Your life is your prayer. Whatever you’ve got going on in your life is what you’ve been praying for – sometimes consciously, often unconsciously. If you want something different in your life, you must pray a different prayer.
You may not realize it – many people don’t – but the decisions you make throughout the day, the attitudes you adopt, the conversations you have, the way you respond to other people, the thoughts you think are all prayers. The food you choose to eat is a prayer, the way you spend your money is a prayer – even the way you drive is a prayer! We are constantly communing with the Divine throughout our daily lives – even in the most mundane activities.
And our prayers are always answered in the affirmative: “YES.” Whatever you’re thinking about will manifest in your life. If you are worrying, I don’t have enough money, the Universe will say ‘Yes, you don’t have enough money.’ If you’re constantly lamenting to your friends, I don’t have a man in my life, the Universe will respond, ‘Yes, you don’t have a man.’ If you frequently complain, I’m fat, the Universe will answer, ‘Yes, you’re fat.’ Your thoughts and words are prayers, and the Universe always gives you what you’re praying.
This new book by Sam Beasley and BJ Gallagher shows you how to change your life by changing your prayer. First, you will learn how to stop complaining. Next, you will discover how to focus on what you DO want, not what you don’t want. Finally, and most importantly, you will learn how to make your prayers positive and affirming – to get more of what you want in your life. By consciously choosing new thoughts and new conversations – you will literally create a new life for yourself!
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About the Author
BJ Gallagher is a sociologist, as well as an inspirational author and speaker. She writes business books that educate and empower, women's books that enlighten and entertain, and gift books that inspire and inform. Whether her audience is corporate executives, working women, or college students, her message is "The Power of Positive DOING." She motivates and teaches with empathy, understanding, and more than a little humor.BJ's international business best-seller, "A Peacock in the Land of Penguins" (Berrett-Koehler), has sold over 350,000 copies in 23 languages. Her self-help books include: "Why Don't I Do the Things I Know Are Good for Me?" (Berkley) and "It's Never Too Late to be What You Might Have Been" (Viva Editions). Her spiritual books include: "If God Is Your Co-Pilot, Switch Seats" (Hampton Roads) and "Being Buddha at Work" (Berrett-Koehler).
BJ blogs weekly for Huffington Post and is a BeliefNet.com blogger as well. She has been featured on CBS Evening News with Bob Schieffer, the Today Show with Matt Lauer, Fox News, PBS, CNN, and other television and radio programs. She is quoted almost weekly in various newspapers, women's magazines, and websites, including: O the Oprah magazine, Redbook, Woman's World, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, Orlando Sentinel, Financial Times (U.K.), Guardian (U.K.), MSNBC.com, CareerBuilder.com, CNN.com, Forbes.com, among others.
Sam Beasley is a successful businessman entrepreneur who uses spiritual principles to establish and build and run his businesses. He is a charismatic speaker and dynamic workshop leader whose mission is to share what he’s learned so that others may become successful and fulfilled as well.
Dr. Ken Blanchard is the cofounder and Chief Spiritual Officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies, an international management training and consulting firm that he and his wife, Margie Blanchard, founded in 1979. Ken's iconic 1982 classic, "The One Minute Manager," coauthored with Spencer Johnson, has sold more than 13 million copies and remains on bestseller lists today. In the past three decades he has authored or coauthored 60 books whose combined sales total more than 21 million copies. In 2005 Ken was inducted into Amazon’s Hall of Fame as one of the top 25 bestselling authors of all time.
Table of Contents
How to use this Book 11
A Note about God 13
Introduction: Praying with Your Eyes Wide Open 15
Chapter 1 Your Thoughts Are Prayers 17
Chapter 2 Your Feelings Are Prayers 27
Chapter 3 Worry and Fear Are Your Prayers 38
Chapter 4 Faith Is Your Prayer 48
Chapter 5 How You Deal With Change Is Your Prayer 61
Chapter 6 Your Conversations are Prayers 71
Chapter 7 How You Spend Your Time Is Your Prayer 80
Chapter 8 Your Work Is Your Prayer 90
Chapter 9 Your Money Is Your Prayer 102
Chapter 10 Your Driving Is Your Prayer 115
Chapter 11 What You Eat Is Your Prayer 125
Chapter 12 Self-Care Is Your Prayer 138
Chapter 13 Your Family Is Your Prayer 151
Chapter 14 Your Friendships Are Prayers 160
Chapter 15 Relationships and Community Are Your Prayers 170
Chapter 16 Your Music, Books, Movies, and Art Are Prayers 180
Chapter 17 Our Relationships with Animals, Plants, and the Natural World Are Prayers 190
Chapter 18 Pain, Suffering, Loss, and Death Are Prayers 199
Chapter 19 Gratitude Is Your Prayer 214
Chapter 20 Generosity and Giving Are Prayers 226
Chapter 21 Peace and Freedom Are Prayers 239
About The Authors 252
What People are Saying About This
"Sam and BJ's book is a wise reminder that every day is sacred. Your Life Is Your Prayer is also a new take on mndfulness and the many opportunities we have in our lives to deepen our connection to spirit. Here is true sustenance for the soul."
Becca Anderson, author of Prayers for Hard Times and The Woman's Book of Prayer
"Every once in a long while a book about prayer is truly unique. Your Life is Your Prayer assumes that our individual minds in everyday living are all the time connected to a larger divine Mind, call it what you wish. This classical idea of Oneness is a part of perennial wisdom, even though it is harder for us to grasp in the modern age because we are taught that our minds are entirely explained by cells and tissue, and as a consequence the great mystery of the mind as somehow a small drop of a universal Mind is lost. But in fact so many deep thinkers from Plato to Maya Angelou would agree that our thoughts are continuous with 'Something' Higher, and that quite literally everything we think and everything we dobecause what we do is a continuation of what we thinkare prayers. So as it is said, be careful what you think, and be aware of the power of thoughts to create the path before you."
Stephen G. Post, author of God and Love on Route 80
"This fabulous new book by Sam and BJ is a great resource to help you discover the connection between your faith and your finances. If your goal is freedomfreedom from want and freedom from fear – this book is for you!
Chellie Campbell, author of The Wealthy Spirit and From Zero to Zillionaire
"BJ and Sam's marvelous new book reminds us all how to live rich, wonderful, fulfilling livesas prayers."
from the Foreword by Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One Minute Manager
" Your Life Is Your Prayer is a beautiful book that offers deep wisdom and guidance on how to empower your life with prayer for every occasion and situation. Containing traditional and well-known prayer techniques, it also offers unusual and original ways to pray. This book demonstrates how to pray and what to say to transform your life from failure to blessing and turn fear into faith."
Arielle Ford, author of Turn Your Mate Into Your Soulmate