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Pray like a Pro: A Guide to Strategic and Effective Prayer by Carlene Kelly is a prayer tool that opens up the mind to prayer by offering strategies to build a closer relationship to God through a deeper understanding of prayer. The book is written so that everyone has something to gain, whether if you're looking to learn about faith or you're a longtime believer looking to refresh your spiritual relationship. Kelly delivers a thorough resource that takes an analytical approach toward prayer by using the Lord's Prayer as a basis while offering encouragement to help people blossom in their relationship with God by first helping them understand how to communicate with God.
Pray like a Pro has a thoroughly organized style that Carlene Kelly uses to provide a vivid and vast teaching resource which examines how a prayer is a form of communication. To deliver such a thorough prayer tool, Kelly uses verses from the Bible for lesson after lesson that will open up your mind in a new direction of how you perceive prayer. Review sheets are also provided after every section which offers an in-depth study of the chapter. This helps you understand what the verses have to say about prayer while also providing blank places where you can make notes of your own. The structure allows you to take your time reading through and to go at your own pace in your own time. Kelly begins by delving into an explanation of prayer rooted in the scripture of Jesus teaching the disciples how to pray using the Lord's Prayer. This prayer is used as the root of Pray like a Pro with other prayers and their initial uses provided.
The goal of the book is to educate readers about prayer which Kelly succeeds in doing through a scholarly approach that analyzes prayer but also through the use of faith and a deeper spiritual connection. Kelly has a style that's easy to understand and one that is open to anyone looking to learn more or deepen their relationship with God with extensive resources in every chapter. Pray like a Pro is an ideal resource that is analytical and strategic but is truly effective with its biblical resources to garner a deeper study on the meaning of prayer and how prayer is used to strengthen your relationship with God.