Praying Women: How to Pray When You Don't Know What to SaySheila WalshBaker Books / 2020 / Hardcover$14.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 19 Reviews Video
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KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Awesome!February 21, 2020KavRCanadaGender: female"Prayer activates the power of God." (p 27)
I'm a fiction lover at heart. I learn and grow by feeling my way through a story which is why I read Christian Fiction almost exclusively. I'm very selective about the non-fiction books I read and even then, I need a storytelling approach to capture and hold my attention. Just the way my brain is wired, I guess. But this title intrigued me...especially the "how to pray when you don't know what to say' part so I decided to be brave and wander into the pages of another non-fiction selection. And am I ever glad I did!
I've been living with Praying Women for a couple of weeks -- admittedly not reading it cover to cover but randomly discovering sections on whim -- or, dare I say, divine guidance? It has become a part of my morning bible study and even though I've read the whole book through in my higgedly-piggedly fashion, I'm not ready to put it aside. I know I can go deeper if I let Walsh's words really settle and take hold.
So -- what this fiction aficionado loves about this -- gasp -- non-fiction book:
First and foremost, Sheila Walsh is a storyteller. Praying Women reads like she's sitting across from me at my kitchen table. She's authentic. Honest. Real. Vulnerable. And she's created a safe place for her readers to be too. I found myself having imaginary conversations with her, stripping away some of my hurts and daring to be real right back. Very cathartic -- even if the only one listening is God...which is kinda the point of the book. :-)
And I so appreciate how she validates my worries and fears. I'm broken. I have a messy past. Experienced a lot of pain. Sometimes I've failed more than I've triumphed. Walsh reminds me that I'm not alone. That my struggles are real. That it's okay to be so overwhelmed that you can't find words to pray.
"Whatever your challenge is, let me remind you that God is not looking for perfect words or perfect people. He just wants our hearts." (p 15)
I love the way each chapters has a graphic depicting a powerful prayer statement in bold cursive in-your-face-not-to-be-ignored audacity. Like "Praying Women trust God in the silence and not knowing" and "Praying Women know that the greatest breakthrough is in their own hearts." I can't tell you how many times I've flipped through the book looking for these reminders. Enough so that I've printed them on index cards and plastered them all over my house!
I love the easy flow of Walsh's writing style. The way she weaves in and out from personal story to scripture and back again.
I love the prayer reminders at the end of each chapter -- simple starting points that help me focus on my relationship with God.
And for those times when I can't dredge up a single thought or know where to begin praying, she has included a simple prayer at the end of each chapter. A starting off point, maybe? Or a place to mediate from. I found such a release when I read some of them. Knots of tension and strain snapping free with every word I couldn't have found on my own.
My copy of Praying Women has a place right next to my bible and my devotional as I will continue reading from it daily.
This book provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc.
Lisa Engwell5 Stars Out Of 5Amazing book on PrayerFebruary 17, 2020Lisa EngwellMost books are instructional but this book is so much more. It helps you come as you are in prayer and develop a deeper prayer life and relationship with God. I've been reading this book a chapter a day with my Mom and we are both enjoying it so much and having great discussions. Shelia's writing style is so easy to read and she adds her humor to it as well. You will love this book and your prayer life will be much better.
danniAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5greatFebruary 13, 2020danniAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I have a few mother-daughter devotionals written by Sheila Walsh and have thoroughly enjoyed them. This was my first adult book to read written by her and wasn't sure what to expect.
My first criticism right from the start is the book cover. I have never been a fan of book covers conveying only a picture of the author. I find this to be a bit conceded. I prefer book covers that convey the concept being written about as that's what is important - not necessarily the author that wrote it.
It's always a positive when an author includes their own life experiences and stories. This produces two things
1 - an author that's relatable to real life
2 - an author that is qualified to right on the specific topic.
Sheila is very honest with her prayer life from the past and present. I appreciate her vulnerability.
The book consists of ten chapters:
- Pray when you don't know what to say
- Pray because God is waiting for you
- Pray...and don't give up
- Pray hardest when it's hardest to pray
- Pray through your pain
- Pray when God seems silent
- Pray with the power of the Word of God
- Pray with your armor on
- Pray when you need a breakthrough
- Pray from a place of victory
As you can tell from the chapter titles, nothing she presented within the book regarding how to pray was new. All of it was taken directly from Scripture, which God has gifted us long before Sheila wrote this book. But she does a wonderful job of expounding on each with Scripture references, biblical wisdom, and personal insights. She utilizes both the Old and New Testaments as both are overflowing with examples of prayer.
Each chapter is concluded with Prayer Reminders & A Sample Prayer. These sections are simple and provide bullet points that sum up the chapter along with a basic prayer than can be used as needed.
You can tell as she writes that her love for Jesus is utmost which makes the book even more impactful.
I received a copy of this book from Baker Books in exchange for an honest review.
Julie5 Stars Out Of 5Best book on prayer for Praying Women and everyoneFebruary 9, 2020JulieQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5When I heard Sheila Walsh had written a book on prayer, I knew I had to read it. I first saw her at a Women of Faith conference in 2003. Her words and ministry have deeply impacted my faith journey since then.
Prayer is something I know is so important in the life of a believer, so I hate to admit it, but I struggle with it. Sheila's book was just what I needed. She gave practical, Biblically based ways to pray and to make prayer more deeply meaningful. By sharing her own challenges and triumphs she helps us see how prayer can be a vital part of our every day life. And she doesn't make prayer hard, but reminds us: "God is not looking for perfect words or perfect people. He just wants our hearts." And, "Prayer is simply talking with and listening to the One who is crazy in love with you."
This book is for everyone, not matter of they are a new Christian or have been following Jesus for many years. I highly recommend it!
Linda5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent Book for When You Don't Know What to Say When You PrayFebruary 7, 2020LindaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I always struggle with "what" to say when I pray. A lot of times it's just a conversation between God and myself as if we were sitting at the table having a coffee or tea. Prayer is so very powerful. I sometimes forget to pray when I'm in the middle of a struggle or just bad stuff being thrown at me and letting go of the past is something I really struggle with. Reading "Praying Women" has helped me a lot and reminded me that no matter what, I need to take it to God and let him handle it for me, for when I do, it's amazing what happens.
I strongly recommend reading "Praying Women" and keeping it close to remind yourself to always take it up in prayer.
Sheila doesn't disappoint and is very insightful and easy to understand.