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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 ...more
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Published February 4th 2020 by Baker Books
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Kav
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"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
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Ruth
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am extremely grateful for Sheila having written this book. So many times, I get lost in the day-to-day bustle and allow myself to be disappointed that I didnt carve out enough time for a specific, elaborate prayer session. She provides a prayer perspective that speaks to my heart. Its meaningful and personal, without a right way. She is raw in sharing her personal challenges and experiences. Throughout the book, its clear that she longs to serve the Lord, and is a vessel to other women wishing ...more
Lori Jorgensen
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Are you a praying woman? Do you want to be? Have you made a statement Im going to pray more! We all have been there and done that. Sheila helps you take the awkwardness out of prayer and just start. Thats were we all need to go - just start. There are no secrets, no methods, or sacred words you Have to use for prayer to work. You just talk/pray to God its kinda like your talking to your best friend because you Are talking to him!!! ...more
Julie Woodman
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When 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
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Michelle
Praying Women is a Christian Living book on prayer by author and speaker Sheila Walsh.

I wanted to read this book because I do struggle with my prayer life. Did this book meet my expectations? Yes, in this book the reader will find 10 insightful ways to pray. This book is not a fast read but Ill be returning to it time and time again.

I found it interesting to learn there are 613 laws laid out in the Old Testament. Which conveys to 365 donts and 248 dos. (which equals the number of days in a year
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Gina Fox
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is a call to action! I love Sheilas heart for prayer and her desire to see women rise up and develop into the prayer warriors God has created us to be! There are so many great takeaways from this book! On page 35, Sheila reminds us: But the truth is, God isnt looking for a holy place to meet with us. Because of Jesus, we are the holy place, and God is always waiting to meet with us, wherever we are. On page 160, she states, I wonder in those dark times if the breakthrough God is ...more
Tracye Goad
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelia's newest book on prayer simply put: powerful. She's reignited a passion for prayer in me that has been lacking power for so long. What a privilege it is to pray, instead of just a checkmark to start or end the day!

 "Because we are IN CHRIST and we pray IN HIS NAME, we pray with the authority of that name. If we could truly grasp the weight of the authority of the name of Christ not only would it change how we pray, but it would also change us. "

"Prayer is being with Christ, aligning
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Jules
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I enjoy Sheila Walsh's books both in book form and audiobook because it feels like she is just talking with me. This book on prayer is just what I've been wanting to read. I added more prayer to my desires this year. Using a prayer journal and studying about prayer has really been a big help to my prayer time, which was on the fly at best before, and my walk with God, and life in general! I recommend!
Laura
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Honest, real, and best of all: NORMAL. I loved this book. I highly recommend the audio. It's narrated by the author and she has the most charming Scottish accent. One I plan on reading again.
Danielle Hammelef
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Praying Women is a powerful book that has given me tools and the confidence to pray every day and pray often in my own words. Even if you have only recited prayers your entire life, the author helps her readers know why the words in prayer aren't the only part of prayer--prayer is so much more; prayer is being in the presence of God, prayer is asking for God's help, prayer is our weapon against Satan.

Some of my favorite quotes that impacted me, gave me those ah-ha moments:

"Prayer is the thing
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Jeanie
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
He (God) sat with me, comforted me, and welcomed me home to His heart because He had loved me all along (page 41). Do you want to be a praying woman? Most of us do; it is one of the ways to grow closer to the God who loves us. Sheila Walsh shares why so many of us are challenged with praying, covering my fears and hindrances well. She tells us how to grow beyond those challenges and how she has done so. Each chapter begins with a quote about prayer from a classic Christian author and a pertinent ...more
Debbie Chatley
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love this Jesus girl to Jesus girl book on being praying women. As I was reading this book, I felt like Sheila and I were sitting down for a cup of tea and just talking woman to woman. As usual, Sheila is very authentic and vulnerable about her life struggles with prayer, which makes her so relateable to me and others. Its so easy to look at others and think they have it all figured out. So it was refreshing to read this book and realize Sheila and others have the same struggles in pray. Each of ...more
Bethany
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
All Christians know the importance of prayer. Yet, this is an area that many of us struggle with. The tagline of this book is what really caught my attention: How to Pray When You Dont Know What to Say. How many times have we been there? We are hurting, lonely, miserable, scared, anxious, joyful, excited, or any other range of emotions, and we may not know how to express this to God. Do we use fancy prayers from books? Do we keep repeating the same requests over and over? Is there a right or ...more
Prairie Sky Book Reviews
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow, just wow. Sheila Walshs new book is one of the most powerful and impacting non-fiction books Ive read in a long time, and is about a subject that all Christian women can relate to: prayer. Praying Women: How to Pray When You Dont Know What to Say shares insightful reflection about the power of prayer, and how it truly is one of the most life-changing things we can do. At the same time, Sheila acknowledges (with deep understanding and compassion) the struggles and difficulties that also come ...more
Margaret Austin
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"Praying Women" is a book that resonates with all of us who have prayed, wanted to pray, tried to pray, or had difficulty praying. Elements of prayer that we have consciously or unconsciously dealt with are tended to in "Praying Women" with candor, truth, love, and sound theology. Sheila's Bible teaching comes through in each chapter. Her candor in personal revelation and understanding are presented kindly, compassionately, and with wisdom gained through experience.

