Drawing on decades of pastoral experience, Thomas Steagald finds ordinary moments morning, noon, and night that can be transformed with prayer. Practical, poetic, and filled with anecdotes, Southern wit, and scriptural reflection, Praying for Dear Life offers a real-time look of prayer in a day of Steagald's life. You'll be inspired to a deeper communion with God without abandoning the life you know.
Draw closer to God in the ordinary moments of the day
Through lyrical anecdotes, Southern wit, and scriptural reflection, Pastor Thomas Steagald offers this sprawling oak of a work, rooted deeply in a life of prayer. This sepia-toned memoir takes you on Steagalds daily pastoral rounds from pre-dawn rising to a rest found only in the assurance of Christs mercy. In between is a richly textured account of little moments seized for consecrationprayers in the shower, coffee at Hardees, choir practice, and the surprises that test our perception of what in our lives is Gods business. It is our faith, and by faith I really mean trust, that no person, no situation, no circumstance exists without Him, or devoid of Him, or apart from His grace. So it is that Steagald dismantles the strict compartments of our ordinary lives and invites us to offer our entire being to Christ.
Thomas R. Steagald is pastor of First United Methodist Church in Stanley, NC. His work has appeared in numerous publications including Circuit Rider, Preaching, and The Abingdon Preaching Annual. He is the author of two other books, "Devotionally Yours, Philippians" and "The Birth That Changed by Life." In "Praying for Dear Life," he draws on decades of his pastoral work and personal study. He lives with his wife Jo in Gastonia, NC.
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