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Long Wandering Prayer: An Invitation to Walk with God [Paperback]

David Hansen
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Feb. 15 2001
Many of us experience guilt and frustration about our prayer lives. We want to pray. We want to experience God's presence. But we easily get bored or irritated with our wandering minds. Here's what David Hansen has to say about extended times of prayer.

"Long wandering prayer involves leaving our normal environment for the express purpose of spending several hours with God alone, but not secluded. It involves walking, or at least moving, so that we can stop at any time and consider a lily for an unpredictable length of time. It is mental wandering in the presence of God. Long wandering prayer uses the fact that our minds wander as an advantage to prayer rather than as a disadvantage. In long wandering prayer we frankly recognize that what we want to pray about may not be what God wants us to pray about and that our obsessive drive to control our minds in the presence of God--to pray about one thing or stick to one list--may be a form of hiding from God."

If you want to learn how to go deeper in your relationship with God, this book will be a trusted companion in your journey.


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Easily distracted Christians who pray in fits and starts should abandon the misconception that prayer is only done on their knees, writes Hansen (The Art of Pastoring and A Little Handbook on Having a Soul). As a pastor who has engaged in "wandering prayer" for over 30 years, Hansen argues that most Christians do not understand the essential relationship between their physical bodies and their ability to pray over long periods of time. For Hansen, movement, action and even distraction are all vital components of wandering prayer. He admits that his best praying is done while fishing: Intermittent thoughts rise to God while a fish is reeled in, and prayers for his congregation reach the heavens as another line hits the water. After hours of such walking, fishing, thinking and praying, Hansen claims to gain fresh perspective, new peace and a ready sermon for Sunday. He discusses key aspects of wandering prayer, such as bringing down the barriers to long prayers, acknowledging the positive relationship between physical activity and mental wandering, recognizing that long prayer brings new introspective insight and learning how the Bible applauds the courage of persistent petitions. Each chapter also includes a lengthy prayer narrative written by men and women who have discovered the life-changing secret of wandering prayer. Hansen convincingly instructs fellow Christians on the spiritual joys they will encounter by embarking on wandering prayer journeys. (Feb.)
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"A few hours with Dave Hansen in this book expands our sense of prayer exponentially. The time and space and will to pray that we always thought we lacked, suddenly are there, here." Eugene Peterson, author of The Message

"In the Middle Ages the church was blessed with wandering scholars and wandering saints who shaped the Christian faith by walking along hidden pathways and untrodden trails. Now comes a perambulating evangelical pastor, Dave Hansen, who teaches us to pray as we walk and listen as well as talk to the God who meets us in silence as well as sound at every turn of life's road. This is a handbook for the soul's wandering journey to God. 'Take it and read!'" Timothy George, Dean of Beeson Divinity School of Samford University


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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful and inspiring little book! Aug. 21 2003
Format:Paperback
This book was written by a spiritual giant who takes long, prayerful walks among us! I was so inspired and so refreshed in my own prayer life after reading this book. Truly an original among Christian works. Put the thoughts of this book into practice and you will find yourself amazed at how God works in your own heart and life!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Different Approach to Prayer Dec 3 2002
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Hansen has written several books that describe the truth about the Christian life. This work is no exception. This is one of the best books on prayer I have ever read. It does not follow the traditional formulas yet it describes exactly what my own prayer experience is like: I pray long prayers while wandering the streets of Brooklyn, NY. Prayer is a dandegrous and difficult thing to do. Often it seems unproductive as if God were not listening. Yet Hansen confirms what I and many others have experienced in prayer but were too afraid to admit! The weakest prayer we pray can actually be the greatest because that is when the Holy Spirit helps us. I recommend this book highly. It teaches an approach to prayer based on grace and not legalistic rules and formulas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Different Approach to Prayer Dec 2 2002
By Anthony J. Cavaliere - Published on Amazon.com
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Hansen has written several books that describe the truth about the Christian life. This work is no exception. This is one of the best books on prayer I have ever read. It does not follow the traditional formulas yet it describes exactly what my own prayer experience is like: I pray long prayers while wandering the streets of Brooklyn, NY. Prayer is a dandegrous and difficult thing to do. Often it seems unproductive as if God were not listening. Yet Hansen confirms what I and many others have experienced in prayer but were too afraid to admit! The weakest prayer we pray can actually be the greatest because that is when the Holy Spirit helps us. I recommend this book highly. It teaches an approach to prayer based on grace and not legalistic rules and formulas.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful and inspiring little book! Aug. 21 2003
By Christiana Washington - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book was written by a spiritual giant who takes long, prayerful walks among us! I was so inspired and so refreshed in my own prayer life after reading this book. Truly an original among Christian works. Put the thoughts of this book into practice and you will find yourself amazed at how God works in your own heart and life!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book July 23 2011
By Kenneth L. Pierpont - Published on Amazon.com
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I love this book. I first read it walking on North Manitou Island in Lake Michigan. It is one of the most helpful books I have ever read on prayer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Long Wandering Prayer: An Invitation to Walk with God July 20 2010
By G. T. Love - Published on Amazon.com
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Truly, the best book on prayer I have ever read. Get it and read it again and again; let this meditation on prayer show you how to turn a simple walk into a life of prayer. Whether you walk city streets or mountain paths, God is there wanting prayful conversation with you. Thank you, Mr. Hansen. Your writings have been more than just helpful words encountered along the way on my long and wandering walk with our Lord and King.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book! Jan. 2 2014
By David Martin - Published on Amazon.com
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This book really challenged me to spend more time in prayer; the kind of walking and talking with God that is not done in a rush, or necessarily with a list, but conversational prayer.
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