A Book for the Bathtub

No, that’s not true. This is the kind of book that should definitely not be taken into a bathtub. This is a book that you will want to sit down with a good highlighter because you will be underlining so many profound insights.


It’s Philip Yancey’s latest: Prayer. Does It Make Any Difference? (Zondervan). A brilliant writer and reflective thinker, Yancey’s examines the questions we all have about prayer. In his trademark style, Yancey writes from a heart filled with questions. He wonders about prayer, too, and has embarked on a study to explore this mysterious and compelling topic. For example: If God knows everything, what’s the point of prayer? Why do so many prayers go unanswered? Does prayer really help with physical healing?

This book might be Yancey’s best. Any reader’s prayer life will be touched.

About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


  1. Anonymous says:


    In the midst of grading papers, looking for a diversion, I decided to look up your blog.

    Now, I can’t wait to get Yancy’s book. I have so, so many questions on prayer — especially intercessory prayer. I mean, I can see the difference prayer makes in my own life. But what happens when I pray for others? Say, this morning on my walk (8 am Pa. time) when I prayed for you and for your mom and dad and the upcoming move…what difference did it make? Will things go differently because I prayed. I doubt it. It seems like it would be wrong to consider an action of mine having that much influence. God loves you. Isn’t he going to work things out in the best way possible whether I pray or not?

    Also, when I pray for someone, is it beneficial to pray without them knowing I am praying for them? Or should I e-mail, call or otherwise tell them?

    I have so, so many questions about prayer. I can’t wait to pick up Yancy’s book.


  2. Mike says:

    Just bought it yesterday and plan to read it over the weekend! Mike

  3. where’s my post? not writing the whole post out again lol you missed a typo mods