“A Year of Living Prayerfully” by Jared Brock

A Year of Living Prayerfully: How a Curious Traveler Met the Pope, Walked on Coals, Danced with Rabbis, and Revived His Prayer LifeA Year of Living Prayerfully: How a Curious Traveler Met the Pope, Walked on Coals, Danced with Rabbis, and Revived His Prayer Life by Jared Brock

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Most times, I review books out of publisher agreements. In the case of this book, I received a copy per the personal invitation of Jared. Jared even put together a book trailer to give potential readers a feel for his style of writing. The premise of the book is quite enticing, and piqued my personal interest as well. I spent most of the reading time in two chunks, with an overnight reading session to see what Jared had to say about prayer.


Jared tells of his experience travelling the world in an effort to improve his personal prayer life. In this journey, he met with Jewish, Orthodox, and Pentecostal leaders. Jared is definitely skilled at writing, and has quite the resume (including HuffPo and Esquire) to back it up. His experiences are honest, even to a brutal degree. During his travels, and his interactions with different groups, he learns useful and applicable prayer practices to integrate in his own prayer life, and at the same time, provides these for readers to learn more about.

While accomplishing this, however, Jared reveals his inadequate knowledge of culture, history, and theology of any group that differs from his own personal beliefs. I nearly put the book down while what he had to say about the Jewish people. My wife gently reminding me that it was most likely sarcasm and a plea to humor, but with recent worldwide events, religious and cultural groups have grown very sensitive to how they are portrayed.

Apart from the minor indiscretions of sarcasm, Jared shares his travels with amazing detail, and even imparted useful prayer techniques for me to implement in my own prayer life. This book is definitely one to take a look at.

Disclosure: I was contracted to write an honest review in exchange for a reviewer copy of the product. The opinions stated in this review are solely my own.

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