Civitas Press is pleased to announce that we are partnering with Joy Wilson for the release of her first book, Uncensored Prayer: The Spiritual Practice of Wrestling With God. Uncensored Prayer is about the practice of discussing everything with God, risking honesty to gain intimacy with the One who loves us best. God longs to share uncensored dialogues with everyone; no topic, language, or feeling is unholy. It’s struggling through anger, faith, pain, hope in every aspect of our lives. Winning is not the point. Restoration of love and trust is.
Wrestling with God is not about religion. Religion has nothing to do with this practice. What God wants to share with each of us is a loving, trusting relationship, unhindered by traditional patterns of prayer. When we get real with God, the door opens wide enough for us to hear God’s suggestions, wisdom, and understanding. Any time we come to God like this, it’s win/win.
Joy states, “I have wrestled with God since I was a teenager, alternating between what I thought was the “right” way to pray and just plain yelling at him. The wrestling grew out of traumatic experiences with males who promised love but delivered wrath. I mistakenly thought God was one of them. I believed He heard my prayers, but didn’t answer them because I was at fault.
Over time, I learned God loves me as I am, warped, wounded, and precious. He and I laugh, cry, and occasionally scream together, wrestling in the dirt when that’s what I need, because I can’t do that with anyone else without offending them. God is incapable of being shocked or offended by anything we throw at him. He is truth himself, and values truth from us.”
Joy and her husband, Bud, are two life-long hippies. They live in Bartlett, TN, with six cats, two dogs, and a timber wolf hybrid. She is an Outlaw Preacher and an active participant in Kairos Prison Ministry. Joy’s musical tastes include Stevie Ray Vaughn, Joni Mitchell, old scratchy-record blues, and the great classical sacred choral works. You can usually find her at home writing in long-hand, or intently reading history and mystery books. Joy has contributed to Not Alone (Civitas, 2011).
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