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When your prayers feel uninspired and routine or if you wonder if God is even listening...take heart! You were created to experience prayer in full color; your conversations with God can be as fun and creative as He is. Designed to Pray is an 8-week interactive workbook where you'll learn how to pray creatively.
DAY 1 of each week consists of some reading, a written prayer, and a few short reflection questions. DAYS 2 through 6 contain a variety of prayer activities including coloring pages and writing prompts. DAY 7 closes the week with a verse or concept on which to meditate. In the back of the book you'll find space for writing out your ongoing prayers. This can be completed individually or in a group setting.
Number of Pages: 128
Vendor: Tyndale Momentum
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)|
Series: Women of Faith
Praying Upside Down: A Creative Prayer Experience to Transform Your Time with GodKelly O'Dell StanleyTyndale House / 2015 / Trade Paperback$9.49 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 2 Reviews
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Made to Belong: A 6-Week Journey to Discover Your Life's PurposeRachel Anne Ridge, Women of FaithTyndale Momentum / 2016 / Trade Paperback$6.29 Retail:
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You Belong: 52 Stories to Strengthen Your Purpose, Faith & RelationshipsWomen of FaithTyndale Momentum / 2016 / Hardcover$11.49 Retail:
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Whether youve been praying for a long time or are just beginning to enter in, this eight-week adventure from Kelly ODell Stanley will infuse passion and creativity into your communication with God. Filled with daily interactive activitieseverything from coloring pages to writing prompts to doodlingyoull find space to let go of fear and expectations and discover what it means to engage with the One who loves you.
Designed to Pray offers an innovative way to start viewing God, the world around you, and your faith with a new perspective. Because when you pray, youre nurturing a relationship with God. Its what you were designed to do.
Bekah5 Stars Out Of 5Creative Approach to PrayerJanuary 14, 2017BekahQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Kelly O'Dell Stanley is a graphic designer and writer, and her two loves collided in this book. She had previously written a book on prayer called Praying Upside Down, and after completing that book, she began to have ideas for an interactive workbook type project on prayer that she hoped would help people become closer to the Lord through creative approaches to prayer.
This book isn't really a "read from cover to cover" kind of book, although I read it that way so I could tell you about it! It's a book you'll want to approach in a slow, daily kind of pace until you've worked your way through every single page. It's designed as an 8 week study on prayer, with new activities to try every single day.
She talks about everything from trying actual new postures of prayer to learning new ways to remember (consistently) to pray for requests that come your way to suiting up in the full armor of God as you pray, and over 50 additional ideas in between.
There might be some exercises that don't zing you, and that's okay. Her goal isn't for every single activity to resonate with every single reader. Her goal is to help you uncover new ideas you might not have considered and to unlock some prayerful creativity in you.
And if you're nervous about trying a book like this because you don't really have creative genes within you, NEVER FEAR! She already thought of that and designed each exercise to be a door-opener for the creative and well-equipped for the creatively challenged. You'll find enough tools on each page to be able to do some version of the exercise, even if you can't draw or think outside the box very well.
(OH! And if you are into the coloring craze, you'll find more than one opportunity to use that outlet in this book!)
Though this book is geared for women (and is actually one of the resources on the new Belong tour), I think it would work well for teens, too, so if you're mentoring a young woman or have a daughter you're trying to find some common ground with on the topic of teaching prayer, this might be the ticket!
** I received two copies of Designed to Pray at no cost to me from Tyndale Momentum and the Blythe Daniel Agency. All opinions on the book in this written review and in the podcast are my own. *