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Dr. Thomas Hauff Publishes New Book on Prayer


In his first published book, When God Says, "No": Reshaping Prayer and Learning to Listen, Multnomah University Bible and Theology professor, Dr. Thomas Hauff, addresses the misconceptions and pitfalls many Christians experience in their prayer lives. When God Says "No" explores real prayer as the Bible presents it and emphasizes how prayer functions to mature believers spiritually. Dr. Hauff provides an in-depth investigation into the ways Christians pray, the goals prayer should accomplish, and how Christians respond to God's answers. In his book, Dr. Hauff unfolds the foundation of authentic prayer: listening honestly to God.

When God Says "No" is published by Wipf and Stock and was released in early December, 2010. The book includes a forward by Multnomah Seminary student Ben Tertin, who encouraged Dr. Hauff to write the book.


"I had always struggled with prayer and found that most people were in the same boat," Dr. Hauff said. "I had also found that when we finally put aside the Christian clichés that seem to permeate the discussion of prayer, God seems to say ‘no' to many of our requests. That made me wonder why that is when God seemingly says He wants to give us the "desires of our hearts," so to speak. So I began to explore real prayer as it is presented in scripture with an emphasis on how it functions to mature us. My hope is that people will learn to be more realistic about how God works in the world and how He responds to our requests. Also, I hope that people will see a holistic approach to Christian Growth in the book as well. Prayer is the vehicle to a more foundational idea about the importance of maturity to the Christian life."

More Info

For more information about When God Says, "No": Reshaping Prayer and Learning to Listen, contact Dr. Tom Hauff at 503.251.6421 or email When God Says "No" is available for online purchase here.

About Multnomah

Multnomah University is a fully accredited, private, non-denominational, Christian institution of higher education, located in Portland, Oregon with teaching sites in Reno, Nevada, Anchorage, Alaska and Seattle, Washington. Made up of an undergraduate Bible college, a biblical seminary, graduate programs, an adult degree completion program, and an online distance-learning program, Multnomah issues bachelor's and master's degrees, and professional certifications and endorsements.