A couple of weeks ago I introduced you to Shannon Hale and the back story behind her new book, ‘How to Pray When You Can’t Sit Still’. Tonight I wanted to take a little bit of your time to talk more about the book itself and what it means to me.

Shannon went on a journey to discover a deeper way to pray and, delightfully, she took notes. Now we get to experience her discoveries and challenge ourselves to experience our conversations with God more deeply.

While Shannon’s story includes the challenges of living with a family member dealing with ADHD – the book is for everyone. Who among us is not driven to distraction by the millions of pings, notifications, screams, tugs, and deadlines that make up a typical modern day? The inability to settle and focus during prayer time is a near universal ailment.

What I love about ‘How to Pray When You Can’t Sit Still’ are the ideas and suggestions – from a designated prayer spot, to fasting, to retreats, physical postures, and creativity – there are many ideas on how you can take your prayer life to the next level. So not only do you feel like Shannon ‘gets’ you where you are – you are relieved to find she is willing to show you the various paths there are to get somewhere else, somewhere better.

In ‘How to Pray When You Can’t Sit Still’, Shannon takes a look at five specific people from the bible and delves into some of their key characteristics and challenges:

Abraham, strong in faith but weak in trust.
Nehemiah, overwhelmed by his administrative duties.
Elijah, burned-out from doing God’s work.
Mary, misunderstood and overlooked.
And King David, harshly judged by those closest to him.

Looking at each of them through the lense of learning about, and improving, our prayer life is a new way of looking at these historical figures. Considering the challenges that they faced in their lives and how the dealt with those in the context of a deep and loving relationship with God is a very eye opening journey.

I most resonated with Elijah – burned out and worn out – I have been craving a retreat for years! Shannon offers some practical advise on how to get the most out of a retreat – whether you do it with your spouse, alone, or with a group of friends.

While I most clearly related to the chapters on Elijah – every chapter offered advice I will keep with me and, more importantly, apply! I love the idea of praying through your regular activities during the day – making my family breakfast can be a prayer if done with a right spirit.

For under $5 you can get a copy for your Kindle or Nook – just click the links below:

Barnes & Noble Nook

Amazon Kindle

Or you can get a PDF version for under $3, to download to your computer and print: PDF Version

And finally please go visit Shannon’s awesome blog – she has a online bible study running now using the book – it is fantastic!
Distracted by Prayer

You can subscribe to her blog and get all her new posts via email. As a matter of fact, you can do that here too!

So leave us a note on ways that you have found make your prayer time more meaningful – Thank you!


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