What might happen if you gave just ONE PERCENT of your day to God?
I don’t have time to pray. I don’t know how to pray. I don’t know what to pray for. Perhaps you identify with one or all of these statements; most people do. But with Gary Jansen’s The 15-Minute Prayer Solution, anyone can learn to turn those “I don’t” statements into “I do” declarations— and be transformed in the process.
Drawing on spiritual practices from the Christian tradition throughout the centuries, Jansen offers numerous and wide-ranging prayer exercises that can be completed in less than fifteen minutes. The Jesus Prayer, lectio divina, the Examen, imaginative prayer, and many more ways to joyfully encounter the Living God are explained. Deeply personal stories, thought provoking modern-day parables, and even humorous anecdotes bring spiritual ideas down to earth, revealing the practical side of prayer.
And, as Jansen himself discovered, if you’re willing to take just fifteen minutes a day to pray, you may soon find that the entirety of your life has become a prayer, a relentless desire to place God at the center of everything.
Review of The Fifteen Minute Prayer Solution
Gary Jansen inspired by the writings and spirituality of St. Ignatius started a spiritual experiment to experience God more fully and intimately in his life. Starting with just fifteen minutes a day (1% of a 24 hour period), through formal heartfelt prayer, Gary Jansen found his relationship with God coming alive and changing. God was no longer elusive to him, but alive and waiting for him to (as he says) catch up. Gary began to seek God everywhere and in everything craving a deeper relationship with the Father. Prayer, meditation and scripture became a way of life needing it as much as the air he breathed. Fifteen minutes a day became a process that took him through his entire day, where God remained with him in all he did. Life became a constant prayer and this in turn gave him peace that energized him to share what he gained with others Thus we are privileged to be given his experience for us to follow in “The 15-Minute Prayer Solution”. Filled with his experience and examples we find a blueprint to follow for the peace and serenity that can be ours if we are willing to give up 1% of our day to God through simple prayer, meditation and scripture. Through these simple guidelines we too can see God in everything and everyone and become what we focus on.
I really liked Gary Jansen’s “The 15-Minute Prayer Solution”. Told with humor and sincerity, Gary allows the reader to discover through his own personal experience how this process changed his life and relationship with God. He takes the reader through his process one step at a time and explains the benefit of each step. He is so passionate about his experience and want to give that life changing experience to everyone. He divides his book into four parts where prayer, mediation and scripture play vital roles in his process. Part Four is particularly compelling as he gives us a 7 day plan of spiritual exercising with the Parables. Easy to read and even easier to follow, Gary Jansen makes a good case for changing our lives and changing our hearts.
If your curiosity is peaked, or your spiritual life feels like it is running on empty give “The 15-Minute Prayer Solution” a try. Peace, happiness and a deeper relationship with the Almighty seems like a huge gain for giving up just fifteen minutes a day. I urge you to give it a try. I’m glad I did. What do you have to lose?
I want to thank Loyola Press via NetGalley for giving me an advanced copy of “The 15-Minute Prayer Solution” by Gary Jansen for a fair and honest review.
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