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Praying for Strangers: An Adventure of the Human Spirit Hardcover – April 5, 2011

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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.)


..".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."
-BermudaOnion's Weblog
..".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 p

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Hardcover; 1St Edition edition (April 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425239640
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425239643
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.2 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,006,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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