’, ‘Up Close and Personal: What Helen did Next’ and ‘Heaven Help Helen Sloane’, the books recount the adventures and misadventures of a single girl struggling with church life and the search for love of the romantic kind.
More typical of Jeff’s writing output, ‘I Was Just Wandering’ gives you straightforward talk about healing and suffering. While ‘There Are No Strong People’ is a provocative, breathtakingly honest look at the Bible’s infamous rascal, Samson, exploring some vital principles for living life well. Whatever your preference, in books by Jeff Lucas you’ll find easy to read writing in a sensitive style that’s honest, informative and encouraging. Often using humour but never humiliating, Jeff always leaves you feeling better for having read one of his books, than if you’d tried to struggle on alone. – Les Ellison
Open, honest and personal is the hall mark of Jeff Lucas writing. Or to steal the subtitle from his second Helen Sloane novel: ‘Up Close and Personal’. He is an old-fashioned story teller. He knows how to construct a tale that keeps you with him to the end – keen to find out what happens, but not wanting the telling to end. In the ‘Helen Sloane’ series he does stretch it a bit; writing from the point of view of a twenty-something single woman, rather than the fifty-something married man he actually is. That he can even attempt such a feat is a compliment to his versatility and capacity to engage a wide range of readers.
To see him perform live is to really appreciate the storyteller that is Jeff Lucas. He speaks like he writes; in well constructed, polished anecdotes and personal experiences delivered with the stage presence of a TV host, but without the superficial, self aggrandising ‘look at me’ glitz that often accompanies such a presentation. There’s no doubt he has star quality; but more in the gentle old fashioned way of the sit-down comedians and TV hosts of a gentile era, than the brash, ‘in-yer-face’ style of current stand-ups.
Most of Jeff’s live and written delivery moves between personal stories and the life enhancing or life changing points he wants to make – all of them back-referenced to the Bible as his start and destination point. But what he says isn’t theologically complex; it’s all rooted in the story aspects of scripture that describe and guide our relationship with God. Everything Jeff teaches is ultimately practical – there’s real, life on this earth application for everything he says or writes.
‘Standing on My Knees’ continues and renews the Jeff Lucas style of masterful, meaningful life application of what the Bible says, translated through his own life experiences – the good, the bad, often humorous and occasionally tragic. In this book, Jeff applies his humour and wisdom to ten common things that come between you and God in the form of barriers to prayer. Typically, he doesn’t give you the shortest route – a simple form of words to fill the gap. Instead he takes the longer path of the classic story teller; he gives you what you need to start your own habit of praying. This path might seem longer, but prayer, he says, is a lifelong relationship, not a series of quick visits; a way of life that's truly up close and personal with God. – Les Ellison
In ‘Standing on My Knees’, Jeff Lucas lets you in how to overcome 10 common barriers to prayer - not by simply giving you the words, but helping you find the heart and mind you need to discover the reality of a life of prayer. Wise but not weighty, deep but not desparate, often funny but never frivolous, Jeff encourages a one-to-one relationship with God through his own trials, torments and even trivialities of trying to live by faith. Updated from his 2003 original, this reissue isn’t a copybook of prayers, it’s the beginning of a journey into a lifelong, fulfilling life of prayer.
|Author / Artist||Jeff Lucas|
|Publisher||Lion Hudson (February 2013)|
|Edition||1st New edition|
|Number of Pages||176|
|Page last updated||21st October 2015|