Confessions of a Prayer Wimp: My Fumbling, Faltering  Foilbles in Faith  -     By: Mary Pierce
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Confessions of a Prayer Wimp: My Fumbling, Faltering Foilbles in Faith

Zondervan / 2005 / Paperback

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In her humorous, conversational style, Mary Pierce laughs at her mistakes and her prayers that seem more like advertising jingles (Lord, I need a break today, and Can you hear me now, Lord?). Pierce deals with our fumbling attempts to grow closer to God, encouraging us as she invites us to laugh, cry, love, embrace life, and pray! In Confessions of a Prayer Wimp, you'll come to understand that faith is less about what you are or do or say, and more about who God is someone who loves you no matter what you do.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2005
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 0310249791
ISBN-13: 9780310249795
UPC: 025986249793
Availability: Available to ship on or about 09/27/14.

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Is your spiritual life more like a fast-food run than an intimate dinner for two? Whether it’s the busy mother’s wish to be Wonder Woman—minus the metal bra—or battles with an exploding hot water heater, or fighting the “Resolutionary War” of New Year’s Day, Mary Pierce understands the dilemmas of being a woman in today’s 24/7 world. From disorganized misery to extreme organizational mania (she used to refer to her children by their household chores: Cat Box Boy, Dishwasher Girl, and Garbage Can Baby), Pierce deals with our fumbling attempts to grow closer to God, encouraging us as she invites us to laugh, cry, love, embrace life, and pray! In her humorous, conversational style, Pierce laughs at her mistakes and her prayers that seem more like advertising jingles (Lord, I need a break today, and Can you hear me now, Lord?). In Confessions of a Prayer Wimp, you’ll come to understand that faith is less about what you are or do or say, and more about who God is—someone who loves you no matter what you do.

Author Bio

Mary Pierce (www.laughlady.com) is a humorist and author, writing humor for Focus on the Family, Quality of Life Times, and other publications. Her books with Zondervan include: Confessions of a Prayer Wimp and When Did I Stop Being Barbie and Become Mrs. Potato Head?. An entertaining keynote speaker, Mary’s been sharing laughs with community, church, and retreat audiences since 1996, and has co-hosted a monthly radio program. She and her husband, Terry, live in Wisconsin, where she dreams of getting her act together...someday.

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For a woman who confesses to being a shallow thinker and says she prefers to take life one sunrise at a time, Pierce offers some rich life wisdom as she discusses the disciplines of faith and practical prayer. Pierce (humor columnist for Focus on the Family's LifeWise magazine and author of When Did I Stop Being Barbie and Become Mrs. Potato Head?) tenders comical asides to everyday hassles, irritations and frustrations while simultaneously nudging readers to give thanks for these annoying episodes as they frequently become the purveyors of peace, hope and joy. With a chuckle on every page, readers will discover fresh twists to old struggles on body image, money issues, child-rearing and marriage. Pierce brings humor to the forefront as she details her failures in the prayer department, calling herself a prayer worrier whose only recourse to total meltdown is to recognize her utter dependence upon God. Throughout this three-part comedy act, spiritual lessons can be gleaned from such nondescript objects as hula hoops, Pine-Sol and metal bras. Pierce's zany take on pairing prayer with life has the potential to do what few Christian books ever manage: to appeal to Christians and those outside the faith in equal measure. (Jan.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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Author/Artist Review

Author: Mary Pierce
Located in: Wisconsin
Submitted: September 11, 2007

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I started writing in grade school, poems mostly. My best work ever was a poem my dad carried in his wallet, where I found it after he died. It was worn to shreds. I'm a mom, a step-mom and a grandma. I write in the woods in Wisconsin, watching the seasons and alert for inspiration.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  I read one article too many about how to be a prayer warrior...articles that made me feel I was "failing" somehow as a Christian. I just knew...well, I HOPED there were others feeling the same way...not quite "measuring up" as warriors, but just bumbling along, hoping that our prayers were heard...

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  I want readers to know that God hears ALL our prayers, the ones we offer from our knees in the cathedral as well as the ones we offer as we clean up the mess in the kitchen, or wipe our toddler's face, or tuck the notes into the kids' lunches or sit beside a hospital bed.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  I was blessed to work on this book, to think about all the answers I've had to prayer. That was so encouraging to me, just knowing that God DOES hear and he DOES answer. And to "relive" the story of the carrots--a miracle, no question--was delightful!

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  I love CS Lewis. I didn't grow up in a Christian home. I didn't read the Chronicles of Narnia until I was in my 40s, and every book in the series had something--a "God sighting"--that simply took my breath away. That's how I define great writing--connecting with a reader in that breathless way.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  I feel incredibly humbled by people saying they enjoy my writing, or that God used it to touch them or change them in some way. What a privilege it is to write for Him! And thank you, thank you, THANK YOU readers for encouraging me to do it! :-) May YOU be blessed just as you've blessed me!

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