10 Prayer Secrets: Supernatural Power For Your Breakthrough, by Hakeem Collins
[Note: This book was provided free of charge by Chosen Books in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.]
A book like this gives the reader the impression that there is a serious problem in this world with people trying to reinvent the wheel. That is not to say that this is a bad book by any means. It is a perfectly fine book that has decent principles about how to read and understand the Bible together and there is nothing wrong with that. But is this book necessary? Does it say anything differently about prayer than hundreds of other books on the subject have not said? Not really. What is said about prayer is perfectly fine and worth thinking about and remembering and something that should be taught by the church but it is also something that tends to take up an awful lot of books from people who tend to say the same sorts of things as others and simply package it slightly differently. This makes the book feel somewhat redundant. While I appreciated what the author had to say, I just could not find many areas where this book included things that I had not already heard and that made the book somewhat disappointing to read given the fact that it was so repetitive compared to the large body of work that exists about the subject of prayer.
This book is a relatively short one of about 150 pages or so and it is is divided into two parts. The first part of the book examines then supposed prayer secrets that the author has some sort of asserted insight into (I). After an introduction we discuss the discovery of one’s passions (1), the anticipation of breakthroughs (2), the practice of Jesus’ prayer model (3), the implementation of fasting (4), cooperation with God’s timing (5), being a friend of God (6), activating angelic help (7), forgiving (8), unleashing chain-breaking praise (9), and partnering with God’s Spirit and others (10). After that the author includes a thirty-day program to improve one’s prayer life for achieving a breakthrough, which includes the protection of passion, making passion purpose-driven, expecting the unexpected, building faith, praying by example, being discipled by prayer, fasting, being close to God, dealing with appointed and redeemed time, having faithful confidants as well as invisible friends, seeking guardian angels as well as forgiving to be forgiven, looking for praise power, seeking unity with other brethren, and seeking corporate prayer power among the body of Christ. Again, most of this seems like re-inventing the wheel, or using jargon expressions to describe something familiar and well-known.
This is a subject that writers should think about more often. It is not hard at all to justify the creation of more books when someone has something original to say. Even in cases where what one has to say is not strikingly original or unusual, there is still worth in reading works where the focus is on the perspective of the individual. Of course, writing about subjects that are unfamiliar or that require the understanding of new sources of information that have become available are also easy ways to justify the writing of more books despite the fact that there are many books. Often, though, people have the same general perspective and have the same thing to say about the same subject, so what is the point in writing something new except as a way of building a personal brand by having something to say under one’s own name rather than simply recommending what came before that still says what one thinks and feels and believes. At any rate, this book strikes the reader as inessential, but if you haven’t read dozens of books on the subject of prayer, this isn’t a bad one to read at least.