Arts Books — 22 June 2012
Book Review – Prayer: When Answers Aren’t Enough

Prayer: When Answers Aren’t Enough

Author: Helen Grace Lescheid

List Price: 17.95 (192 pages, softcover)

ISBN: 978-1-55452-600-0

Publisher: Essence Publishing

Release Date: March 22, 2011

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (Rating System)


Review by Violet Nesdoly

Do you ever ask questions like, why didn’t God answer my prayer? Is prayer ever wasted? What is the purpose of prayer anyway? In Prayer: When Answers Aren’t Enough Abbotsford, B.C. writer Helen Lescheid sets herself the big task of asking and answering many common questions about prayer.

Part one of the book asks another question: what is God like? In thirteen chapters Lescheid relates God’s attributes of holiness, love, sovereignty, omnipresence, and more, to prayer.

In Part two, ten additional chapters deal with what prayer is. They explore how to pray, how prayer changes us, praying for others, praying for physical healing, and more.

Lescheid’s tone is warm and companionable. Her style, honed by years of writing for Guideposts and Readers Digest, is smooth and easy to read. Her many anecdotes and stories bring spiritual principles to life. Most of all, we trust the wisdom of this woman who has seen many prayers answered, but has also wrestled personally with questions about prayer through years of praying for a spouse with mental illness.

Whether you’re a seasoned pray-er or new to the practice, this book has a lot to offer. It is available at Amazon, Chapters, Essence Publishing bookstore, the author’s website, and some Christian bookstores.

Violet Nesdoly lives in Langley, B.C. with her husband, is the mother of two adult children and a grandmother. When she’s not writing she enjoys watching a little reality TV, reading, and going for walks, camera in hand. She will be reviewing biographical stories, children’s books, and books on Christian living. Visit her on the web at

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