- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson (October 7, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0849948487
- ISBN-13: 978-0849948480
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.8 x 8.7 inches
Before Amen: The Power of a Simple Prayer begins “Hello, my name is Max. I’m a recovering prayer wimp.” He further describes himself as a “card-carrying member of the Prayer Wimps Anonymous.” According to Max, we all want to improve our prayer lives. He anticipates this and then the Why question. For the reader who thinks themself weak or less than, Max points out that the original handpicked disciples of Jesus needed guidance on prayer–hence, the Lord’s Prayer. Regarding the Why question of prayer, Max points to the promises given by Jesus (Matthew 7:7; 21:22; John 15:7) and the example of Jesus in prayer (Mark 1:35). He then leans in on the main thrust of the book: the character of God and how we should approach this God and what we should ask of him.
I was looking for a good book to read on prayer. While I knew I didn’t want anything too heavy, I also knew that I wanted something very insightful and practical. Max’s Before Amen came out in the Fall of 2014. I had known about it for sometime but wasn’t ready to read it. Then the time came to read something on prayer. For someone who has read more than twenty Max Lucado titles, Before Amen was on a short list. Before Amen is simple, lively, instructive, practical, and vintage Max Lucado. For the reader who is looking for a good book on prayer–not too technical or dry–I highly commend Before Amen. It certainly makes for a great gift!