Anything by Jennie Allen

Anything – The Prayer That Unlocked My God and My Soul.


The title of this book could not be more of a hook.  Maybe it is because I am right where she was when she prayed Anything and it changed her life forever. I want that!

A few years ago SJM contributor and my friend, Cristi, mentioned this book by Jennie Allen.  It wasn’t until recently that I signed up with Booklook Bloggers and made it my first book to review.

Although the title grabbed me immediately, the first few pages did not.  However, it did not last.  By the end of the first chapter I could not put it down.

Anything is an honest and transparent look into the life of Allen and how God took her from being a dutiful every day Christian and pastors wife to a beautifully free, crazy busy, Christ-seeking, no holds barred disciple in a matter of a few short years.  With accurate biblical references, Allen brought insight to the scriptures I had never thought about before. I cried.  I laughed.  I was inspired to pray Anything.  Now that I have (and will continue to) there’s no telling what God has in store for me and those it will consequently effect.

If you have a desire to serve God and further His Kingdom with reckless abandon, Anything is a must read.  I promise you will be inspired… and a little bit nervous.

(Booklook Bloggers provided a complimentary copy of Anything for my book review)

Prayers For My Teen Book Giveaway (Winner!)

The winner of the Prayers For My Teen Book is:

Jennifer Higgins

Congratulations Jennifer!  Please contact to claim your book.

Prayers for my teen original book


It’s giveaway time! Most anyone that has a teenager, or at least had a teenager in their lifetime, can tell you there are days when you are just trying to survive. We parents love our teenagers.  This doesn’t mean we always enjoy them.  Teens can be quite crazy at times.  Dealing with them can make a parent feel out-of-control.  During these times, I’ve felt the need to get away and pray. I have searched for biblical guidance.  It has been my experience that finding faith-based encouragement and practical advice when handling teens specifically, is scarce. My husband and I have two teenagers.  Over the past year I have referred time and time again to the advice of a man named Mark Gregston.  Mark and his wife, Jan, run Heartlight Ministries, a residential camp with counseling for teens in the East Texas area.  Each are youth ministers that bring with them 34 years of experience handling teens and troubled teens.  If you have a troubled teen that you feel might benefit from specialized Christian counseling, check out Heartlight Ministries here. Mark also has a website called Parenting Todays Teens where he shares his teaching, counseling advice and encouragement through our teens tumultuous years.  Personally, I love his podcasts/video blog.  They are short and have great practical takeaways. Meanwhile, I’ve ordered a book geared specifically to praying for my teens written by Mark Gregston named Prayers for My Teen. Prayers for my teen original book I ordered a second copy for one lucky giveaway winner! To play, just leave a comment telling me if you have teenagers, going to have teenagers or had teenagers.  In any case, most of us know a teenager that needs our prayers. Speaking of praying for teens ~ I covet your prayers for mine. Open to US residents only. The winner will be announced and emailed Thursday evening. Good luck!

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