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Liberty University

Quiet Talks on Prayer
S. D. Gordon

A book review submitted to Dr. Ryan Lister
In Partial Fulfillment of the requirements For
The course Evan 670

Liberty Baptist Theological seminary

By
Curt W Jones

Lynchburg, Virginia
November 10, 2013

Table of Contents

Introduction 3
Summary 3
Evaluation and Critique 7
Personal Application 8
Conclusion 10
Bibliography Sources 11

Introduction
Samuel Dickey Gordon was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on August 12, 1859. With only a public school education and no scholarly background, he worked at the YMCA for 2 years then moved to their Ohio state office as secretary for 9 years. He became an influential speaker and prolific author who was in very high demand, writing more than twenty-five devotional books most in the “Quiet Talks” series. His first book in the series sold half a million copies in over a 40 year period. His work is called quiet talks, because of his style he always considered himself a lecturer not a preacher though never dull was able to capture an audience. In June of 1936 he passed on to visit our Lord God in Heaven.[1]

Summary In Gordon’s book Quiet Talks on Prayer he gives an immense amount of information on the subject of prayer. The book is like a guide to help people enter a better prayer life and create an understanding crucial to accommodate effective and powerful prayer methods as well as the ability to cultivate a strong prayer life. It is a great help for people who are serious about training for the battle of spiritual warfare and against spiritual conflict. The book is broken down into four main sections; the meaning and mission of prayer, hindrances to prayer, how to pray, and Jesus’…...

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