Title: Intercessors Arise
Author: Debbie Przybylski
Publication Date: 2008
**Special thanks to Stephanie Chalfant at NavPress for sending me a review copy in exchange for an honest review.**
“Prayer is not an indifferent or a small thing. It is not a sweet, little privilege. It is a great prerogative, far-reaching in its effects. Failure to pray entails losses far beyond the person who neglects it. Prayer is not a mere episode of the Christian life. Rather, the whole of life is preparation for and the result of prayer.” –E.M. Bounds in E.M. Bounds on Prayer, as quoted on page 13 of Intercessors Arise.
I enjoyed hearing Ms. Przybylski’s stories from the mission field, serving in over 60 countries. I particularly enjoyed the stories she shared of meeting Corrie Ten Boom. As with any book, you have to separate the wheat from the chaff and there were a few things I disagreed with such as the translation used. I also disagreed with the examples of using “breath prayers.” “Pray a brief phrase to Jesus throughout the day that you can repeat in one breath” (19). I firmly believe we should pray without ceasing, but I disagree with using repetitive phrases in prayer (Matthew 6:7).
What I did appreciate in this book, however, were the vast and rich quotations. Some of these I plan to keep in my treasury. Some of my favorite authors such as E.M. Bounds, Henry Blackaby, and Elisabeth Elliot are quoted from. I was also as I studied the Scriptures in my own Bible quoted in the application section of this book. Although I didn’t agree with all of it, this book has some great nuggets of wisdom.