Sunday, July 24, 2011

Book Review: Prayerwalk

I have been reading through the book PrayerWalk by Janet Holm McHenry recently... and while it has not gotten me to lace up my tennies and head out walking, it has convinced me I need to do so.

My hang-up is that we've had temperatures nearing 100 degrees most of the past month or so, and I just cannot bring myself to get started...  in looking at the weather forecast though, starting Wednesday, we're only supposed to be in the 80s.  So I'm convinced that is when I will be starting.

This isn't a new idea -- I've read about combining prayer for your family and your community with walking, and it always sounded intriguing to me.  What McHenry has brought to the table with this book is the perspective of a real woman who has done it.  Even when she didn't want to.  Even when it was cold or hot.  Even while holding down a full-time job as an English teacher and taking care of her family.

McHenry didn't ever strike me as a perfect person.  The tone of the entire book is very real... and while I don't remember hearing her say, "If I can do it, you can do it" (I tend to react to that statement!) she actually left me feeling that way.  I could relate to her, she seems so normal.

The book is a combination of what, why, and how.  Lots of great suggestions.   I definitely recommend the book.  And hopefully some of you will get after me if I don't start blogging about how I'm actually implementing her suggestions.

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Disclaimer: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group in exchange for this review.


Tess said...

I think of I've heard of this idea. It intrigues me.

Michelle Smith said...

I'm glad you were encouraged by it. I was, too. I was thinking about finding a partner and starting prayerwalking myself. Until the very next day we saw the coyote from our dining room window. I may be going to the Y instead until we know the coyote has moved on to greener pastures. ;)