Book Review by
Jada Swanson, a friend and fellow pastor’s wife in Washington State, introduced me to the book “Prayers from the Pews” by Teri Lynne Underwood. After reading it, I have figured out what is wrong with church – it’s me, and not only me, but all of us who call ourselves Christians and neglect the God-given gift of prayer.
If I didn’t know better, I’d think Teri Lynne Underwood has been hiding in my closet, peeping out from under my bed, watching and listening to the thoughts of my heart. This book is amazing in speaking the things that have been on my heart a long time about church, how we do church and why we do church.
The book challenges you to get honest with yourself and with God about what is wrong with our churches today. This book points out the fact that too many of us are talking more than praying, sitting in pews more than kneeling, worshipping ourselves more than worshipping God.
I believe every person who calls himself a Christian needs to read this book and then put into action the call of revival and prayer. Every church needs to use this book for a Bible study class. If I could afford to buy this book in bulk to hand out to everyone I know – I would.
My copy will soon be dog-eared, highlighted, written-in and worn-out from using it. It has discussion questions and a reading plan for the Book of Acts. My favorite chapter was Chapter 3 – “The Weakest Link.” She had to be peering into my heart and soul because she has me nailed in that chapter. At times I am indeed the weakest link in my church.
My family and I are planning to use it as a family Bible study and Bible reading. I challenge you to do the same, but be warned, fellow readers – get this book, but you will need steel-toed boots, as well as full body armor.
Valerie Inman is wife of Billy Inman, pastor of Diaz Baptist Church, Newport.