Review: Praying Upside Down (Kelly O’Dell Stanley)

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Disclaimer: This ebook was provided by the publisher for review purposes, but all opinions are my own.

I have to say it: This book is a must-read for all Christians, whether new, veteran or somewhere in the middle. Stanley has an effective manner in teaching how to achieve the goal of a prayer life that is truly alive.

The lessons in her book are presented along with art terms and concepts, which I found interesting partly because I grew up with an artist-parent as well (though it was my mum rather than dad, as Stanley experienced). Even if you aren’t familiar with art, however, you can learn valuable insights into developing a dynamic prayer life.

I appreciated the way Stanley approached this important aspect of Christian living, and I will go back again and again to put into practice the tips given at the ends of the chapters, ways to live out the concepts described.

Book description: When you talk to God, do you ever wonder if He really hears? Do your prayers start to feel rote or routine? Do you sometimes feel you don’t even know how to pray? Jesus is known for turning situations upside down . . . and He can do the same in your prayer life.

Your perspective on prayer and faith may never be the same again when you read artist and designer Kelly O’Dell Stanley’s delightfully accessible, innovative new book Praying Upside Down. Stanley uses imagery, simple techniques, and artwork to help you see God like never before and move your prayer life away from the preconceived and expected to a new level of intimacy. Praying Upside Down offers a fresh chance to learn something new, hear an answer you didn’t anticipate, and experience God in a more real, tangible way.

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