Be Live Pray

Be Live Pray
Becca Dean, Scripture Union, 2010

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Overview

What does it say on the tin?

Get in touch with your prayer life. What’s your prayer life like? In this book you’ll find prayer is not just about shutting yourself into your bedroom and having a ‘Quiet Time’ (capital Q, capital T). You can go outside to pray, use pieces of art, say ancient prayers from Christian traditions, paint and draw, use the Bible, learn from Jesus’ example and more. Get in touch with new ways to open up your prayer life and get in touch with God.

What do you get and how?

This is a book written for teenagers which can be used individually or as a group. It is available direct from Scripture Union or from Christian bookstores. The book is 159 pages long and is divided into 8 areas to help the young person explore different ways to make prayer more a part of the individual’s everyday lifestyle. These areas focus on:

  • The Bible.
  • Jesus’ example.
  • God’s character.
  • The world around us.
  • Other people.
  • Our Christian heritage.
  • The Holy Spirit.
  • Our individuality.

Each chapter contains some teaching input, ‘Pauses’ to reflect on some questions based on the teaching, ‘try it out’ giving ideas to pray practically and ‘DIY’ to help individuals personalise the prayer ideas to their own personality.

Who is it for?

The book is aimed at teenagers who want to develop a more meaningful prayer life.

Cost?

£5.99

Review

  • What is the overall quality of material presentation?

    The book is well written and is very engaging. Each chapter is presented clearly, with straightforward teaching and excellent, practical suggestions to put into practice immediately what has been taught.

    How clear are its aims and outcomes?

    The book is clear about wanting to help young people develop prayer routines that people look forward to and include as part of their everyday living, and help young people to realise that prayer doesn't have to be boring.

    How accessible are the leader's notes?

    There are no leader's notes specifically but it is very easy to take the chapters' outlines and make into a helpful course of 8 sessions on prayer.

    Who could lead it?

    It needs to be led by youth leaders who know their young people well so they can best help them connect with the material and to help individuals think through which ways of praying may best suit their style and personality.

    How helpful are the participants' resources?

    There is no participants' resource although the book could be given to all participants at the end of the series, as a helpful reminder of what has been covered.

    How good is any digital material?

    There is no digital material with this book.

    How much prep will I have to do?

    It will take some preparation to work out which parts of the chapters you will use and how you present it. Time will also be needed to prepare some of the prayer activities and to make them something that people can do in the same room. There are also activities, which could be set as ‘homework' for people to try out between sessions. This would need to be explained clearly.

    Is there website support? Links?

    There is no website support. They do recommend people visiting the Northumbria Community website for ideas on praying with our Christian heritage.

    Is it dated?

    No.

  • How well does it encourage interaction with the group?

    The resource is not specifically written for use as a group so the leader would need to adapt it to fit a group but that could be done quite simply.

    How well does it cater for a variety of both learning and delivery styles?

    There are lots of different ways to engage in prayer suggested, with the idea that the participant tries them all and finds which styles suit them most. This is useful as it breaks the myth of there only being one way to connect with God.

    How adaptable is it to my situation?

    This is a well-written resource and is easy to adapt to a particular situation. It makes no presumption about the participant's maturity of faith or experience of prayer, and offers plenty of ideas for connecting with God in a way that is relevant to the individual.

    How well does it encourage people to work together in applying the material?

    The material is focused around the individual's prayer life and the development thereof, but there are also suggestions for connecting with others and to encourage and inspire others to pray. There is a specific chapter on praying in a community and setting up a prayer group.

  • How much of the material is Bible-based?

    The material is biblically grounded and the first chapter (session if you prefer) focuses on using the Bible to help us pray and is then followed by a chapter which explores Jesus' example of prayer. The remaining chapters make good use of Bible references and examples to ground the participant in biblical models of prayer.

    How well is the biblical material presented and used?

    It is well presented, in a straightforward manner and is easy to engage with.

    How well does it apply biblical material to everyday life?

    This is a very practical resource and helps the participant to take the biblical lessons on prayer and look to apply them to their daily life.

    Is there a particular theological perspective?

    This book sets out to help young people develop an active prayer life, based on the Bible, with a clear purpose to grow closer to God. There are chapters focused on Jesus' example, God's character and the Holy Spirit.

  • How well does it inspire people towards whole-life discipleship?

    This book is very helpful at showing young people that prayer should be a fun discipline, to be practised regularly.

    How well does it encourage and enable people to grow in their faith?

    Anyone who works through this book will grow in their faith as they encounter God more through different ways of praying.

    How well does it stretch faith and vision of God and his purposes?

    The material helps to show that God is much bigger than perhaps they once thought as they experience God through different prayer styles, including prayer walking, meditation, fasting and liturgical prayer.

    How well does it connect with real life issues?

    The writer understands how young people can be distracted and provides good advice to help the participant make the most of their prayer times and to deal with possible distractions.

  • How well does it encourage personal evangelism?

    The material doesn't focus on personal evangelism specifically although it does talk about praying for others and for the world around us.

    How well does it encourage local or network-based community involvement?

    Participants are encouraged to be part of a worshipping community and to explore being a part of a prayer group to help grow in their prayer life.

    How well does it connect with global issues?

    The book has a chapter on praying for the world and using the media to help us to pray.

    How well does it encourage global mission?

    It does not touch on this subject specifically.

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