July 6, 2011

PrayerWalk by Janet Holm McHenry

It's no surprise that many Christian women have exercise and prayer at the top of their list for New Year's resolutions.  McHenry speaks to those desires by encouraging women to consider prayer-walking, where women spend time with God while also getting physical exercise.  With so many people being short on time, but neglecting these two important things, her idea makes a lot of sense.  This is one of those rare exceptions when multi-tasking is a good thing!

McHenry is very open about her own spiritual journey and experience with depression, which makes her very relatable.  She offers excellent suggestions on things to pray for, such as one's neighborhood, to help women who are feeling "stuck" in their prayer life.  By simply being `aware', she states that people will begin to see things to pray for on their own.  She briefly touches on spiritual warfare and acknowledges it as real, but warns the reader to not use it as an excuse. 

Her book is detailed about the exercise part, with recommendations for picking out shoes to how long people should walk.  Women are already active can skim over these sections, but those getting started on a exercise program will appreciate these suggestions.

Regardless of how strapped for time we are in our busy lives, we will find a way to make time for God if He is a priority.  Taking care of our physical health at the same time is a great way to meet goals of being more consistent with both prayer and exercise.

Disclaimer:  I received this book for free from Blogging for Books.

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