In a world searching for honesty and integrity, author Joy Wilson is leading the way by proposing a bold and daring approach to prayer. What would it look like to engage God in a wrestling match, and live to tell about it? In this bold and beautiful account of Uncensored Prayer, author Joy Wilson shares her insights and experiences of taking a radical risk with God.
In Uncensored Prayer, The Spiritual Practice of Wrestling With God, Joy invites readers to take the leap of faith into a simple idea: God wants to engage each of us in a loving, trusting, and ongoing dialog of restoration, unhindered by traditional structures. When we get real with God, the door opens wide enough for us to hear God’s suggestions, wisdom, and understanding.
Joy’s experience will both shock you and invite you into a radically deeper experience of spiritual communion with God, one that revolutionizes your prayer.
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.”
“Sublime and profane! How dare she say such things to God? How dare she not? It’s from being grounded in total honesty that Joy Wilson gets caught up in God’s love. Recognize. Joy has found her own voice in wrestling with God, and in wrestling with Joy, I hope to God you will find yours!” – Dr. Steve Stone, Senior Pastor, Heartsong Church
“Honest and freeing, Uncensored Prayer resonates deep within the soul, teaching us (the creation) to deeply connect with our Creator.” – Phil Shepherd, Eucastrophe, Ft. Worth
“A beautiful mix of raw, authentic prayers, personal reflections, and scripture, Uncensored Prayer is an invitation to engage with God in a deep, meaningful, and sometimes unfamiliar way.” – Kathy Escobar, author of Down We Go: Living Into the Wild Ways of Jesus
“Joy Wilson has given us a wonderfully simple, deeply profound, straight from the heart guide for being in conversation with God that is transformational.” – Diane Harrison, Pastor, Grace Place Ministries in a state penitentiary for female felons
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). You can find Joy on Facebook.
Retail Price: $13.99 Softcover | $8.99 e-book
Release Date: July 15, 2011