I finally got a chance to open up my copy of Prayer Walk. What a better time to do that than on my treadmill ;). I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and it was such an easy, flowing read that it only took me 3 treadmill sessions.
Janet McHenry found a way to kill 2 birds with one stone. Mind you, I know this concept of praying and walking is nothing new, and people have been doing it for quite some time I'm sure, however, she keeps you interested with her humor, and her little stories along the way.
Janet does a great job of setting the reader up to prepare, mentor, motivate, and encourage you to keep going in your prayer walk. She first shares how and why she began prayer walking, and it's not a story too far from my own life actually, and many many women.
In Part 1, McHenry will share her reasons for prayer walking, benefits of walking and praying, and doing both together. She shares all of her excuses she gave herself for not following through with prayer walking and also shares ways to help reduce any aches and pains, along with finding prayer walk parnters.
In Part 2, she gives little bits of lessons, and answered prayers she received from her "Personal Trainer" during her walks, and she shares stories of how she believes her prayers began being answered not just through her praying over her own family, but also the people in her town that she would see on her daily walks.
Janet has generously added a few helpful sections including:
Study Guide for all chapters
Resources on walking
30 Day Prayer Challenge
How to Organize a Community Powerwalk
I gave this book a 4 star rating because of Janet's ability to keep me reading with her humor, and touching stories and explanations. Even though her ideas are nothing new, or unexpected, it's still a good book to read. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone needing a little motivation in the area of getting healthy physically as well as spiritually.
I received this book at no cost to review from Water Brook Press. This in no way sways my opinion of the book as the review posted is honest and true to my own opinion.
What challenges your body, feeds your spirit and changes the world all at the same time? Are you frustrated by your failed efforts to exercise regularly and spending regular, uninterrupted time in prayer? Janet Holm McHenry found a way to trim her waistline and bulk up her prayer time through the simple experience of prayerwalking.
In her book, "PrayerWalk", McHenry outlines the physical and spiritual benefits of a daily walk spent in prayer for others. After suffering from depression, weight gain and exhaustion, she discovered a routine that changed her life as well as the lives of those around her. She began walking around her neighborhood and downtown area praying for neighbors, business owners and government leaders. She began noticing her weight decrease, her mood uplifted and her town revived.
Her book will motivate you to get up and get walking. She will inspire you to stop thinking of yourself and start focusing on the needs of others and your community. Also included in her book is a study guide and a 30-day challenge as well as a how-to guide on organizing a community prayerwalk event.
Take a walk with your Personal TrainerÃ¢â¬âget in better physical, mental and physical shape.
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I read PrayerWalk in three days, so it's an easy read. It was mostly what I expected. Janet Holm McHenry began walking in the mornings for exercise and to allow herself time to spend in prayer with God.
She talks about the blessings she has witnessed and received from the prayers she prays while walking. She offers good advice on prayer and Bible reading.
She offers advice on good walking shoes, safety and stretching and walking. She talks about the self-discipline needed to doing a prayerwalk and talks about the elements you will need to face and the possible sacrifices you will need to make to become a faithful prayerwalker.
It was a good, inspiring book. I just didn't find any surprises.
Have you ever felt like you prayer life was lacking commitment and zeal? Most people do during certain seasons of there spiritual lives, people like Janet Holm McHenry. McHenry, author of PrayerWalk, was at a point in her life where she felt like she was dragging spiritually and physically. At the end of her ropes and tired of failing at being disciplined, McHenry settled her mind on rising an hour early every morning to prayerwalk unaware of the changes in her body and spirit that were to follow.
Her focus in the beginning of her prayerwalking program was her family. As she continued to walk day after day, both her physical and spiritual eyes were open to the needs in her small community. Her prayers grew to include strongholds of drug and alcohol in her community, people she met on the roads, local schools, public figures, and more. With each chapter in PrayerWalk, it is evident that her prayers have developed depth. She tells of her experiences negative and positive, from fear of the dark roads to a new level of intimacy with God. When PrayerWalk concludes, the reader has been educated about necessary information to help them make prayerwalking a daily part of their lives.
I would recommend McHenry's PrayerWalk for anyone who wants to develop his prayer life and the health of his body. There were chapters of the book that I found boring, only because walking has been a part of my exercise routine for years. The sections focused on healthy walking was a little below my level, but it would be necessary for some readers. It was the second half of the book that discussed the Spiritual rewards from prayerwalking, which was a wonderful read. Along with truth and encouragement, the personal stories sprinkled throughout the book added a lot of character to the book. As a whole, I would suggest reading PrayerWalk. It will challenge and encourage any reader.
*I was given a free copy of Janet Holm McHenry's PrayerWalk by WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
PrayerWalk by Janet Holm McHenry is a great book if you're thinking of prayerwalking for yourself. This is something I've wanted to do for a while now, and have done occasionally... but I'm glad I had the chance to read the book before I made a commitment. There is so much to think about. Not that you have to be a perfectionist or anything... it's not a list of to-do's... just that the book gives great tips and good advice before beginning. Such as; bringing water, what shoes to wear, clothing, safety, and prayer. Great advice on prayer.
The author shares her personal experiences of her first years of PrayerWalking. She explains in detail the benefits, physically and spiritually, as well as the challenges. This is not a book that just says "Now get out there and do it!", the author has done her research. And much of her knowledge comes first hand.
I enjoyed reading this book. It has motivated me. I was reading another book about walking WITH God, not ahead or behind, so when I saw this book.... I knew it was my answer to prayer. I'm ready for a deeper prayer life... I'm ready to walk with God.
*Thanks to WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing for providing me with a free copy of this book for my honest review!