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“Praying the Bible” by Donald S. Whitney surpasses
100,000 in print sales with Crossway

WHEATON, Ill.—Crossway is pleased to announce that Donald S. Whitney’s Praying the Bible (Crossway, July 2015) has surpassed 100,000 units in print sales.

Although prayer is a vital discipline of the Christian life, many Christians struggle to know how they should pray—especially when they find their focus drifting and their prayers becoming increasingly repetitive. In this brief yet profound book, Whitney helps readers transform their prayer lives through the simple method of praying the words of Scripture. Praying the Bible shows Christians how God’s Word can direct their thoughts and words as they pray through passages line by line, deepening their communion with their heavenly Father.

“What you are doing,” writes Whitney, “is taking words that originated in the heart and mind of God and circulating them through your heart and mind back to God. By this means his words become the wings of your prayers.”

Available in both hardcover and ebook formats, Praying the Bible has received commendations from Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth (host of Revive Our Hearts), Bryan Chapell (pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria, Illinois), and more.

“This little book is explosive and powerful,” writes Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. “Read it ready to experience a great step forward in your walk with Christ and in your commitment to prayer.”

Justin Taylor, Crossway’s publisher for books, comments: “We are so pleased to see the ways in which God is using this little book to connect hearing from God in his Word and then communicating to him in prayer. The material has been changing lives for many years, and we are honored to publish it in book form for the good of the church and unto the glory of God!”

Whitney is the author of Family Worship (Crossway, 2016) and Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life (NavPress, 1991). He also wrote the introduction for the upcoming ESV Prayer Bible (Crossway, April 2019). For more information about the author, visit

Donald S. Whitney (PhD, University of the Free State) is professor of biblical spirituality at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He has written several books related to Christian spirituality, including Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life and Family Worship. | |

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