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I PRAY ANYWAY—Devotions for the Ambivalent by Joyce Wilson-Sanford is comprised of 365 daily reflections and 12 monthly personal stories. It tells of the author’s return to a prayer/devotions practice as she shares her own very naked, very funny, very touching prayers and reflections. The book also shares Joyce’s personal history of bumps and bruises both in her life and in her spiritual growth. This is not a didactic book. The author has no answers for others, but shares how and why she prays. Her inclusive approach, practical voice and humorous compassion welcome anyone wanting to have their own devotional practice beyond their own ambivalence—to pray anyway. Joyce speaks the language of the spiritually independent and articulates the ambivalence of the growing group who are religiously disenfranchised. Joyce's life has had its share of profound challenges and she has gone through many permutations of devotional practices—including having none—and now has emerged with a very real engaging wisdom that she shares in this book. "While more and more people are disassociating themselves from an official religious affiliation, most of us still crave the sort of wisdom that faith provides. Here are 365 'prayers'—you might also call them poems or musings or mantras—that offer tastes of this knowledge like sips from a glorious wellspring. Consumed all at once or savored over time, these prayers will make you reflect on your own understanding of the divine. Often funny and always heartfelt, they act as a guide to a greater sense of gratitude and awe." Corinna Nicolaou author THE NONE’S STORY (Colombia University Press)

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Joyce Wilson-Sanford is a former Executive Vice President for a global company, The Delhaize Group. She now works as an executive coach and is a keynote speaker and leader of workshops on innovation, leadership development, and large system change. She turns to writing with the same energy and commitment that she brings to her professional work and is the writer of three blogs—I Pray Anyway, CEO: Note To Self, and Truth Burps—all can be found at readjoyce.com Joyce's work and point of view are global. Her recent work as a global executive took her to Belgium, Greece, The Czech Republic, Romania, Thailand and Indonesia. Now, Joyce and her husband live and work from Maine, splitting their time with Mexico. Joyce brings a unique voice to all her endeavors and insists that life and work have meaning and spiritual depth (which automatically means fun and humor) in an easy and natural way.

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KIRKUS REVIEW A collection of candid prayers thatvacillate between faith and doubt, pleasure and pain, and virtue and vice.
Debut author Wilson-Sanford doesn'tsugarcoat her spiritual experiences in these prayers. Her "devotions for theambivalent" reflect the transcendent power of prayer and spirituality but alsothe many human follies that keep people from such transcendence. For example,on the positive side, she writes, "To think prayer produces results / Nowthere's an idea / Not just comfort or yearning as a last resort / But a force /... / Not mental shenanigans / ... / But transforming energy." On the other hand,though, she writes, "No prayer tonight / Just thrashing / Lashing out at my owndistractions / Too busy being mad at me / ... / Oh well / More to come." Anothertheme is the importance of looking outside oneself. In one prayer, she writes,"There is a world out there / Try that on / Soldiers on any side who want to behome /... / Hungry, hungry people in a fat land / Try those lenses on."Wilson-Sanford also includes short reflections on her own life at the beginningof each of 12 "months" containing 365 short prayers in total. In these, shedescribes her fluctuating faith during her youth, the strength that prayerbrought her at various change-points in adulthood (including marriage, divorce,single parenting, and stepparenting), and finally, the spiritual progression ofher later years. These stories, too, reflect ambivalence: "Under duress, Iturned to God-ness. / During good spells, not so much."
The key characteristic of thisprayer collection is its authenticity. These devotions have their ups anddowns, and yet despite occasional backsliding, there's a subtle spiritualmaturation as the book goes on. The prayers wouldn't be complete without Wilson-Sanford'sautobiographical reflections, as they give important context to both her faithand inner turmoil and provide real-life examples of the ebb and flow of life,which many readers will be able to relate to. Although there are sporadicChristian references, the author emphasizes spirituality over religiosity,sometimes even criticizing traditional religion: "Modern religion has a problem/ Of being bored with itself / Yadda yadda yadda / Droning hymn." Not all theprayers are equal in quality; some are too vague to carry great meaning, andothers include language that lacks the poetic mood of other verses ("Get behindme, Monkey Mind / Shut up, Words / It's my experience, so I'll have it"). Thevast majority, however, are full of wisdom and humor, validating readers' owndifficult spiritual journeys and encouraging them to use prayer as a means totransform themselves and the world around them. Also, if the prayers are readcontinuously instead of sporadically, they do begin to sound redundant and losesome of their energy; hence, they are best savored and pondered individuallyrather than devoured all in one sitting.
These genuine prayers will inspirereaders to pray despite fluctuations in one's soul and in the world.

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