PrayerWalk: Becoming a Woman of Prayer, Strength, and Discipline [NOOK Book]


Challenge your body.   Feed your spirit.   Change the world.

Ask any Christian woman about her most recent New Year’s resolutions, and you’ll likely find that “exercise regularly” and “pray more” were at the top of her list. We all long to look and feel our best, to live actively and healthfully. More than that, we desire to connect intimately with our God. Yet physical health and spiritual growth often take a backseat to ...

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Challenge your body.   Feed your spirit.   Change the world.

Ask any Christian woman about her most recent New Year’s resolutions, and you’ll likely find that “exercise regularly” and “pray more” were at the top of her list. We all long to look and feel our best, to live actively and healthfully. More than that, we desire to connect intimately with our God. Yet physical health and spiritual growth often take a backseat to the urgent demands of grocery shopping and bill paying, time with family and friends, and long hours at the office.
It’s Time to Exercise Your Prayer Life.
Three years ago, author Janet Holm McHenry suffered from depression, weight gain, and exhaustion. Then she began a prayerwalk routine that not only transformed her life but also profoundly impacted the lives of those around her.
Learn how you, too, can set out on a journey to increased energy, better health, and greater joy—and experience a rich, full prayer ministry that will have a lasting impact on your loved ones and community—in PrayerWalk.
 “Prayerwalking makes so much sense, you’ll wonder why you haven’t been doing it all your life!” —Heather and David Kopp, coauthors of the Praying the Bible series
“Honest, humorous, and insightful, PrayerWalk will encourage your heart.”
—Linda Dillow, author of Intimate Issues

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PrayerWalk will start a revolution! If you apply the principles of this book, you will not only discover miraculous answers to your prayers, you will also streamline your waistline and benefit emotionally!

I first began prayerwalking when I moved to California. I had no friends, and I found myself walking alone on the beach, talking to the Lord. Today my friends (I met my Christian friends as a direct answer to one of the prayers prayed while prayerwalking!) and I zip down the beach path, praying together, praising God, petitioning him for our needs, speaking his Word, praying for others, and thanking him. Like Janet, we have been awed as we have seen the results of our prayers and discovered God’s answers to these prayers as well as the benefits of being outdoors in  God’s beautiful world—improved physical and mental health.”
—SUSAN WALES, author of A Match Made in Heaven and Social Graces

“Based on personal experience and not just on theory, PrayerWalk offers readers practical insights on how to get up, get moving, and get praying. The results can be life changing.”
—ROBIN JONES GUNN, best-selling author of the Glenbrooke series

“Once in a while a book comes along that you just know is the book for ‘such a time as this.’ PrayerWalk is one of those. With depth and delight, Janet McHenry shares her adventures in prayerwalking, unveiling her struggles as well as her successes. Praying people everywhere will love this book and be changed by it. Those new at prayer will find it an invaluable resource. I highly recommend it!”
—TRICIA MCCARY RHODES, best-selling author of Contemplating the Cross

“Janet Holm McHenry brings the needs of mind, body, and spirit together in this wonderfully practical and encouraging book. Prayerwalking makes so much sense you’ll wonder why you haven’t been doing it all your life! A sincere, warm-hearted, and down-to-earth book, PrayerWalk is guaranteed to motivate and inspire.”
—HEATHER (The Dieter’s Prayerbook) AND DAVID KOPP, coauthors of the Praying the Bible series and Praying for the World’s 365 Most Influential People

“Already a ‘holy hiker,’ I hoped PrayerWalk would offer new insights and hope to help me achieve greater  consistency in prayer and exercise. I was not disappointed. Honest, humorous, and insightful, PrayerWalk will encourage your heart and help your hips!”
—LINDA DILLOW, author of Intimate Issues and Calm My Anxious Heart

“Men as well as women should read PrayerWalk because it contains great teaching on prayer as well as physical fitness. If you long for spiritual and physical fitness, this is the book you should read. Practical and real, PrayerWalk shows you what to do and why and has lots of encouraging stories and practical tips for how to make prayerwalking a lifestyle.”
—ROGER C. PALMS, author of An Unexpected Hope and Enjoying the Closeness of God

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307553355
  • Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/19/2009
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 609,000
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Janet Holm McHenry is the author of hundreds of articles and thirteen books, including the Golden Rule Duo series and the Annie Shepard Mysteries. Janet—a high-school English, journalism, and creative writing teacher—has been prayerwalking for several years and is the leader of a local prayerwalk ministry.