There were several themes that
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Aminata Coote
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Praying Women offers ten steps for the woman who is struggling in her prayer life. You'll learn how to pray for a breakthrough, when God seems silent, when you want to give up, or when it's just hard to pray.

If you've ever studied the subject of prayer in the Bible you'll uncover much of the same information presented in this book. But it is presented through the life and experience who share some of the cultural and societal experiences you do.

Know God--before we can learn how to become praying
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Randi Sampson
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 ...more
Dawnielle
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
How to Pray When You Dont Know What to Say

Sheila Walsh, in her newest book, Praying Women :How To Pray When You Dont Know What to Say . guides the reader along a path of developing a deeper richer connection with God through pray, even when you dont know what to say.
I love the way Sheila begins in the introduction sharing about her own confusion and struggles with prayer and shares examples from her life. Sheila lets us know that we are not alone and not the only one who struggles with praying.
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Misty Johnson
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Reading Sheila Walsh is like having a conversation with an old friend. Shes real. Shes personal. Which is exactly how God wants our prayer life to be.

Loving God is not about religion but relationship. Prayer is not about the right words; its about the right heart.

In Sheila Walshs latest book, Praying Women, she helps us understand that prayer is not just something we do but it encompasses who we are. It is not our last resort, but it is our greatest weapon and our greatest comfort.

I have been
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Mechthild
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An answer when you don't know what to say in your prayer
Best-selling author Sheila Walsh wants to give an answer to the question: "Do you ever find it hard to pray and don't know what to say?" in her newest book "Praying Women. How to Pray When You Don't Know What to Say", published by Baker Books. She divided the book into ten chapters: 1) Pray When You Don't Know What to Say, 2) Pray Because God is Waiting for You, 3) Pray ... and Don't Give Up, 4) Pray Hardest When It's Hardest to Pray, 5)
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Sarah Poling
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: launch
I still remember Shelia Walsh concerts as a teen. But as an adult, I have come to love and appreciate her writing and Bible teaching. It's hard to find authors who value the Word of God and who center their writing around the teaching of the Bible, and who teach the Word effectively, integrating it into the principles or strategies the author has learned, with real life stories, humor, and personal application.

Shelia Walsh also wins for being super practical and real.

From thinking about the
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Mary
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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MaryAnn Bell
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Prayer is one of the most powerful, life-changing things we will ever do. 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
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Emily P
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I truly enjoyed this book from Sheila Walsh, author, TV host and all-around encourager. "Praying Women" is a book that would be good for any age--she also writes in a way that is inclusive and inviting.

If you've ever felt like it was too hard to pray or if you're not sure what to pray or even how to pray, this book is for you. Walsh explores many of the hindrances that hold women back from truly seeking God in a personal, relational way. Within the chapters of the book, Walsh shares her
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Lisa Chin
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book about prayer by Sheila Walsh. She writes in a very honest , conversational style . You feel as if you are sitting with her talking about prayer. She starts sharing about when she became involved in prayer. Do you remember when you first prayed? Whatever your challenge is, if you are just learning how to pray or have been praying for a long time this book is for you. One of her quotes is "God is not looking for perfect words or perfect people . He just wants our hearts. " She ...more
Brenda Galliher
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ever wonder what a true revival would look like? In this book Sheila believes that women who pray together would be a force to be reckoned with and can bring about a revival in our land like its never experienced before. But, what if prayer is too hard? Too boring? Too stressful? Too time consuming? Too intimidating? Too ___________? With Sheilas wit, humor, real life experiences and frustrations of her own, she walks you through practical ways to pray, teaches you the importance of prayer and ...more
Jennifer
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an early copy of Sheila Walsh's Praying Women and have been reading/studying it for the last week. I love Sheila's honesty and transparency in her writing. I've read a few of her books and her style is engaging, challenging, and comforting all at the same time. This book, as the title suggests, deals with prayer. She honestly confronts the reasons she has struggled with prayer. And those reasons resonated with me. I have felt them all at one time or another. At the end of each chapter ...more
Tammy
Jan 16, 2020 added it
Prayer has been the most important part of my day and the most neglected part of my day in different times of my life. Lately I have made it a priority so I can continue to grow in my walk with God.

In her book "Praying Women" Sheila brought prayer to life in ways I had not seen before. I have always known that prayer is conversation with God. I have also prayed certain scripture verses before. But Sheila opened my eyes to a deeper and simpler way to pray. She not only defines prayer, but
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Sara Karr
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sheila Walsh admits that prayer was a challenge for her throughout her life. Praying Women" is a book that resonates with all of us who have prayed, wanted to pray, tried to pray, or had difficulty praying

The book is founded out of three years of her own personal study of prayer and is not as much a how to pray, but as a mindset for prayer based on the examples from the Word and the historical events and people we can learn from, as well as modern day women's experiences.

If you've ever felt like
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Jeanine LeDuc-Miller
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Sheila Walsh (05-07-1956) is a powerful communicator, Bible teacher, and best-selling author with more than 4 million books sold. A featured speaker with Women of Faith®, Sheila has reached more than 3.5 million women by artistically combining honesty, vulnerability, and humor with God's Word.

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