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Often we view prayer as an activity reserved for a certain time, in a certain place, offered in a specific way. But Scripture encourages us to pray continually. This exhortation is an opportunity for prayer to permeate every aspect of our liveswhen we're alone or in a crowd, when it's quiet and when it's chaotic, when we feel like it and when we don't.
Praying with Eyes Wide Open shows us how to make continuous prayer a natural part of our lives rather than something on our daily spiritual checklist. It helps us encounter God in new ways as we learn to
- open our eyes to see his presence and the world around us
- open our ears to hear his voice
- open our hearts to experience freedom and power as we pray
- and open our lives as we pray for and with others
Anyone desiring a richer, more transformative prayer life will welcome this fresh take on conversing with our Creator.
|Publisher:||Baker Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Sherry Harney is an author and a speaker who serves as the leadership development director at Shoreline Community Church in Monterey, California. She is also the cofounder of Organic Outreach International. For over two decades Sherry has spoken for local, national, and international groups and events. She focuses on prayer, spiritual formation, leadership, and organic outreach.
Kevin G. Harney is lead pastor of Shoreline Community Church in Monterey, California. He is the author of several books, including Reckless Faith, Empowered by His Presence, and the Organic Outreach series, as well as more than eighty small group guides, curriculum, and numerous articles written in partnership with Sherry. He also does extensive teaching and speaking both nationally and internationally.
Sherry and Kevin have coauthored several books and have partnered with writers such as Ann Voskamp, Max Lucado, Nabeel Qureshi, Bill Hybels, John Ortberg, Mark Batterson, Christine Caine, Gary Thomas, and Dallas Willard in writing small group study guides.
Table of Contents
Section 1 Praying With Eyes Wide Open
1 Limitless Prayer 15
2 Pray Continually 26
3 Relationship Matters 36
4 Power in Prayer 49
Section 2 Praying With Ears Wide Open
5 God Is Speaking 59
6 Are You Listening? 73
7 God Is Listening, Are You Speaking? 88
8 Holy Conversations 98
Section 3 Praying With Hearts Wide Open
9 The Father Is Fond of You 111
10 Honest to God 124
11 Warfare Prayers 137
12 Replace Worry with Prayer 152
Section 4 Praying With Lives Wide Open
13 Praying for Others 167
14 Praying with Others 180
15 Praying for the Little and Big Things of Life 192
16 Something Happens Every Time You Pray 207
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I received a copy of Praying with Eyes Wide Open: A Life-Changing Way to Talk with God by Sherry Harney with Kevin G. Harney from Baker Books in exchange for a review. The Harneys visit a common theme of prayer but provide good insight into its necessity and effectiveness in everyday life. They emphasize the concept to pray continually from 1 Thessalonians 5: 17. This includes prayers of lament, joy and intercession. When we pray, God will respond. The book urges us to pray openly and honestly with God as we go through our days. My favorite takeaway from the authors is that “Honest prayer can actually crystallize our thinking and teach us to trust God at deeper levels.” As we keep the line of communication open, we can learn more about God and thus see Him acting on our behalf. Overall, the book serves as a reminder for prayer life, some ideas new and some repeated. They use scripture, anecdotes from all over the world and analysis to illustrate their points with authority. It can serve as a good book for anyone needing a little encouragement in their prayer life.
“Praying with Eyes Wide Open” by Sherry Harney is a wonderful book which goes deeper into the subject of prayer. This book really was an eye opener (no pun intended) for me! I was always taught to pray with my eyes closed. Sherry Haney shows how important prayer is and why it is important to pray with our eyes open. This makes it very easy to pray at all times, which is something we all should be doing! The book is divided into 4 sections. The sections include Praying with Eyes Wide Open, Praying with Ears Wide Open, Praying with Hearts Wide Open and Praying with Lives Wide Open. Sherry shares true stories about her own prayer life in each chapter. I got a lot more out of this book than what I intended to. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that would like to strengthen their prayer life. I received this book from Baker Books for my honest opinion.