Heart Prayers

Heart Prayers

by KJ Wuest


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Sometimes simple is extraordinary. Heart Prayers is just that: In its ability to name a need, claim a promise, embrace joy and pain, release lament, offer gratitude, and above all, trust in the presence of God in all. Written during a year filled with transitions and uncertainties, KJ's prayers speak beyond one person's experience to anyone seeking to walk faithfully through difficult circumstances. Using simple and inclusive language, these prayers encourage us to enter into or return to a practice of praying for ourselves that places all our moments into God's care.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937358037
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 04/20/2012
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

KJ Wuest served as a lay minister in the Lutheran church, ELCA, for more than twenty years; most recently as Ministry Associate of Faith Formation and Visitation at Kent Lutheran Church in Kent, WA. KJ is a Veriditas certified labyrinth facilitator with training in Spiritual Direction. She has written for The Upper Room Discipline and has an extensive background in prayer, grief and care giving ministries. KJ is a voracious reader and mixed-media artist with a special interest in journaling, pilgrimage, poetry and memoir. She lives in Seattle with her husband, Paul, and a very personable cat named Wilbur. She blogs about HOPE at www.partners4hope.net

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"Lord, teach us to pray," Jesus' disciples ask him in Luke's gospel (11.1). Their question tells me two things.

All of us have the desire to pray, but prayer is an art that needs to be taught for most of us. As a parish

pastor, I have observed that so many of my people either don't know how to pray or feel self-conscious when

asked to pray. So I am always on the lookout for a resource to share with them. That is where KJ Wuest

comes in with her marvelous little book, Heart Prayers. Last Christmas I gave each household in my two congregations a copy of this book as a guide to their own prayer lives. One woman passed it on to a friend

whose daughter was diagnosed with leukemia just before Christmas. Others take it along with them when

they take communion to our home-bound people. Another person carries a copy in her purse and refers to

it often. What a great blessing KJ and her book are to those of us who are learning and practicing the art of

prayer. Thank you, KJ.

—The Rev. R. Stewart McDonald, Pastor, Trinity Church, a Lutheran-Episcopal Community in Wilcox, AZ

and St. Raphael in the Valley, an Episcopal-Lutheran Community in Benson, AZ

"As the an adoptive parent of traumatized children, my journey as "mom" is atypical at best, but sometimes it gets really, really hard to help them through their pre-family experiences. Heart Prayers is a great place to turn when I'm discouraged, frustrated, or sad. It reminds me to turn these struggles over to God, and that he will guide us through. This is a great book for anyone with a chronic struggle such as addiction, depression, caregiving, illness, loss, or trauma."

-Jessica Ward

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