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Mysteries, polka dots, California Rolls, TJ Maxx, cozy blankets, rainy days and getting the first spoonful of peanut butter out of the jar make me smile. Spiders, rude people, cold fingers and toes, baby leashes, people that don't wrap their packages before going to the Post Office, poison ivy and Math (pretty much all of it) make me want to scream. My perfect day would be spent with my wonderful husband and sweet girls- watching movies in our jammies! Of course, having the movie theater to ourselves would be great, too. Please pass the popcorn and M&M's.:) I am saved by the grace of God. He is my constant companion and hears my every prayer. What a blessing! I'd love to hear from you! Lori at toosillysisters@cox.net

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Oh God, Please series by Leighann McCoy- review and giveaway!

The winner is #3- April!  Please contact me so I can get your address.:)  toosillysisters@cox.net

I recently had the tremendous privilege of reading two books by Leighann McCoy.  These two books changed the way I see God and the way that I talk to God.  Prayer is a privilege.  Leighann shows readers how to subdue the voice of doubt that keeps you from prayer, and reminds them that prayer is a two-way conversation – learning to hear God’s voice is just as critical to success in prayer as God hearing yours. If you're like me, you sometimes pray to God as if He's a bit like Santa.  It's not intentional.  We know God is listening but we're just not sure how to "listen" for an answer.  I wanted so badly to have a personal relationship with the Lord but wasn't sure how to begin.  In Oh God, Please Teach Me to Pray, Leighann McCoy shares with us how to have an intimate relationship with God.  A relationship that doesn't feel one sided, like a wish list or a chore to check off of your daily schedule.    Leighann shares personal life experiences (many of them quite funny- you'll be able to relate!) that helped her be able to educate others. The chapters are short with entertaining stories as well as a prayer to guide you- along with questions and suggestions in case you want to do this study with others- or on your own.  Oh God, Please Teach Me to Pray is life changing.  It has helped me feel much closer to God and I'm excited about the Lord shining through me!

Oh God, Please Help with my Doubt is also a life changing book.  Readers learn to recognize God’s voice, develop the ability to hear Him when he responds to prayers, and learn what to do when He doesn’t.  We all struggle with doubt from time to time.  Leighann McCoy focuses on David in this book.  As you read, you'll discover the trials that David went through, even though he knew that God loved him.  David struggled with doubt but always had faith that the Lord would be there for him.  His prayers weren't that he (David) would get what he wanted.  His prayers were that God would be glorified.  This is where I stumble, friends.  I don't often focus on what will bring glory to the Lord.  Oh God, Please Help with my Doubt is wonderful.  It helped me to reevaluate my faith and understand the tremendous love that God has for all of us.

It would be easy(ier) to write a book about prayer and doubt if life had been a walk down Easy Street, don't you agree?  Well, Leighann McCoy has certainly faced her share of giants.  She struggled with infertility and is currently battling cancer- for the second time.  She knows what it's like to question, have doubts, to pray and need answers from God.  Her personal experiences and tremendous faith are incredibly inspiring. 

Leighann McCoy, a Prayer and Women's Minister at Thompson Station Church and Lifeway Christian Resources, has an M.Ed in Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. She is also the author of Spiritual Warfare for Women: Winning the Battle for Your Home, Family, and Friends and Oh God, Please! The Heart Cry of a Burdened SoulPray Right!, and How to Develop Your Prayer Life with a companion book, three personal Bible studies for women, and one devotional book.

Freeman Smith is generously giving one of my readers copies of both Oh God, Please Teach me to Pray AND Oh God, Please Help with my Doubt!  If you would like a chance to win these books here is what you need to do:

1) Leave a comment on this post for 1 entry.
2) Leave a separate comment telling me you are a follower of my blog for 1 extra entry.

The giveaway will end next Monday, the 3rd.  Good luck!:)

*I was given copies of these books from PR By the Book in exchange for my honest opinion.  No other compensation was received.*


amy @ Life in Pink Hi-Tops said...

These sound like amazing books.

April said...

Sounds like some very good reads!

April said...

I'm a follower! ;)

Alicia said...

Looks like 2 good books.

Alicia said...

I am a follower.