Sunday, March 1, 2020

Praying Women: How to Pray When You Don't Know What to Say by Sheila Walsh {A Book Review}

**I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for consideration. All thoughts are 100% my own. 

Do you ever find it hard to pray and don't know what to say? Prayer is one of the most powerful, life-changing things we will ever do, and yet we often struggle. It's hard to find the time. It's repetitive, we get distracted and sometimes even bored. And the answers often feel few and far between. The good news? There is a simple, powerful way to reignite your conversation with God.

In Praying Women, bestselling author Sheila Walsh shares practical helps directly from God's Word, showing you how to

- know what to say when you pray
- understand how to use prayer as a weapon when you are in the midst of a struggle
- pray as joy-filled warriors, not anxious worriers
- let go of the past and stand on God's promises for you now

Prayer changes you and it changes the world. You may have tried before, but if you're ready to start again in your relationship with God, let Sheila Walsh show you how to become a strong praying woman.

Sheila Walsh is a powerful communicator, Bible teacher, and bestselling author with more than 5 million books sold. She is the author of It's Okay Not to Be Okay and the award-winning Gigi, God's Little Princess. She is cohost of Life Today with James and Betty Robison, with more than 100 million viewers. Walsh is a popular speaker and Bible teacher around the world. She lives in Dallas, Texas, with her husband, Barry, their son, Christian, and their two pups, Tink and Maggie.

If you asked a room full of Christian women what area in their Christian walk they would most like to improve upon, I have a feeling you would hear one common theme over and over again: prayer. Be it praying more, praying more purposefully, praying more directly... whatever the exact struggles may be it is an area that so many of us struggle with and want to improve upon. It is such an important part of our Christian lives, and yet that so many of us feel insecure about. I am certainly in that group too... so often feeling like I simply don't know what to say or where to begin. For this reason, it was this book's tagline that really drew me to it: ' How to pray when you don't know what to say'. Oh yes, this was clearly a book that my tongue tied self so very much needed to add to my collection.

When it comes to reading Christian nonfiction regardless of the topic, one thing that I find is that I get more out of those books that don't feel like I am being preached at. Listen, there's nothing wrong with a good sermon... but I don't want to be told over and over again how I am doing it wrong. I tell myself that enough already. I am certain that I am not alone in this, and this is likely why Sheila Walsh is such a loved voice in the genre. She is open and honest and admits the areas in which she struggles too. It's more like sitting down for a conversation with a friend than being told what to do... there's something very relate-able about that. It's also very refreshing to know that even someone who we see as a strong Christian woman still has those same struggles. The feeling that we don't measure up can be really disheartening and negatively impact our views as ourselves as Christians, so I certainly see this as a plus.

Whether you are a new Christian uncertain of how to really begin praying or a seasoned Christian who wants to improve their prayer life, this is a good read to consider.


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