Praying Upside Down ~ Kelly O'Dell Stanley
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Release: May 2015
"Praying Upside Down" begins with an account of Kelly O'Dell Stanley selling her house, and God telling her to pray for the next woman that will own the house. Kelly Stanley did not know who would occupy her house, she just knew God told her to pray specifically for the woman.
On another occasion her friend, Mike, needed prayer for his back and Kelly needed prayer for her knees. So, when one hurt they immediately prayed for the other. Which caused me to think I should pray for my husband's ankle everytime my leg hurt, instead of bemoaning it.
An upside-down prayer is unconventional, unexpected, unusual but effective. Praying upside-down puts the emphasis on the Christian life and the value of prayer. I believe the author's overall position is that upside-down prayers work. It takes the emphasis off of you and redirects it to another person. The author's point is clear and well-stated.
I was intrigued by an activity Sister Pat (#37) brought to life. She would say, "Close your eyes, imagining the safest place you would be. Now, imagine that is God."
Kelly and Tim we both Catholics during the early years of their marriage. However, the felt they wanted something more. They changed to Pentecostal ensuring they have nothing against Catholics. They were just ready for a change they both could agree with. Kelly attended Bible Study with Lutherans, Presbyterians, Baptists, and others. (#42)
I would recommend this book to readers who would like to know more ways to pray. Avoiding the humdrum of repeated prayers.
(1) It requires no spiritual sensitivity to see God at work in a miracle, but to see God work in the everyday circumstances of our lives is another matter. Praying Upside Down gives us eyes to see and ears to hear the Divine Presence in the ordinariness of life. A spiritual primer on practicing the presence of God. PHILIP GULLEY Quaker pastor and author
(2) Praying Upside Down offers an invaluable antidote to the prayer life that has gone stale. We can forget the one-dimensional prayers we have been praying before bedtime all these years. Kelly O’Dell Stanley literally turns prayer on its head, transforming it into a fresh, vibrant act of creativity that refreshes the spirit. Take Kelly at her word, and you will never look at prayer the same way again. MATT APPLING Teacher, pastor, and author of Life after Art: What You Forgot About Life and Faith Since You Left the Art Room and Plus or Minus
(3) Prayer. It can seem so . . . burdensome, time-consuming, one-sided, and complicated with all those flowery, eloquent words that we think should be the launching pad in our conversations with God. So, we choose not to pray, going through our days mute to the One who desires to, not only hear from us, but also speak to us. But in her book Praying Upside Down Kelly O’Dell Stanley takes us by the hand and challenges and equips us to see prayer from a whole new perspective, erasing what we thought prayer to be and painting a beautiful picture of what it’s meant to be. JENIFER JERNIGAN Bible teacher and author of Dive Deeper
(4) I love to learn from people who are willing to let God pull back the curtain from their lives and reveal His startling perspective. Kelly O’Dell Stanley does that and invites us to see and pray through God’s right-side-up/upside-down view. STASI ELDREDGE New York Times bestselling author of Captivating and Becoming Myself
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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes from Tyndale Publishers.