Most of us have felt it: that unexplained prompting in our hearts to stop and pray for a friend, a loved one, or even a stranger. Sometimes we dismiss the feeling as a stray thought about friends, families, or situations. Sometimes we are even awakened from a deep sleep with an even deeper need to go to God in prayer. Where do those urges come from? Are they truly from God? And do those prayers have any effect on the one we're praying for?
In Called to Pray, Linda Evans Shepherd shares dozens of inspiring true stories of people who have felt God's call to prayand the astonishing results of those impromptu prayers. For those who wonder if prayer has any effect or doubt that God communicates with us personally, this heart-stirring book will amaze, inspire, and equip them to respond to those holy promptings.
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About the Author
Linda Evans Shepherd is an award-winning author, a popular speaker, and a radio personality. The president of Right to the Heart Ministries, she is the author of several books, including When You Don't Know What to Pray, Experiencing God's Presence, and The Stress Cure. She and her husband live in Colorado.
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More Than a Feeling Ever have someone suddenly come to mind? More specifically, did you get the urge to pray for that person? Or have you desperately called out to God for help in a dire situation, and seemingly out of nowhere, your prayer was answered? This fascinating book contains an abundance of true stories about circumstances just like that. Consider the story of a pastor whose small plane runs out of fuel, and there is no place to land, there is nothing but trees, homes and utility wires. He is sure he will crash. Suddenly, a freshly plowed field appears, and he lands uninjured in the soft dirt. Later, one of his parishioners tell him she felt an overwhelming urge to pray for him on a particular day at a certain time, which she does. They are both overwhelmed to discover that was the exact time he was about to crash his airplane, but then miraculously found the plowed field. Or contemplate the time when Glenda and Marsha were out in the freezing cold hoping to talk to someone about the good news of Jesus. They were thinking of turning back when they saw a lone woman, Sondra, at a bus stop. Although intimidated by the way she stared at them, the girls asked Sondra if they could talk to her about God. After some conversation, Sondra became a follower of Christ. She then asked Glenda and Marsha how they knew where to find her. Sondra said she was desperate, at the end of her rope, and had asked God that if He was real, to send someone to talk to her about Him. That is exactly when Glenda and Marsha walked up to her in the freezing cold. Betcha read more than one, these stories are incredible! This book is full of amazing stories that highlight God's perfect timing. Often He has organized many seemingly random events to fit together perfectly to bring about the answer to a prayer. Called to Pray is wonderfully uplifting and encouraging. The power of prayer is demonstrated throughout this volume. God's love for us is clearly shown, along with how much He cares about every aspect of our lives. All of the stories are just a few pages long, so the entire volume can be read at once, or a little bit at a time. Fair warning must be given, however, because these accounts are so interesting, it is hard to stop after just one. I really liked this 5-star book, and highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys true stories, or wants to know more about the power of prayer. The publisher has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of Called to Pray through Revell Publishing for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
Linda Evans Shepherd in her new book, "Called To Pray" published by Revell gives us Astounding Stories of Answered Prayer. From the Back Cover: When you feel a nudge to pray, what will you do? Most of us have felt it at one time or another: that unexplained prompting in our hearts to stop and pray for a friend, a loved one, or even a stranger. Sometimes we are even awakened from a deep sleep with an even deeper need to go to God in prayer. Where do those urges come from? Are they truly from God? Or are they merely stray thoughts? And if we respond in prayer, are others’ lives affected at all? In Called to Pray, Linda Evans Shepherd shares dozens of inspiring true stories of people who have heeded God’s call to pray and the astonishing results of those impromptu prayers. Through accounts of people being protected from harm and rescued from danger, of needs being met and hearts being encouraged, you’ll see that God is involved in an active and dynamic relationship with us—and that we can be part of his plan to bless others. If you have ever wondered if prayer has any real effect or doubted that God communicates with us personally, this heart-stirring book will amaze, inspire, and equip you to respond to those holy promptings. Linda Evans Shepherd knows that all of us have that moment when The Holy Spirit gives us a burden to pray for someone and for a specific period of time. Ms. Shepherd begins the book with the story