Friday, March 06, 2020

Book Review: Praying Women, by Sheila Walsh

Yay! Time for a new book review!

A few years ago, I reviewed Sheila Walsh's inspiring It's Okay Not To Be Okay. I loved it, so I was super excited when offered the chance to review Praying Women.

First let me say this: 
If you're a notetaker, 
you'll want to read this book with your pencil!

Even though I occasionally read an e-book, I'll always have mad love for proper paper books. My copy of Praying Women is completely marked up. Pages are turned down, passages underlined, and notes in the margins. It's not a journal, but my copy kind of became one.

The images in this post are just a few of many provided to me as a review resource, but seriously - it was tempting to skip the review and just post quotes from the book. So many wonderful thoughts!

Praying Women in organized into ten chapters, each exploring a different challenge to prayer, such as:

  • Pray When You Don't Know What To Say
  • Pray Hardest When It's Hardest To Pray
  • Pray When God Seems Silent
  • Pray When You Need a Breakthrough

And perhaps my favourite chapter in the book:

  • Pray with the Power of the Word of God - an inspiring dive into the Psalms, and literally praying Scripture directly back to God. This chapter alone is worth the price of admission!

Sheila is honest about her own story and struggle, but never makes it "all about her." Her stories share her heart and her sensitivity to the pain of others, all of which create a great feeling of trust between writer and reader.

Each chapter is also supported by Scripture, meaningful quotes, and Sheila's own wonderful thinking. Her writing is focused and thoughtful, with lots of practical ideas for enhancing and strengthening your prayer life.

At end of each chapter, you'll find a 3-point summary, as well as a prayer for that particular chapter's focus. I can see these prayers being particularly special to people, and heavily bookmarked for future use.

If you're a fan of free bonus content (and who isn't??), Sheila offers lots of resources on her site, including a Bible study and videos.
You can find it all here:

So much of Praying Women resonated with me personally,
and I can already feel it making a difference in my prayer life.
I hope this book is a blessing for you, too!

Have you read Praying Women?

If so, please leave your thoughts in the Comments...

I love reviewing books, but every once in a while, I get to review a movie!
Stay tuned to the blog for my review of Jeremy Camp's story:
I Still Believe
Coming next week...

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.


M.Christine Duncan said...

Love your review! We truly are #bookkindreds :)

Allison Lynn said...

Thank you! I love that we're #bookkindreds :) That's now my new favourite phrase!!