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Anything by Jennie Allen (@JennieAllen)

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Anything: The Prayer That Unlocked My God and My Soul by Jennie Allen My rating: 5 of 5 stars Author Jennie Allen was doing all the right things as a Christian, but she couldn’t escape the feeling that there was more to it than what she was experiencing. We’ve boiled God down to principles to live by, but it seemed joyless, lifeless. She and her husband reached a point where they sincerely prayed, “Lord, we are willing to do anything.” They surrendered all they had to God and started listening for what He wanted them to do next. Sometimes this led to big adventurous steps like adopting a boy from Africa, but most of the time it involved simple acts of love like taking a meal to a sick family or listening to a hurting friend. She described her remarkable shift in perspective in very normal terms: “What we once did in order to ‘matter’ or to ‘be seen’ we forgot all about. We matter and...

Pray, Write, Grow by Ed Cyzewski

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Pray, Write, Grow Cultivating Prayer and Writing Together Ed Cyzewski 2015 94 pages   Pray, Write, Grow is a quick and easy read, but there are some gems worth finding in its pages. The premise is that writing and praying involve the same skills, disciplines, and topics so they should be cultivated in tandem to get the most out of them both. For instance, it takes discipline to make time to write, just as it takes discipline to make time to pray. Ed Cyzewski writes, “For those who feel stuck in either writing or prayer, there’s one way to move forward: if you want to grow in prayer and writing, you have to dig into your deepest pain and struggles.” The author encourages us to examine our lives because the points of pain we find are material for both prayer and writing. Plus, both prayer and writing can work together to help heal our pain. And those are the very points at which readers...

Praying in Color by Sybil MacBeth

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Praying in Color Drawing a New Path to God Sybil MacBeth 2013 100 pages     I was immediately drawn to the title, Praying In Color. What a curious and vivid image! I had to know more because I’m an advocate for engaging God with both sides of your brain. Silent prayer can be a challenge for anyone, but even more so if you are a visual person stimulated by color and design or a kinesthetic person who needs to keep your hands busy to keep your mind focused. This is the need solved by Praying In Color. The idea is to doodle while you pray—and the doodling itself can be a wordless prayer....

4 Keys to Hearing God’s Voice by Mark and Patti Virkler (@MarkVirkler)

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4 Keys to Hearing God’s Voice Mark & Patti Virkler 2010 310 pages Available from Amazon in paperback or Kindle editions. Available from Christianbook.com in paperback or ePub. I read the print edition.     Years ago I began writing letters to God and receiving answers from God through journaling. This process helped me learn to hear and recognize the voice of God without the aid of writing. But eventually, I encountered Christians who insisted that God doesn’t speak today and that if I was hearing God’s voice, I needed to see a psychiatrist. Well, when enough people made comments like that, I began to fear I had fallen into heresy or something so I backed away from the practice. That sent me on the slippery slope of backsliding and the voice of God became a distant memory. I no longer had access to the God who loved me, encouraged me, and guided me through the...

Wonderstruck by Margaret Feinberg (@mafeinberg)

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Wonderstruck: Awaken to the Nearness of God Margaret Feinberg (@mafeinberg) 2012 205 pages Available from Amazon in paperback or Kindle editions. Available from Christianbook.com in paperback or ePub. I read the Kindle edition.   Thankfulness is the acknowledgment that God can redeem every situation and make us more than triumphant in any circumstance. –Margaret Feinberg, Wonderstruck, quote from .009: “Miracle on the Runway.”   I’ve followed Margaret Feinberg on Twitter for years so I’m embarrassed to admit I just read one of her books for the first time. Wonderstruck is a delightful read in an easy narrative style. Spiritual insights are not tagged on like ornaments, but rather as inevitable conclusions drawn from personal experience—an experience the reader now shares. For example, after becoming newly acquainted with the tradition of Lent, she felt a desire to give it a try...