Before Amen by Max Lucado stays at the top of my reading list - My WAHM Plan

Before Amen by Max Lucado stays at the top of my reading list

I was so excited when I was approached by Family Christian Blogger group to write a post and receive a free copy of their 2015 Book of the Year pick: Before Amen by Max Lucado. All opinions expressed are my own.

Before Amen by Max Lucado book

Before Amen stays on top of my reading list! 

The idea of a simple prayer, one that would be good enough, powerful enough, dare I say it- Christian enough was intriguing to me.  I am a Christian woman, living smack dab in the middle of the Bible belt, so I have heard my fair share of impassioned prayers. 

In church, in bible study group, in the pick- up line at my kid’s school… and my simple prayers always felt small and somehow less than when compared to others wordy and usually, lengthy prayers. To put it bluntly- I would never be asked to join the Prayer Warriors group! 

After reading and in some parts, re-reading the amazing Before Amen, I now know something that gives me great confidence and helps me stand tall when I feel the need to pray. My simple prayers of “Dear Lord, please help me in this moment”, are perfectly okay to the only one that matters; Christ.  

Before Amen book by Max Lucado

“We all pray ... some. We pray to stay sober, centered, or solvent. When the lump is deemed malignant. When the money runs out before the month does. When the marriage is falling apart. We pray.

In Before Amen, bestselling author Max Lucado joins readers on a journey to the very heart of biblical prayer, offering hope for doubts and confidence even for prayer wimps. Distilling prayers in the Bible down to one pocket-sized prayer, Max reminds readers that prayer is not a privilege for the pious nor the art of a chosen few. Prayer is simply a heartfelt conversation between God and his child. Let the conversation begin.” 

My Thoughts:

Max Lucado welcomed me into this book, like a dear friend would welcome me into their home. He hit the perfect mix of being an authority on the subject of prayer and the Bible without being overbearing. There wasn’t one single moment in this book where I felt I was being talked down to, or preached to.

I actually learned biblical lessons from reading Before Amen that I somehow hadn’t retained from church sermons or bible study. For instance, did you know the first followers of Jesus needed prayer guidance? In fact, the only tutorial they ever requested was on prayer!

There really is something in the delivery of information folks and Max Lucado teaches in a way that I get.

I have leaned heavily on the pocket prayer since first reading because it is such a simple, yet powerful prayer.

The Pocket Prayer:

You are good.
I need help. Heal me and forgive me.
They need help.
Thank you.
In Jesus’ name, amen.

Now that I know more about Intercessory prayer, I can expand on my prayers without feeling I’m not “Christian” enough. 

As Max says; “Intercessory prayer isn’t rocket science. It acknowledges our inability and God’s ability.”

If you are just entering your walk with Christ, or if you are like me and you feel like your prayers don’t quite measure up, I highly recommend you read Before Amen because the author is a self- professed prayer wimp that gets us!

The best part about reading Before Amen is that the words and teachings are staying with me. I’m praying more in the moment, not just for myself or my family, but for the world at large. 

I’ve shared many passages with my family as well and they have been moved as well. In fact, my youngest daughter who’s 12 asked if she could please read this book next. That’s how impactful this book is.

Family Christian has named Before Amen their 2015 book of the year, so I invite you to visit their website where you can read more thoughts on Before Amen and if you are so moved, purchase a copy for yourself or a loved one. You’ll be able to discover more books and guides from Max Lucado as well.

Please share in comments: How many books do you have started right now?


  1. This sounds like such a lovely read! I have several of Max Lucado's books and have thoroughly enjoyed each one. Will have to add this to my TBR, thanks for sharing so much insight, very helpful!

  2. I've been swamped and haven't had time to find a new book lately. My husband got back last night and promised that I could have some "me" time to relax. I'd love to relax and check out this book.

  3. Hi Barb,

    You are welcome. I'm happy to share this wonderfully written book. The pocket prayer helps me daily in so many ways.

  4. Hi Daisy,

    I'm glad your husband is home safe and sound and you can take a little time for yourself. Hopefully reading this book will make your "me" time more rewarding as well.

  5. I am not a book reader but this sounds good. My husband wants to read this too.

  6. Anything by Max Lucado is worth the time to read. That man is amazing at how he can write so that they newest believer can understand it, and the seasoned one can learn more!! Love it!

  7. oh I like that prayer! The book looks really good. I think prayers should go on all day long. Max Lucado is one of our favorites.

  8. Sounds like a good read. I will be adding this to my To Read book list. Thanks for sharing. :)

  9. I have always loved Max Lucado. This books looks like another winner. I am going to have to add this my reading list.

  10. Terrific review! I have read this book also and it just opened my eyes! I struggle staying focused during prayer and this book was so helpful!!

  11. I love Max Lucado and have read many of his books. Thank you for sharing about this one with so much detail. I can't wait to check it out for myself now!

  12. I have some gift certificates to Family Christian and this is one book I know I am getting!! :) Thank you for sharing your love for the book, :)

  13. Max has such an incredible ability of keeping his books simple yet full of depth. This book has helped transform my prayer life!

  14. Max has such an incredible ability of keeping his books simple yet full of depth. This book has helped transform my prayer life!

  15. I'm glad you like the book so much. Sounds like a keeper for you.

  16. Hi Tara,
    I think you and your husband will enjoy this book !

  17. Hi Jamie,

    Well said- Max Lucado has a gift for sharing the Lord's blessings and teachings in easy to digest form. No matter where you are on your walk in your faith.

  18. Hi Alison,

    Is the pocket prayer the best? It will release you from the feeling you should pray for a long time!

  19. Hi LOC,

    You are very welcome. Always happy to share a good book worthy of being added to someone's TBR list.

  20. Hi Melissa,

    Mr. Lucado doesn't disappoint with Before Amen. Please stop back by and share your thoughts if/when you read it.

  21. Hi Heidi,

    Thank you so much for your supportive feedback, I truly appreciate it.

    I agree, the pocket prayer and this book on the whole has transformed my way of thinking on prayer. Good stuff!

  22. Hi Stacy,

    Awesome! I'm so glad you found my review helpful. Enjoy the read.

  23. Hi Olivia,
    Oh, this book would be a perfect way for your to use your Family Christian gift certificates. Enjoy !

  24. Hi Kathryn,

    Very well said. Before Amen has helped me so much, I don't know if I'll ever take it off of my night stand.

  25. Hi Katherine,

    Thanks for stopping by. Before Amen is a true life changer if you struggle with prayer as I did.

  26. This book is on my list and now I really feel like I need to grab it. I struggle in my prayer life and could use some help!


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