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Reviewed by Sherri Fulmer Moorer for Readers' Favorite
I Pray Anyway: Devotions for the Ambivalent by Joyce Wilson-Sanford is a unique devotional that takes readers on a journey through the hills and valleys of faith. It's written in a stream-of-consciousness flow, giving it a unique perspective that feels more like an internal dialogue than your usual devotional book. The informal tone leads readers through a variety of topics, from good to bad, and everything in between. I Pray Anyway is a great journey of faith through a variety of life seasons and situations, as readers walk with the writer through her own journey of exploring faith through situations, seasons, and even comparatively with other belief systems.
I found I Pray Anyway: Devotions for the Ambivalent to be a refreshing change from the standard Christian devotionals. I like how Joyce Wilson-Sanford is bold enough to take readers straight into her mind when considering how difficult it can be to pray, especially in a full life. She simply shares her thoughts and feelings instead of over analyzing her thought patterns. I like how she's not afraid to share fear or confusion, which puts her on an equal level with her readers - unlike devotions from preachers who can sound lofty and unrealistic at times. Her stream-of-conscious reflective style is easy to follow, and even easier to relate to. I admire her honesty and how she shares struggles that I've had myself, and found this devotional to be "real" and inspiring in a unique way. I highly recommend this book, especially for new Christians, because the struggles are easy to relate to.