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Believing in the Unexpected

Guideposts Books shares everyday experiences to prayer from readers.

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Faith is often presented as a matter of the head, a philosophical leap, a decision that’s settled once and for all.

As an editor at GuidepostsBooks, however, I’ve found that it’s so much more. Faith is also a matter of the heart, of real-life living, and of being open to the unexpected.

One of the things I do is work on Extraordinary Answers to Prayer, a book series that compiles true stories of everyday experiences in prayer.

We’ve received hundreds and hundreds of stories from all over the country about the extraordinary ways prayers have been answered. They range from action-packed thrillers and accounts of astonishing healings, to testimonies to God’s provision and quiet revelations of lessons in prayer.

When you read these stories, what you find inspiring isn’t so much the circumstances or events that happened, but rather the way people are changed by faith. And it’s always something unexpected.

One story that comes to mind is about a woman who joins a round-the-clock prayer vigil for a church member fighting cancer. Taking the 30-minute slot 4:30 am each day, this woman falls into a regular routine of praying for healing.

Oddly, after several days, she finds that she’s no longer sure who she’s praying for. In other words, she’s not sure who’s getting more out of the practice of prayer, herself or the other person. The experience is unexpected, and it changes her.

I love working on books that share these experiences. It’s like all the writers and readers are linked in real life, and in something that if only they keep turning their attention to how God works in that life, they’ll find something they’d never have dreamed would happen: a change within.

Would you like to share your story too? Please send it to me at dmorris@guideposts.org.

David Morris
GuidepostsBooks

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