I wholeheartedly recommend A Year of Living Prayerfully. It is an insightfully funny, yet serious book that tackles a quest many of us are on. Since the days of Adam and Eve we are strangers in this land seeking to fully know and commune with our God and Savior. We are all pilgrims traveling from afar with a heavenly destination. If you cannot take a physical prayer pilgrimage, follow along with Jared and create your own inner pilgrimage. I know that I found a deeper prayer life at the end, and I am sure you will too.
I received a copy of this book by the publisher for the purpose of this review.
A YEAR OF LIVING PRAYERFULLY(affiliate link) by Jared Brock: When I agreed to review this book, I thought it would be an easy read. I was so mistaken. Although, Jared Brock intersperses humor and wit throughout the book, I found myself putting this book down far too often for periods of reflection and contemplation.
Jared Brock is in his late twenties and is married. He has lived far more life than most people founding Hope for the Sold which is a charity that fights human trafficking. He has lived a minimalist lifestyle with his only possessions being what he could carry in his backpack. For this book, A Year of Living Prayerfully, he transversed the globe meeting with Rabbis, walking in the footsteps of Jesus, spending time with monks in Greece, meeting the Pope, walking on coals, traveling to North and South Korea, meeting with Westboro Baptists, walking the path of spirit giants, and much more. Through it all, he encounters Godly men and women who all are looking for the same thing – a life fully devoted to God.
As Jared took the reader on a year long prayer journey, I followed along with him. But as I am slightly older than Jared, (I am 50) as I journeyed along I found myself being transported back to my own prayer journey spanning the last 40 years.
As I reflected on my prayer life, there were many “forgotten” moments that surfaced. Some of these moments I was happy to relive, but some were painful and sadly highlighted my disobedience to God. In those moments I found myself reluctant to continue on with Jared, but wanting to know what Jared found, I forged ahead. When I finished the book, my first thought was, “I need to reread this book and journal.” There are moments that need to be remembered for myself and for my descendents. It is in these moments that we can teach the biggest lesson to be learned, “We all need Jesus to save us from ourselves.” (Jared Brock)