From the Trade Paperback edition.
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If I Can Do It, You Can Do It

Oh, that d word: discipline. I’ve never liked it, personally. We have met on occasion—with diets, short runs on exercise programs, and a prayer journal attempt or two. But life interfered with our acquaintance, and routines always fell by the wayside. Discipline implied torture, restriction, sameness. I mean, remember piano scales? Up and down, up and down. You never got anywhere, it appeared to me. Discipline simply stifled my spontaneity. Why, if I were committed to various routines of discipline, I couldn’t visit a friend or take my daughter shopping or watch the ducks flying the wrong way.

I Was a Mess

Just two years ago I was falling apart. I bit my fingernails to their nubs with worry about finances (we had two kids in college). My weight was taxing my back, and my knees were giving way as I walked down stairs. I was force-feeding my soul with a few daily devotionals, but my prayer life was about zilch. Each night I gulped down a couple of St. John’s Wort tablets to combat depression. I ate too much, I was tired all the time, and I felt as if I were a few days behind on every list of my life—from my load of essays at school to my laundry at home. I was an undisciplined mess.

I knew what I needed. I needed to exercise to get my strength back again. Could I exercise in the morning? I didn’t really have time—I usually shut off the alarm around six each morning, exhausted, and turned over for an extra half-hour of rest, then rushed through my morning routine and headed to school an hour later. How could I give up even more sleep for exercise? With kids’ sports schedules and lessons, faculty meetings, and few consistent baby-sitters, regular exercise after I taught school all day was impossible. There had been spells in my life when I was more active—aerobics and weightlifting classes, swimming laps at the pool. But classes always end, and our community pool is only open during the summer months. Besides, I didn’t want to leave my kids once I was home from work.

I also needed to pray—at length—to give over the worries of my life to God. A book I read many years ago that still pierces me is Could You Not Tarry One Hour? by Larry Lea. Tarry an hour? It seemed like a Grand Canyon leap of time in my going-going-gone schedule. However, seeking God, interceding for others, and staying in his presence were becoming the deepest desires of my heart. I truly wanted to strengthen my relationship with the Lord of the universe by spending more alone time with him—without the phone ringing, without the kids interrupting, without the washing machine calling my name.

I’ve read over thirty books on prayer. Every single one recommends praying in the early morning hours. I had tried that over the years—getting up earlier than the family and creating my own prayer closet of sorts. Minutes into the routine, my head was usually flopping. You have probably guessed that I’m not a morning person. Actually, I’m not a night person either. I tell my high school students that most days I have one good hour—lunch hour (which is really only forty minutes for me)—and that afterward I’m ready for a nap. It’s true!

However, I did stick to an early morning routine once. I thought of praying while I exercised, and for several months I
propped my Bible on my NordicTrack and prayed through the Bible in the wee hours. That actually worked until my knees began to trouble me. Then the routine and I went our separate ways. My NordicTrack is now a great clothesline and keeps watch (wash?) in my office over my usually messy desk.

Two in One

I needed a workable plan, a resolution. I believe in New Year’s resolutions, but my new year starts in September, when I return to teaching. All summer long I sleep a little later and mosey through my household chores and writing tasks. It’s a leisurely pace. When school starts, I begin living by ringing bells again, so it makes sense to make my resolutions then.

When Labor Day passed that year, I felt pulled to become the woman of discipline I had never been. My past history could not have been a solid résumé for my success: Every day of my life seemingly had begun a new diet or a new exercise routine or a new prayer practice. Somehow my resolve that Sunday night in September felt different. I would do it this time. I would get up an hour earlier and tarry with God. Well, maybe tarry was not quite the right word because I had decided to spend my hour prayerwalking. I would walk for an hour, praying at the same time—meeting two sincere desires of my heart with one activity.

I loved the idea of doing two things at once. As a working mom, I always make multitasking a personal objective. Every morning I read the newspaper literally upside down as I lean over and blow dry my hair. I open my mail on the way home from the post office. I grade papers while listening to my daughter read at night. Although I may not be a model of organization, I love efficiency! Prayerwalking seemed a perfect solution to the two largest missing links in my life.

