21 Seconds to Change by Mark Rutland {book review}

A Powerful Call to Restore Your Soul Through Prayer by praying the Lord’s prayer and Psalm 23.

21 Seconds to Change Your World: Finding God’s Healing and Abundance Through Prayer, by Mark Rutland {book review}

21 seconds to changeSummary:

When an excruciating bout of depression led Dr. Mark Rutland to more deeply explore prayer, he came to understand its miraculous power for soul restoration. Prayer is a declaration of our Father’s compassion toward us, a confession of our own inadequacy, and a reminder that he meets our daily needs.

As it turns out, these are the elements of prayer Jesus taught his disciples. Praying and meditating on the Lord’s Prayer changed Dr. Rutland’s life, and since then he has used it to restore others’ souls as well.

Filled with moving stories and powerful insights, this book will help you discover the truth about God’s love and power, and this truth will bless and heal you. In the end, it’s not just about saying the Lord’s Prayer–it’s about getting to know the Lord of the prayer.

My Reaction:

21 Seconds to Change Your World is an inspirational practical book.  It wasn’t what I expected.  To its credit, it is not preachy, nor is it written as a self-help book.  It is packed with Biblical theology and practical application from real life experience.  I believe Dr. Rutland sincerely wants to help others learn what he has learned.

The title, 21 Seconds to Change Your World, is an excellent one, both as a hook to the reader and  in being true to the book’s content.  21 seconds is how long it takes to say the Lord’s Prayer, which, according to Dr. Rutland, with consistent praying will change you.

Writing style.  The book has three parts, each written in a different style and format.  The first part has no pattern, and reads like a textbook.  The second part is inconsistent, as the author parallels Psalm 23 and the Lord’s Prayer (which are not perfectly parallel).  In spite of the inconsistencies, the author writes his thoughts and experiences in beautiful flowing narrative.  The third part is the practical format for suggested use, which employs numerous examples for prayer.

The liberal use of the world “actually” in the book is inconsistent with the author’s education and writing experience.  It made me wonder if he had help writing the book, and whether it had been properly edited.  The writing is not tight, often using more words than necessary.  I was disappointed in the inconsistencies in the writing.

Kudos.  The heart of the author comes through in the spite of the book’s technical struggles.  At times the vocabulary is on the high end, but its use allows the reader to figure out the meaning.

In spite of its faults, this book has a great message.  The author effectively conveys the person of Christ, as the author of the the Lord’s Prayer, and David, as the author of Psalm 23.  His insight into their particular culture and their personalities as writers is thought-provoking.  I enjoyed the second part of the book most, with its many personal vignettes from the author and others.  I love that this method is tried and true.

Whether you agree with the author’s premise, are a skeptic, or one who thinks they have no need for change in your life, you would benefit from reading this book.  The author’s transparency and commitment to serving God are contagious.

My rating:  4 stars

I received my copy of 21 Seconds to Change Your World from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.  Opinions are my own.

ORU Spring 2009

About the Author:

Dr. Mark Rutland is the founder and President of Global Servants which he began in 1977 with his wife, Alison, and a donation of 150 dollars. Over the years Dr. Rutland has continued as the President of Global while also serving as a Senior Pastor and a University President.

A native of Texas, he was educated at the University of Maryland, Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, and holds a Ph.D. from California Graduate School of Theology.

Through Global Servants, Rutland has traveled in missionary evangelism around the world and founded ministries in Ghana and Thailand. The House of Grace home for tribal girls in Chiang Rai, Thailand was founded in 1988 and houses over 100 girls.

He also is a sought after speaker for leadership seminars and conferences in the U.S. and abroad. He and his wife Alison have taught together in Global’s marriage enrichment conference ministering to thousands of couples over the years.

Dr. Rutland is the author of fourteen books: Launch Out into the Deep, The Finger of God, Hanging by a Thread, Behind the Glittering Mask, Streams of Mercy, God of the Valleys, Nevertheless, Dream, Character Matters, Power, Holiness, Resurrection, Most Likely to Succeed, and his latest book, ReLaunch, is a New York Times Bestseller.

Mark and Alison Rutland have been married since 1967 and have one son, two daughters, four grandsons, and two granddaughters.

My review is also posted on Goodreads.

I have posted this review on Bethany House Reviewers, who supplied me with the book in return for my honest review.

This review is posted on christianbook.com where it may be purchased.

Vessels for the Master’s Use {348/612}


February 27

Daily Proverb

The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous,

and the transgressor for the upright.

Proverbs 21:18


Daily Bible Reading:

Psalm 24


Inspiring Hymns #348

I Surrender All

All to Jesus I surrender, all to Him I feely give;  I will ever love and trust Him, in His presence daily live.

All to Jesus I surrender, humbly at His feet I bow, Worldly pleasures all forsaken, take me, Jesus, take me now.

All to Jesus, I surrender, make me, Savior, wholly Thine;  Let me feel the Holy Spirit, truly know that Thou art mine.

All to Jesus, I surrender, Lord, I give myself to Thee;  Fill me with Thy love and power, let Thy blessing fall on me.

Chorus:  I surrender all, I surrender all.  All to Thee, my blessed Savior, I surrender all.

Words:  J. W. Van DeVenter

Music:  W. S. Weeden

Copyright 1951

Singspiration, Inc.