From Publishers Weekly
In this memoir, Jordan (Saints in Limbo) recounts stories of a year in which, when both of her sons were deployed to war zones, she decided to pray for a complete stranger every day. The results were extraordinary, as time after time she was led to pray for the stranger who needed it most: a nurse whose husband just had surgery, a teenager with visible bruises on her neck and arms, a young soldier coming home to a newborn daughter. Jordan writes eloquently about her experiences and the lessons she learned, but ultimately the book grows repetitive; with no context or depth given to these strangers, their stories run together and lose their distinctiveness. Additionally, with little context given to Jordan's own life and activities, the book reads more like a diary than a cohesive narrative, and her habit of ending every chapter with neat, tidy conclusions and moralizing contributes to this choppy, disconnected effect. Regardless, the idea of praying for strangers is admirable, and a reader looking for inspiration may find hope and grace in this account of the blessings of a prayerful life. (Apr.)
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"...gently beguiling...[a] very personal journey in self-discovery."
"... offers readers a wonderfully written, shimmering, accessible and wholly honest account of a journey into intercessory prayer. It is a journey that more of us might be encouraged to take because River Jordan has been willing to show us how."
-Englewood Review of Books
"I cannot tell you how much I loved this book. It made me aspire to be a better person. It made me be more aware of the strangers I encounter in my life and of how much a simple word of kindness can mean to someone. I cannot recommend this book enough - I will be buying copies to give to several of my friends."
"...an inspiring read that I hope will encourage people to step outside of their comfort zones and show a little out-of-the-ordinary kindness to strangers."
-The Parchment Girl
"Jordan has managed to write a beautiful book that I have been pushing at people for weeks."
-A Worn Path
"Praying for Strangers
will bless you and alter the way you see those seemingly random people that God places daily in your path."
-Ron Hall, New York Times
Bestselling co-author of Same Kind of Different As Me
"To escape her own fear - a paralyzing terror every parent of a soldier understands - River Jordan resolves to pray for a stranger every single day for a year. She finds them in bus stations, bathroom stalls, cocktail parties and parking lots . . . . 'Today, you are my stranger,' she tells them. And it's the beginning of something extraordinary. Praying for Strangers
reminds us (through the power of this tiny, seemingly insignificant act) that we can never assume know the vast universe that exists inside the person next to us - or the one we are yet to discover inside ourselves. I have my next year's resolution."
-Neil White, author of In the Sanctuary of Outcasts
"By means of story, anecdote and calm persuasion, River Jordan suggests an unexpected remedy for both our cultural malaise and our sense of spiritual powerlessness: that we make a habit of praying, not for people we know, but for strangers, in an unheralded, untrumpeted gift of Grace. The very act is compelling and quietly subversive in a culture where strangers equal threat and gifts demand notice. And in the end, the gift you might be giving is one to yourself. Read and consider the wonder, which will continue to grow on you, long after the book is done."
-Janis Owens, author of The Schooling of Claybird Catts