I had never before considered walking alone in the dark, early morning hours. The problem isn’t that it’s unsafe. In our town of just over a thousand people in a mountain valley in California, many not only leave their homes unlocked but keep their car keys in their ignitions. No, I’d not considered walking on Main Street because it didn’t have sidewalks and because huge logging trucks sweep through on their way to the lumber mill. However, a few days before I made my resolution, brand-new sidewalks sculpted of brick and cement and brand-new lighting made our few blocks of downtown look like a fairy tale town. Elsewhere people walk in their local mall before opening hours. We have no mall in our town, but I decided that our half-dozen blocks of twinkly-lit Main Street would be my mall—my prayerwalking course.

Beating “The List”

At 5:20 the next morning I woke up moments before the alarm, turned it off, and rolled over. The List began speaking to me. “You’re too tired; give yourself a few more minutes in bed.” “It’s probably too cold; why don’t you walk this afternoon when the sun is out?” “Remember all those dogs? They’re waiting for you!” “Bogeymen hide in the bushes!” “Your knee hurts; you’d better wait until you’re in better shape.” The List battered me for a few minutes until I remembered: I had not only made a physical-fitness resolution; I had also made a spiritual-fitness resolution.

Right then I realized that discipline involved another d word: decision. I could decide to be disciplined. I soon discovered that the decision to become disciplined had to be made daily (yet another d word.). Every single day I prayerwalked would be another decision, another step, toward discipline. That first day was no easier, no harder than any other. It was just a decision: Would I be a disciplined woman, for my own benefit, for the benefit of my family,
and for the glory of God? I could not fix the physical and emotional pains of my life, but I could decide to meet God each morning while I walked.

After all, he wanted to be my Personal Trainer for becoming a woman of prayer, strength, and discipline. Some people have walking buddies. Others, like Oprah, pay someone to cheer them through a workout. I knew that in this new calling, prayerwalking, the Lord would be waiting at 5:30 on the front steps of my house, ready to hear my praise and petitions and to guide my steps—not only for the next hour but for the whole day ahead. How could I stay in bed when God was waiting for me? I got up! The first victory was won!

During my first months of prayerwalking I was too afraid I’d wimp out and jump back into bed if I undressed, so I pulled on lined nylon pants and a heavy sweatshirt right over my pajamas. As it grew colder, I added a coat, a double-layered knit hat, a woolen scarf, and gloves. Frost is our mountain manna about nine months of the year, and I’ve never liked being cold. I look pretty funny when I walk, but it’s no fashion show at that hour, and I stay warm. Yes, it took a friend of mine several months to realize it was I walking early in the morning—he thought I was a guy with all the heavy clothes on.

I started out slowly. Although my enthusiasm was high, I knew that if I overdid my first days, I could risk injury and discouragement. I strolled down Main Street, then picked up the pace a bit. That first day I walked a mile and a half in a half-hour. I increased the distance over the next weeks until I was consistently walking three miles in an hour. (Now I walk five miles in less than an hour and a half—fives times a week.)


I had thought that I’d be alone with God that early morning hour. At first I devoted the entire hour to prayers for my husband, Craig, and for our four children, Rebekah and Justin, both away at college, and Joshua and Bethany, who are still at home. But one morning a couple of weeks into my prayerwalking changed all that. As I approached Toddler Towers, our local day-care center, two cars drove up from opposite directions and parked, almost in sync. In one I recognized my friend Cheryl, ready to open the home-awayfrom-home for a couple dozen little ones. Emerging from the other, a young father swept up his curly-haired little girl, still in jammies and holding her blankie, and handed his sleepy package to Cheryl. I was okay until the bundle said, “Bye, Daddy. Love you.” When I heard those words, the immenseness of my prayer job hit me. My prayerwalk was not just for my family and myself, but also for the many others I would encounter on Main Street. I began to cry—bawl is a better word. I cried and prayed for all the little children and their mommies and daddies, as well as the day-care workers who would mother and teach the children that day.

On subsequent days my Personal Trainer opened my eyes to other needs along my path, and I added new prayers. As I passed my church, just a half-block off Main Street, I prayed for our board members, who were desperately seeking direction. I prayed for the other two churches in town, which had their own struggles. I prayed for the owners of the businesses I passed each day, the principals and teachers at our three schools, the commuters leaving early for hour-away Reno, and the men heading for the day shift at the lumber mill. I added the city council members and the county supervisors and other government workers. Soon I discovered a sober truth: I didn’t have enough time to pray for all the needs.

