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How Strong Women Pray Hardcover – November 2, 2007
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"Bonnie St. John's amazing life story is interwoven with intimate reflections on prayer by Maya Angelou, Kathie Lee Gifford, Amy Grant, Kathy Ireland, Edie Falco, and Susan Taylor, to name just a few." -- AWidow.com
"The good news is, every woman, no matter how strong her spirituality, struggles to get close to God and stay close. Learn from their lessons. There's something for every woman between the covers." -- IDealinhope.com
"This book speaks to the power of God and the strength women draw from him." -- ChristysBookblog.blogspot.com
"Very inspirational book that will have you considering your prayer time or lack there of." -- LauraWilliamsmusings.blogspot.com
"How Strong Women Pray" is an intimate spiritual journey undertaken by author Bonnie St. John to learn about prayer and how it plays a part in the lives of women." -- EURweb.com
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Most of the women who volunteered their prayer testimonies for How Strong Women Pray are not considered "religious" or "spiritual." To the casual observer, it would appear that these women have achieved their status by sheer will-power, hard work, and luck. St. John's goal with this project is to show that some of the most well-known and respected women in music, television, radio, politics, publishing, education, and athletics make prayer a priority in their lives. In addition to St.Read more ›
Through the uniquely written treatise readers are offered a view into the private lives of twenty-seven women. Each is viewed as strong in their own right. All are connected by duo threads of commonality; their dependence upon prayer and faith to acknowledge that they are not in control of their destinies. Delightfully absent from this work is the impression of a regime of rigidity and uniformity to be entered into. Instead, you will see the simplicity and fervor in which each approaches prayer and are divinely ministered to.
Those who feel that the presence of high profile names, the mention of positions Ms. St. John has held and her academic and Olympic accomplishments are self-serving will not absorb the full thrust of the work. They will miss the fact that in spite of her high visibility and accomplishments, she has made a choice. Through the choice to be vulnerable, Ms. St. John speaks to the plight of many with disabilities. Without reserve she is reaching out to those who are merely surviving rather than seeking to overcome the trauma of sexual childhood abuse or other obstacles that is preventing them from reaching full potential.
Reviewer/Dr. Linda Beed
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In a series of pieces woven throughout the book, St. John deftly writes what amounts to a memoir. St. John was the first African American woman to take a medal in the Olympics. She is now a motivational speaker and writer. To get to this point, she went through insurmountable odds; sexual abuse, having her leg amputated at an early age and her struggles with maintaining her faith and spirituality in the world of business.
Vonetta Flowers was apart of the 2002 gold medal winning women's bobsled team. Her story of a black girl from Alabama transitioning from track and field to the predominately white winter sport of bobsledding is indeed an interesting one, but her son's medical problems and her journey to faith is her most self-affirming story. Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr., formerly of the Grammy winning group, The Fifth Dimension have been married for over 35 years but it was their faith and Marilyn's unfailing belief that helped Billy through a crisis that could have ended their marriage. Kathie Lee Gifford, Johnetta B. Cole, Kathie Ireland, Susan L. Taylor, and singer Amy Grant all have stories of trials, tribulations and remarkable acts of redemption that sustained their prayer lives.
There is a cross section of women from varying professions, careers and celebrity life. This book is a great volume to have as one can read stories at will and rejoice with the author of each story. This is an ideal gift for a sister friend that might need a little uplifting and reaffirmation of faith.
Dera R. Williams
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Very well written capturing detail account of how powerful women pray. So often we believe that prayer can only take place from a certain position of reverence. Read morePublished on October 20, 2013 by Maureen E. Archibald
The real life experiences of the women profiled especially Ms. Saint John are heartfelt. The book help me realize that notoriety and income has nothing to do with real life,... Read morePublished on July 21, 2013 by Patrick Richard
Absolutely loved this book! I have told every woman I know they must read it!!! I loved the way she interwove so many powerful stories with her own. Bonnie St. Read morePublished on August 5, 2012 by Amazon Customer
The book was fine but I wished it had actually talked more about 'How Strong Women Pray' . I never really understood 'how' they pray except in the vaguest of ways nor what they... Read morePublished on April 10, 2012 by Compulsive Reader
Last year, we had a home fire that literally left us with the shirts on our backs, and immediately found the need for and the comfort in our faith, family, and close friends. Read morePublished on February 14, 2010 by Suzann @ Work Smarter Now
This is an outstanding and very inspirational book. I bought it for myself and was so inspired by the stories of the women that I purchased a copy for my Pastor for her (Yes... Read morePublished on May 29, 2009 by rstaempress