of Jack who forgot to make a fuel check before he took off from Miami to Fort Pierce. After a short period of time in the air he quickly realized his mistake, he was going down. The problem was there was no safe place to land. However at that moment a parishioner got the burden to pray for Jack. Suddenly a freshly plowed field appeared and Jack was safely able to land the plane with no damage and he walked away. The parishioner prayed at exactly the moment that Jack was in great need. His ordeal lasted a half hour, the parishioner prayed for the same length of time. Ms. Shepherd provides us lots of stories like this and at the end of each story she also provides us a prayer we can pray. The book is divided into ten parts: 1: Called to Pray for Protection, 2: Called To Pray for Rescue, 3: Called To Pray for Needs, 4: Called To Pray for Souls, 5: Called To Pray for Breakthrough, 6: Called To Pray for Guidance, 7: Called To Pray for Miraculous Wonders, 8: Called To Pray for Encouragement, 9: Called To Pray for Trust and Faith and 10: Called To Pray for Others. Prayer works! Sometimes we forget and we don't pray as we should especially when we feel impressed to pray. Ms. Shepherd has given us a book that reminds us of the critical role we play. And she shows us the results of our prayers. This is a book that you will refer back to again and again. It will lift up your spirits when you feel empty or low. A great resource! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
The power of prayer has such a far reaching influence, yet it is one of the most overlooked resources in a Christian’s life. How many times have you felt the prompting to pray for a person or situation and ignore it? What blessing or need went unfulfilled because you didn’t? This book will certainly make you think about those times and being obedient to urging of the Holy Spirit. I found this book very encouraging, as it reminded me once again of how God is always watching over and caring for us. I found it inspiring and exciting to see how He uses our prayers to bring about wonderful and amazing events. These are true stories of how the Lord guided others to pray unbeknownst to them how important that prayer was to the care and protection of the person He brought to mind. I am remembered of one such time in my life. My husband was 37 and had suffered a heart attack. They were bypassing 3 bypasses he had done at 25. The surgery was long and a large number of people were in the waiting room with me. Everyone was visiting. Suddenly I had a powerful need to pray for him. I asked everyone to join me. I looked at the clock to see what time it was. Finally the doctor came out and told me my husband was fine and the outcome was far better than he had expected. Then he said, “Oh, there was one thing. When we took him off of the heart lung machine and shocked his heart, it wouldn’t start. We tried 3 times and were very worried, then the 3rd time it started.” I asked him what time that happened. And the time he shared was the exact time I had been felt the overpowering need to pray for him. This book is such a blessing. It made me happy to read the stories of God’s miraculous provision, and to always remember He does the same for me. I received a copy of this book free from Revell Publications. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
“Many of us often are asleep to the idea that God wants to communicate with us personally, and as a result, we sometimes ignore what seem to be stray thoughts or concerns about friends, family, or situations. When worries arise, we often believe they are nothing more than the random musings of our imaginations, never awakening to the possibility that God is actually calling us to pray.” (Linda Evans Shepherd) This is our wake-up call. There are times when each of us have needs pressing on our hearts. We are called to pray and know specifically how to pray. Then there are those times, we feel urged to pray without certainty of the need, or knowing why. In her book, Called to Pray: Astounding Stories of Answered Prayer, Linda Evans Shepherd explores these very times. How are we to respond when urged to pray? Do we pray without hesitancy, with the assurance God will be active and quick to respond? Called to Pray is a collection of stories about circumstances in which prayer was a dire need. Each story shares the astonishing outcome as a result of prayer. The book is set up in chapters by which prayers can be found for specific situations including: call to pray for protection call to pray for needs call to pray for guidance call to pray for encouragement Each section includes true and inspiring stories of miraculous answers to prayer. This book will impact in two ways: While in a season of waiting, you will find hope as you remember the ways God has answered prayers. You will find yourself encouraged to pray as you take notice of the prompting of God. This book is a wonderful read for when we encounter a season of doubt. It will infuse your heart with faith to keep on praying. Each story will encourage us all to pay heed to those times we find ourselves awakened to pray. *** I received a copy of this book from Revell for review purposes. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.