The experience was not only sobering but had another effect. One morning about two months after I began  prayerwalking, my younger son, Joshua, then thirteen, came into the kitchen and said, “What are you doing, Mom?”

I looked down at the counter and back at him. Maybe he didn’t have his contacts in. “Making peanut butter sandwiches?”

“No, Mom,” he said accusingly, “you were singing.” He walked away, shaking his head.

He was right. I was singing. I, the one whose usual morning words were only Get up…I said get up…Get up or you’ll be late— and other variations on the same theme—was singing. God had been filling my soul while I prayerwalked, and I couldn’t hold it in anymore. It occurred to me that my entire countenance—in fact, my entire outlook on life—had changed. Prayerwalking an hour each weekday had transformed my life—in just a couple of short months.

On an ordinary morning I made the decision to prayerwalk.

On an ordinary morning you could do the same and thus change your life in similarly dramatic ways. Walk with me. Walk with me over city streets, small town paths, and country roads. Let me show you how one daily decision can make a difference for our world. Walk with me through joys and sorrows, through hopes and fears, through laughter and tears. Let me show you how talking with God each day will be better than extra sleep. Decide to seek a healthier lifestyle, and let me prove that “discipline” can actually feel good. Join me and our Personal Trainer…and prayerwalk your way to physical and spiritual strength.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Introduction 1
Part I Becoming a Woman of Strength and Discipline
1. If I Can Do It, You Can Do It 5
2. Spiritual Endorphins 13
3. Making Time 25
4. Why Walk? 41
5. Reducing Aches and Pains 53
6. PrayerWalk Partners 69
Part 2 Becoming a Woman of Prayer
7. Prayer Tips from My Personal Trainer 83
8. "Great Is Thy Faithfulness" 97
9. Take a Walk with Me 109
10. Eyes Wide Open 125
11. A Sacrifice of Tears 143
12. Faces of Answered Prayer 155
Study Guide 169
Resources on Walking 185
Notes 189
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2012

    Thanks Blogging for Books!

    PrayerWalk: Becoming a Woman of Prayer, Strength, and Discipline

    I can't say I've put the advice in this book to practice, but someday I hope to. Janet Holm McHenry has written a much-loved book about walking with purpose – finding and making time to exercise our bodies and prayer life. Her advice is easy – just pray while you walk! (Advice is usually easier said than done!).

    I am due in about a week and hope to use these principles and practices while walking our newborn. Prayer has always been a difficult practice for me to form a habit of, but I hope Janet's advice will help. It can't hurt!

    Thank you Blogging for Books for this free book!

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  • Posted October 6, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Good book on prayer, whether you walk or not

    Originally published in 2001, this edition is the 10th-anniversary edition with some updates, which add to the book. The premise is simple - pray while you walk. McHenry gives lots of tips on ways to make that happen and happen effectively. Much of the book is inspirational, not a boring jumble of facts about walking. I may not start prayerwalking myself until I conquer some of my arthritis issues, but just the words on prayer are motivational enough. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to have a stronger prayer life.

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  • Posted September 2, 2011

    Must read for all seeking a great prayer experience!

    The concept of prayerwalking is easy - praying as you walk for at least one hour, five days a week. The author gives a deeper explanation of prayer (that I absolutely LOVED),"spending time with God in adoration and intercession..." If you think that this amount of prayerwalking is unattainable, the author suggests making time. As a wife, mom of four extracurricular-active children, part-time writer, and Sunday school teacher, McHenry knows how far your schedule can be stretched but still made the time to prayerwalk. With prayerwalking, you also need strength and discipline. The author shows you how to attain it through her experiences and scripture.

    This 10th Anniversary Edition now includes a thirty-day prayer and fitness challenge, a guide to organizing a community prayerwalk, and a Bible study and discussion guide.

    This is a great book to read individually or in a group. I found prayerwalking very calming - helping to reduce my anxiety and gain clarity. Due to health reasons (and this Georgia heat) I had to take it easier. I plan to begin prayerwalking again when the cooler weather comes this fall. I highly recommend this book!

