Hope Lyda, author of the "One-Minute Prayer" series, encourages and reassures with scriptures, prayers and meaningful reflections in One-Minute Prayers for Comfort and Healing. They are especially useful for times of emotional turmoil that leave us emotionally spent, without words, unable to pray.
That's not an uncommon occurrence today as our nation adjusts to the "new normal" caused by the housing bubble and collapse of the U.S. economy in the 2007-2008 Financial Crisis. Since then foreclosures are common, jobs lost, never to be regained and many continue life in a whirlwind of loss, grief and unanticipated change. Others struggle with health diagnoses like cancer, Alzheimer's or degenerative heart disease that cause fear of the unknown, emotional stress and anxiety that disrupts marriages, families and meaningful relationships.
These one-minute prayers and scriptures offer comfort and hope with relevant Bible verses, brief readings and prayer, inviting readers to pause and "experience the still and quiet voice of God."
For example, the reading titled, "Holding On" is from James 5: 7-8 about God, timing, patience and trust. The reading concerns our witness to others when we encourage them to pray and wait patiently on the Lord for His answer. Yet, when it's our turn to practice what we've preached, we're at a loss for words and want the Lord to fix the problem or take it away. Then the reader is prompted to listen to that still inner voice that says, "You too must be patient and stand firm."
If a friend or family member is going through tough times, focused on surviving, in need of comfort or healing, Hope Lyda's, "One-Minute Prayers" is an inexpensive gift choice. The attractive padded hard cover and small size fits nicely into purse, bag or travel bag.
"One Minute Prayers for Comfort and Healing," by Hope Lyda, Harvest House, 2014, 176 Pages, 978-0736956925, $9.99
Midwest Book Reviews: April 2014
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