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Praying the News: Your Prayers are More Powerful than you Know Paperback – September 10, 2011

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Wendy Griffith | Virginia Beach, VA
Wendy Griffith is an Anchor and Senior Reporter for the Christian Broadcasting Network based in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  Wendy is also the Wednesday co-host on CBN’s flagship show, The 700 Club, with CBN Founder Dr. Pat Robertson.  She also co-anchors two other shows for CBN:  Christian World News, a weekly show that focuses on the challenges of the global church and CBN Newswatch;  a daily 30-minute newscast seen on various Christian networks throughout the country and She has been on the front lines of national and international breaking stories, including Hurricane Katrina, wars in the Middle East and the controversy over the Ground Zero Mosque in New York.
Craig von Buseck | Virginia Beach, VA
Craig is Ministries Director for He holds a Doctor of Ministry and an MA in Religious Journalism from Regent University. He writes the ChurchWatch Blog, and is the author of Seven Keys to Hearing God’s Voice and NetCasters: Harnessing the Internet to Make Fishers of Men.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Regal (September 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830759263
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830759262
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #781,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By N. B. Kennedy TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 30, 2011
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The news is often more horrible than I can bear, given the cruelty and violence humans perpetrate on each other and the abuse of almost everything we touch on earth. It seems easier just to turn off the TV, put aside the paper or click through to the next link. What can we do about all that's wrong with the world, anyway?

Wendy Griffith and Craig von Buseck suggest there is one thing we can do: Pray.

To the American psyche, prayer doesn't sound like much. We want action! We want results! We want clear cause-and-effect. But prayer, Ms. Griffith and Mr. von Buseck say, is the only way to avoid becoming fearful, angry or cynical about the day's headlines. Prayer, in fact, can challenge, and even change, those very headlines.

Praying the News is a compendium of real-world experiences of those in the news business and those getting their news from the media that reinforces the value and wisdom of committing the horrors of our day to prayer. The book suggests concrete ways to pray and demonstrates how these ways have been used by God's people from Bible times to the present day.

So, before you forward another one of those alarming e-mails concerning the loss of one more liberty or the crimping of yet another religious freedom -- an e-mail that is probably a Snopes-worthy Internet hoax anyway -- you might try what these two seasoned journalists suggest and go instead to prayer.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Carol G. Stratton on September 6, 2012
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Do you sit home watching in despair the evening news? Does picking up a newspaper give you a knot in your stomach as you read about the latest crime in your city? Praying the News is a great book for helping us feel less helpless as we read the latest headlines.

Written by Wendy Griffith, CBN news anchors, and Craig von Buseck of, this book shows how weather, politics, war, kidnappings, are fodder for us to draw closer to our Heavenly Father as we see reality change.

This book has story after story of how prayer has protected people, changed governmental decisions, redirected elections and revitalized entire towns. My favorite story is about Manchester, Kentucky where methamphetamine and Oxycontin dealers ran the town and were considered part of the economy. A handful of people began to pray for God's mercy and a movement, Operation Unite was born.

A march slated for a dreary march day seemed doomed. But in spite of the inclement weather, "...they came--more than 3500 people representing more than 60 churches in Clay County." They gathered and prayed for repentance and reconciliation. Almost overnight things changed as drug dealers came to Christ and arrests dropped 300 percent. Locals now claim there's a different atmosphere in Manchester.

Griffith and von Buseck hammer home the importance of serious and concerted prayer in current issues can change a person, town and even a culture. This book has inspired me to quit ignoring the news. Instead, I realized I have a responsibility and joy to respond in prayer to the heartache I read every day in my paper.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By W. Terry Whalin on September 27, 2011
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Often the news can be discouraging and you feel like the world around you is spinning out of control. PRAYING THE NEWS from two veteran Christian journalists gives the reader new insight and action steps for daily life.

They combine their personal stories with practical insights and a Biblical perspective. When you read this book, you will often reach for your yellow highlighter.

As the authors write in the closing words of the book, "God isn't interested in numbers. Throughout Bible history, the Lord often used only a remnant of people to get the job done. But He is looking for a few dedicated souls who will pray the news. We believe that if you've picked up and read this book, that person is you. One person really can make a difference. And remember...your prayers are more powerful than you know!" (Page 200)

Whether you are scanning the headlines of a news magazine or newspaper or catching the news on television or radio. PRAYING THE NEWS is a book that I recommend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vicki Ann on December 6, 2011
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This book is highly significant and Wendy Griffith and Craig von Buseck back up their thoughts and insights with God's Word/Scripture. Our planet is rapidly shifting to the point of tilting out of control and as 'Praying the News' so aptly points out, our prayers are more important than we might ever suspect or know. The author(s) offer hope and encouragement to the battle weary to persevere and not to lose hope or heart in praying. It inspires and motivates us to keep our focus and to press on(!) in prayer while trusting God for the results. I highly recommend "Praying the News" to anyone who needs a fresh reminder or renewed motivation to pray after hearing or reading today's troubling (and often times alarming) news. Indeed, 'Praying the News' is a must-read for prayer warriors and serves as notice to our nation, to the local church and to folks everywhere not to lose sight of the importance of prayer. 'Praying the News' is a whisper to church goers and non-church goers alike and well serves as a timely and important reminder of the vital and urgent need to pray, especially reiterating the need for our, "Praying the News!"
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