    Disclosure: I was provided a copy of this book without charge by the publisher to review. No other compensation was

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  • Posted August 2, 2011

    Great book on walking and praying

    Lately, I've been taking advantage of the summer by taking more walks. I'm on a bit of a health kick and am trying to shed a pound or two(or 5 or 6). When I'm walking, I always seem to feel more close to God. I love to look at the sky the clouds, the flowers. All of the sights and sounds just bring me closer to Him.
    So when I heard of a book called PrayerWalk by Janet Holm McHenry, I knew it would be something I would love to read.
    In this book, Janet shares her own personal story of how she started paryerwalking. She encourages readers to make time to meet God through prayerwalking. And since we live in such a troubled world, there is no shortage of things to pray about.
    She gives a few ideas on how you can make time for prayer walking-

    *Go to bed sooner and wake up earlier
    *Prayerwalk to work instead of driving or taking the bus
    *PrayerWalk during your lunch break

    The author also gives some compelling physical reasons for walking-

    *Walking reduces the risk of dying prematurely from Heart Disease
    *It reduces the risk of developing diabetes
    *it reduces the risk of breast Cancer
    *It also combats obesity

    The book also has sections that give examples of stretches to do before you walk, gives you prayer targets and topic ideas.

    My thoughts:

    I think this is a good book for anyone who wants to lose weight by walking and also longs for a deeper prayer life. My favorite part of the book is when Janet shares her personal struggle with fear and how she overcame it through prayerwalking. Definitely a few tips that I'm going to use.

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  • Posted July 25, 2011

    Walking In Faith

    Prayer Walk is a refreshing book in learning, developing, and experiencing another level in connecting to God. The author shares her experience and what she gain from prayer walking. The book although is an development in prayer walk, but it serves as a guideline for those that want to get started in prayer walking but lack the organizational skills to do so. The book also gives the readers the main purpose in prayer walking. It helps our lives in the physical as well as in the spiritual. It works great in being an effective communicator with the Heavenly Father. It works great in building your physical stamina and eliminates fatigue. Our bodies is the temple in which the Holy Spirit lives in, make it a healthy way to live by prayer walking.

    "I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2011

    Great Book

    I am a lot like Janet Holm McHenry was. She had a hard time motivating herself to even get out of bed. She was out of shape. And her spiritual life was stagnant. When she decided to walk around her neighborhood every morning and incorporate prayer into her morning walks, her life turned around.

    PrayerWalk: Becoming a Woman of Prayer, Strength, and Discipline is a great little read with two parts. The first part is all about reasons for exercising and ways to motivate yourself to get out and walk - just what I needed. The second part is all about why we need to pray, and tips for beginners and experienced pray-ers. Also, this book is peppered with personal experiences as a means of encouragement - if she can do it, so can I!

    This book is a great little read with valuable tips and Biblical prayers. I am looking forward to implementing her suggestions soon, as I now plan to prayerwalk a few times a week too.

    FTC Disclaimer: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2011

    Highly motivating! Combines two great daily habits into a ministry!

    Sometimes prayer can become routine. Sometimes exercising can be boring. So when I was perusing the available books for my next Blogging for Books review, PrayerWalk caught my eye. Author Janet Holm McHenry combines two healthy habits into a unique and powerful ministry. With summer's arrival, my cozy mornings with tea and candles and prayer seemed out of season-- this new idea would be a perfect way to rejuvenate my soul and body!

    The Overall: PrayerWalk: Becoming a Woman of Prayer, Strength & Discipline, by Janet Holm McHenry, shares the author's journey into a ten-year plus ministry of prayerwalking. I've prayed before on pleasure walks and exercise walks, but this book made me look at it in a whole new way. I learned that prayerwalking is more than a glance toward the clouds praising their Creator (although it's that, too!) and takes persistence, discipline, and an open heart. Taking on the needs and burdens of the community, Janet prays not only for her own intentions but also those of friends, family, the community...and strangers she passes by on her path. Beautiful. She is an incredible prayer warrior who inspired me with this interesting behind-the-scenes ministry.

    Favorite Quotes: "Prayerwalking is not an easy way to to 'take care of prayer' while you get good exercise. It is a call to spend rich time with God, carrying others' loads."

    "Anything God puts in my path of vision is a subject for prayer. Our communities need our prayers and Scripture encourages this: 'When right-living people bless the city, it flourishes' (Proverbs 11:11, MSG)."

    The Nitty-Gritty: The book is divided into several sections. The first half focuses more on the physical aspect of prayerwalking (exercise rules) and the second half deals with the spiritual aspects. I did get a little bored with the instructions on walking (getting the right shoes, etc.) but I think it would be useful for those just starting an exercise routine.

