The title does not do justice to the book's content. These 101 offerings are indeed powerful, but they are pithy essays that exude a fragrance like the sweet scent of a flower garden. Each selection begins with a Scripture passage, followed by a human-interest anecdote, and concludes with a sample prayer. Scripture texts are taken from the Gospels, Paul's letters, the prophetic writings, and most of all, the Psalms.
A variety of prayers center on spiritual growth, a deeper knowledge of God, help in trouble, and the sinner's prayer for God's mercy. Here are a few of the scriptural prayers included in this book: "The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen." (Phil. 4: 23); "On my bed I remember you: I think of you through the watches of the night," (Ps. 63:6); "Great is your faithfulness" (Lam. 3:23); and the ultimate prayer, "Amen, Come, Lord Jesus" (Rev. 22:20).
One short paragraph in one of the "stories" caught my eye as summarizing the essence of the entire book: "A joyful, abundant, and prayerful life will not happen automatically. We must choose it for ourselves. How do we go about choosing such a life? We could, perhaps, choose to celebrate one thing every day: large or small, outlandish or ordinary. It doesn't matter. The important thing is to prayerfully honor the Lord by living the fulfilling life He died to give us" (page 150).