We know we can talk to God, but it just sounds so important, so intimidating, so religious. We assume that only the very spiritual hear from Him directly. But author Sheila Walsh says Every sound we utter, every thank you we say, every tear we cry in God's presence is prayer.
Get Off Your Knees and Pray is a real womans guide to real prayerfrom understanding the biblical basis for prayer to cultivating a vital personal relationship with God. It is the perfect blend of practical advice, personal stories, and biblical truth to encourage and help you achieve greater intimacy with God through prayer. Prayer is not just a few sentences we say to God while on our knees. It is living out our ongoing, every-moment commitment to God.
Sheila steers us away from prayer as formula (say the right things the right way and God responds) and toward prayer as picturea picture of Gods desired relationship. Talking. Listening. Trusting. Living. This volume, warm and witty like its author deserves a spot on every reading calendar.
Max Lucado, best-selling author and minister
No matter what kind of difficulty you have about prayer, this book will
help. Sheila has experienced all of them, and she will take you through them
to where God has taken her: straight into His very real and accepting
Dr. Henry Cloud, speaker and coauthor of Boundaries
Walsh, former cohost of The 700 Club and current Women of Faith speaker, writes specifically to Christian women on prayer, but rarely digs deeply into the meat of the Bible for lasting insight. Statements such as The discipline of prayer offers no easy solutions for the wounds and worries of life, and it often goes without physical sensation beg for deeper study and scriptural support. Yet the book has a few fine-tasting morsels. In her chapter on why God says no, Walsh makes the intriguing observation: Confronting God with our why becomes being with God in our need. The book is divided into four parts--path, problem, plan and purpose--with chapters addressing questions such as Is God angry with me? and Can I ask for anything if I have enough faith? Walsh is candid about her struggle with depression and her wrestlings with prayer, yet that openness doesn't translate into much real protein. Readers may come away hungry for something beyond bland statements such as All God looks for is a desire to begin moving in the right direction, and he will be there. It's certainly time for a hearty book on prayer specifically for Christian women, but this isn't it. (Feb.)
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February 04, 2008
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