    What Sticks Out: Motivation. This book was a fantastic motivator!! The benefits of walking, the author's personal insights, and the powerful ministry presented were all great motivators for me to begin prayerwalking.

    Something Extra: LOTS of extras here: A study guide for groups, a 30-day prayerwalk challenge, resources on walking, and information on doing a community prayerwalk events. I love extras!

    So the real question is...did I start prayerwalking?

    Yes! And I LOVE it! It was the accountability factor...if I was going to post a review, how convincing would I be if I hadn't gotten out on my feet as well? The most memorable time was the crisp, peaceful morning I watched eight deer cross my path as I started out--what a Wonderful Maker! I'm still learning and adapting prayerwalking to my schedule (not a daily habit)...still hitting the snooze alarm sometimes...still getting incredibly distracted sometimes...but I'll keep going! Won't you join me?

    [I received this book from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for free. These are my honest and original comments about the book.]

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  • Posted July 11, 2011

    Check it out

    Prayer Walk is a book with step by step instruction to basically get your prayer on. The author keeps it interesting by being personal. The book gives you "the get up and go "that we all need to increase our prayer life. I read it individually, but it would be a great book to do a women's bible study. Prayer Walk teaches you to pray. The author shares her real life experiences with prayer which makes you want to read more and pray more. I feel that if we all took the ideas and steps of this book in our own lives we would see more miracles daily and we would be healthier people as a whole. This book motivates me to make changes in my life. The author is a normal woman with a job and children and she makes it all so practical and easy. As a mother and a nurse I realize that I can walk and pray every day like she does. The author makes you want to push yourself to do it because she does it, and does it so well. I recommend this book to everyone, man or woman. I feel that we all need to pray and we all need to exercise daily, what more of a practical way to do it than doing it together!

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  • Posted July 11, 2011

    Highly recommend - check out this great updated book!!

    My latest read is titled: Prayer Walk by Janet Holm McHenry. I have to say when I ordered through my Blogging for Books I thought it was a book about walking through prayer as in a template for prayer like the old acronym A.C.T.S. I did not realize it was much more than that!

    When I received it in the mail, I did as I always do and read the front cover, the back cover and all the "extras" inside before I started the actual book. Yeah, I know, sort of like a dog circling the new toy or bone before digging into the treat! Sorry - just a habit!

    What I found through the book has really encouraged me to think of my walking regimen as a great opportunity for prayer. The way Janet Holm McHenry related her experiences and the results of them was very encouraging. This book was originally written in 2001. The book I received is the updated version, re-released this year with Janet McHenry giving you an update of her life and her "Prayer Walk". There is also a section of resources, a 30 Day Challenge and information to do a Community Walk.

    If you need encouraged in either your walking routine, your prayer life or even need to just get off the couch and get started, then this is a must read. What are you waiting for?!

    (Don't forget...I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.)

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  • Posted July 8, 2011

    Walk with God.

    PrayerWalk by Janet Holm McHenry is a great book if you're thinking of prayerwalking for yourself. This is something I've wanted to do for a while now, and have done occasionally... but I'm glad I had the chance to read the book before I made a commitment. There is so much to think about. Not that you have to be a perfectionist or anything... it's not a list of to-do's... just that the book gives great tips and good advice before beginning. Such as; bringing water, what shoes to wear, clothing, safety, and prayer. Great advice on prayer.

    The author shares her personal experiences of her first years of PrayerWalking. She explains in detail the benefits, physically and spiritually, as well as the challenges. This is not a book that just says "Now get out there and do it!", the author has done her research. And much of her knowledge comes first hand.

    I enjoyed reading this book. It has motivated me. I was reading another book about walking WITH God, not ahead or behind, so when I saw this book.... I knew it was my answer to prayer. I'm ready for a deeper prayer life... I'm ready to walk with God.

    *Thanks to WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing for providing me with a free copy of this book for my honest review!

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  • Posted July 2, 2011

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    Excellent Book on Spiritual and Physical Fitness

    PrayerWalk: Becoming a Woman of Prayer, Strength and Discipline by Janet Holm McHenry describes the author's prayer ministry. Each weekday morning, McHenry walks through her neighborhood, following God's promptings for prayer. She shares her personal stories of prayer for family members, friends, and others in her community. Most importantly, she explains the importance of making time with God her daily priority. McHenry provides information on the physical and spiritual benefits of a daily prayerwalk. She includes advice on choosing the proper shoes, clothes, and walking route, as well as the advantages of walking with a partner. From the author's examples, the reader will learn to recognize prayer needs and answers to prayer. PrayerWalk made me realize how often I merely "fit in" my time with God, rather than arranging the rest of my day around my relationship with God. Christian women who want to deepen their prayer life and become physically fit will enjoy this book. I recommend this book as a gift -- for a friend or for yourself. I received my copy of PrayerWalk free of charge, in exchange for this review, from Waterbrook Multnomah and Blogging for Books. Iwas not required to write a positive review; all opinions stated in this review are my own.

