A loose, honest guide to prayer.
In this slim volume, Webster discusses the importance of prayer and presents the reader with a four-part method she calls “ACTS”: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication. The book begins with an explanation of these practices, peppered with examples from the Bible and Webster’s life. Each chapter ends with nearly identical sets of group discussion questions that focus on the effectiveness of these practices, the reader’s current satisfaction level with the particular practice, the pitfalls the reader encounters while practicing ACTS and a short paragraph of directed evangelizing. Each chapter also ends with a “Notes” section that is a fill-in-the-blank quiz about what Webster has written in the chapter, complete with answer key in the back of the book. The prose itself is stilted and jumps disjointedly from one point to the next. The second half of the book consists of workbook pages for readers to record their progress with the ACTS system over 40 days, as well as a space for self-reflection and an “Accountability” section to record their daily Bible readings. There is also section in which to record “Answered Prayers” and additional self-reflection space following the worksheets. The entire book is peppered with biblical quotes and suggested readings, including the journal pages, which provide fodder for reflection but occasionally break the flow of the text. Despite this, Webster provides good guidance for the often loose and daunting task of daily prayer, especially in regard to the Accountability section of the journal pages. Readers willing to work through clunky prose will find a writer and teacher who earnestly wishes to help people get closer to God. Those serious about improving their prayer life will certainly benefit from ACTS and from Webster’s positive message.
Useful guidance for the spiritual seeker willing to work.