The Soul at Rest: A 40-Day Journey into a Life of Prayer

Reviewed by: Megan Burkhart, a Professional Writing student at Taylor University



Title: The Soul at Rest: A 40-Day Journey into a Life of Prayer

Author: Tricia McCary Rhodes

Publisher: NavPress

Publication Date: November 6, 2018

Format: Paperback

Length: 276 pages


At one point, a publisher suggested that Rhodes title her book Practicing Prayer, a title she cringed at, remembering her torturous piano lessons as a child. However, Rhodes acknowledges that the only way to develop new skills, even prayer, is through practice.

No matter the reader’s experience with prayer, Rhodes invites veterans and newcomers alike on a journey to meet God through a variety of prayer disciplines including meditative prayer, praying God’s story, conversational prayer, recollective prayer, the prayer of simplicity, prayer through the dark night, and prayer without words.

Each “day” of prayer includes sections to help the reader prepare her heart and press in to God through Scripture and quiet reflection. Rhodes encourages the reader to not give up when distractions creep in, but to instead keep bringing the focus back to God. Her honesty and gentle guidance provide a caring and shepherding tone throughout the book.

Overall, readers will find greater intimacy with God and a greater understanding of themselves throughout this 40-day walk. Though practice does not always make perfect, readers will be prepared to continue this journey on their own, fully equipped to approach God and His Word in a posture of surrender—hungry for more of Him.


Rating (1 to 5)

4.5 out of 5 stars

Suggested Audience

A Christian audience (primarily women) who seek a deeper connection with God through prayer.

Christian Impact

Rhodes does an excellent job tying Scripture in throughout her book and includes a discussion guide at the end with material for Bible study groups to work through. A resource for individuals or the community to address prayer and intimacy with God.


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The Soul at Rest: A Forty-Day Journey Into a Life of Prayer

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