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  • Posted June 30, 2011

    Get this book!

    Today I am reviewing Prayer Walk-Becoming a Woman of Prayer, Strength and Discipline by Janet Holm McHenry. I liked this book and I needed this book. What I like is that the author Janet H McHenry has been there. She has been exhausted depressed and had the weight gain. Then she started walking and praying. She found the time and it inspired me because she is the mother of four and a teacher of English. I read that and then had no excuse. I after all have fewer kids and no papers to grade. In this book she challenges you; she gives you prayers and medical information. The book is designed with a 30 day prayer and fitness challenge. It also has the personal story of the author. I got inspired from this book. I used to walk all the time and my mind would wander into my own little world of I wish, I have to remember and so forth she has brought a focus to me that I am thinking why didn't I think of that. I now pray and walk. I found this book fascinating. It was not an easy read for me. (I have to be honest it was about exercise). It has only 217 pages but the book gives you Bible Verses, prayers and exercises. I give these book 4 stars. I am glad I read this book. Get this book! Now this is the time in my blog where I have to be official and let you know that I received a complementary copy of this book from Water Brook Multnomah Publishers in exchange for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

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  • Posted June 24, 2011

    Praying and Walking

    Author Janet Mc Henry, a sufferer of depression, exhaustion and weight gain decided to make a change that would require spiritual discipline, strength and the courage to do something that would change her life.

    She decided to begin a prayer walk routine that would transform her mind, body and soul. "Prayer Walk" is very practical on how to get up, get exercising and start praying. This book includes a thirty day prayer and fitness challenge, which I'll admit is hard because it requires a lot of spiritual discipline. It also has a great Bible Study and discussion guide that would be great for a Women's Bible Study. In addition it provides information on how to organize a community prayer walk.

    This book has made me think about prayer on my runs. Often, I just let my mind wander, but I am now challenged to pray for my friends, family, church leaders, government leaders and those who are less fortunate in other countries. This book is very challenging and is hard to take in. This book will spiritually, physically and emotionally challenge you.

    Thanks to Waterbrook Multnomah publishing company for providing me this complimentary book to review. These opinions are my own, they did not pay me for this review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2001

    These Shoes are made for walkin'

    ?Gifted author and speaker, Janet Holm McHenry, takes her ¿Christian walk¿ seriously as she literally speed-walks while she prays. I couldn¿t imagine reading an entire book on the subject. What¿s the big deal anyway? You just put one foot in front of the other and talk to God. Yet Janet has written a challenging, interesting, and resourceful handbook that not only engages readers mentally, but fully equips them to become spiritually and physically fit, as well. Janet covers miles of ground from her personal struggles and victories with both prayer and exercise, to well-documented health information, to choosing foot gear and prayer partners, to understanding specific aspects of prayer, to mapping out a detailed prayer strategy for one¿s entire community. Surprisingly, she also includes humor and pathos; and there is sometimes a poetic lyricism to her writing. Before reading Prayerwalk, I had to muster bootstrap determination to pray. Now I just lace up my tennies, open my heart, hit the road, and talk to God! Though occasionally I run out of breath, thanks to Janet, now I never run out of prayer topics or inspiration! Lynn D. Morrissey Author & Speaker

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2001

    Motivational and Inspirational

    If you¿re looking for a lot of fluff, this book is not for you. But if you are genuinely wanting to become a disciplined person, physically and spiritually, you will find the tools for becoming so in PrayerWalk. The author doesn¿t promise you it will be easy¿nothing worth having ever is¿but it all starts with one small step. However, whether or not you intend to become a walker, you can benefit greatly from this book. The prayer helps and ideas offered in this book are invaluable. Janet McHenry shows you how to pray specific prayers, and get specific answers. You¿ll learn how to pray for your children, for your community, for your friends, even for your enemies. Knowing that, why wouldn¿t you want this book?

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