Book Review: Praying with Eyes Wide Open by Sherry Harney with Kevin G. Harney

"It is not that we have to pray continually; it is that we get to pray continually."

Title:  Praying With Eyes Wide Open: A Life-Changing Way to Talk with God
Authors: Sherry Harney with Kevin G. Harney
Publisher:  Baker Books
Release Date:  June 6, 2017
Genre: Non-Fiction / Christian Living

Often we view prayer as an activity reserved for a certain time, in a certain place, offered in a specific way. But Scripture encourages us to pray continually. This exhortation is an opportunity for prayer to permeate every aspect of our lives--when we're alone or in a crowd, when it's quiet and when it's chaotic, when we feel like it and when we don't.

Praying with Eyes Wide Open shows us how to make continuous prayer a natural part of our lives rather than something on our daily spiritual checklist. It helps us encounter God in new ways as we learn to 

- open our eyes to see his presence and the world around us
- open our ears to hear his voice
- open our hearts to experience freedom and power as we pray
- and open our lives as we pray for and with others

Do you want a richer, more transformative prayer life? This fresh take on conversing with your Creator is just what you need.

Praying With Eyes Wide Open by Sherry Harney with Kevin G. Harney is informational, insightful and invigorating. If you need a book on prayers, be it examples, or with biblical references or use it like a devotional, this is one to consider. This book reminded me of when I first prayed with eyes wide open, in a literal sense. I was on a trip overseas with a group, and during the training process, we had discussed the parameters of prayers for us in a foreign land.  The following quote pretty much summed up why prayers, in any stance are just as important.

"It is not a right posture but a right attitude that says, I am always ready to pray."

With the reminder, Praying With Eyes Wide Open also allowed myself to dig deeper, that ignites our love for our Creator, but also feel and see that He alone is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent.


How will you react? How will you start on a prayer journey with your eyes wide open? For seasoned followers, as well as new believers, the book's premise will satisfy all, and make a prayer warrior out of you. The understanding, and the helpful guides will start you on that ride, and allow readers to want to pray continually, and especially with eyes wide open. Remember:

"Something happens every time we pray."

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.



Sherry Harney is an author and a speaker who serves as the leadership development director at Shoreline Community Church in Monterey, California. She is also the cofounder of Organic Outreach International. For over two decades Sherry has spoken for local, national, and international groups and events. She focuses on prayer, spiritual formation, leadership, and organic outreach.

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Kevin G. Harney (MDiv, Fuller Seminary; DMin, Western Theological Seminary) led Corinth Reformed Church in Byron Center, Michigan, through a U-Turn experience from 1993-2006. He is currently senior pastor of Shoreline Community Church in Monterey, California. Harney is the author of Organic Outreach for Ordinary People, Leadership from the Inside Out, Seismic Shifts, Finding a Church You Can Love, and more than sixty small group guides, as well as curriculum and numerous articles. He also does extensive teaching and speaking both nationally and internationally. He lives in California.

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