Called to Pray: Astounding Stories of Answered Prayer by Linda Evans Shepherd

There's no power like the power of prayer. Although this is something that I've already known, sometimes we all need a little encouragement. After reading Called to Pray by Linda Evans Shepherd, not only was I reminded of the awesomeness of prayer, I was also inspired by the amazing recollections written in this book.

When you feel a nudge to pray, what will you do? Most of us have felt it at one time or another: that unexplained prompting in our hearts to stop and pray for a friend, a loved one, or even a stranger. Sometimes we are even awakened from a deep sleep with an even deeper need to go to God in prayer. Where do those urges come from? Are they truly from God? Or are they merely stray thoughts? And if we respond in prayer, are others' lives affected at all?
In Called to Pray, Linda Evans Shepherd shares dozens of inspiring true stories of people who have heeded God's call to pray and the astonishing results of those impromptu prayers. Through accounts of people being protected from harm and rescued from danger, of needs being met and hearts being encouraged, you'll see that God is involved in an active and dynamic relationship with us--and that we can be part of his plan to bless others. If you have ever wondered if prayer has any real effect or doubted that God communicates with us personally, this heart-stirring book will amaze, inspire, and equip you to respond to those holy promptings.

Linda Evans Shepherd is an award-winning author, a popular speaker, and a radio personality. The president of Right to the Heart Ministries, she is the author of several books, including When You Don't Know What to Pray, Experiencing God's Presence, and The Stress Cure. She and her husband live in Colorado.

Throughout life, I've personally witnessed the true power of prayer. I've also listened to many positive testimonies from others, time and again. It's always so inspiring to hear them, and even more incredible when you actually experience first-hand what praying for someone or something really does. Whether it is a prayer for a loved one's safety, health of a friend, or a new job. No prayer is too large or too small for God. Called to Pray offers a remarkable collection of true stories told from people who felt a push to pray for someone.

The book contains ten separate categories/themes, such as Called to Pray for Protection and Called to Pray for Needs. In each category you'll find a collection of stories related to that theme. A Biblical scripture and special prayer are also included in the beginning and end of each story.

Reading Called to Pray was a very uplifting experience for me. We all know God is always listening, but at the same we may have moments where we struggle with truly knowing that. Perhaps we are having an off day or are going through tribulations. Called to Prayer is a wonderful reminder that God is listening and he does answer prayers. It also shows us that we shouldn't hesitate to pray for others, especially when we feel the strong urge to do so. This push may not just be a figment of our imagination, but a true calling from the Lord to communicate with him on behalf of someone else.