Pray A to Z by Amelia Rhodes | Blog Tour and Guide to Prayer Prize Pack

Are you ready to change your community, one prayer at a time? Learn how to organize your prayer requests topically and lay the burdens of your community at the feet of our Heavenly Father with the help of Amelia Rhodes’ new book, Pray A to Z. Whether you are praying for a friend’s adoption journey, a neighbor’s bankruptcy, or a family member’s cancer, this book will give you Bible verses, prayer prompts, and prayer starts to guide you through praying for even the most difficult issues that affect the people you know and love. Perfect for either individual or group prayer, Pray A to Z will help you experience the peace that comes from communicating with God.

Learn more about Pray A to Z and how to pray for your community, and enter to win Amelia’s Guide to Prayer Prize Pack to get you started.

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Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on December 20. The winner will be announced December 21 on Amelia’s blog.

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{More about Pray A to Z}

Pray A to Z: Practical Guide to Pray for Your Community (Worthy, November 2016)

Change the world one prayer at a time.

How would our community change if instead of absently saying, “I’ll pray for you,” we actually did pray–deeply, intensely, and purposefully?

Pray A to Z: A Practical Guide to Praying for Your Community will help you topically organize your prayer requests and lay the burdens of your community at the feet of our Heavenly Father.

With compassion and encouragement, Amelia Rhodes offers Bible verses and prayer prompts, organized topically for every letter of the alphabet. There are five topics per letter–three prayers of petition asking God to work in a certain area of need, and two more prayers of praise to reflect gratitude for God’s presence in the daily issues and relationships of life. Through petition and praise, your specific, focused communion with God will lighten your heart as you place the heaviness of those prayer requests where they belong–on His strong shoulders.

Whether you are praying for a friend’s adoption journey, a neighbor’s bankruptcy, or a family member’s cancer, this book will give you Bible verses, prayer prompts, and prayer starts to guide you through praying for even the most difficult issues that affect the people you know and love. Perfect for either individual or group prayer, Pray A to Z will help you experience the peace that comes from communicating with God.

Learn more and purchase a copy.

Amelia Rhodes

{More About Amelia Rhodes}

Amelia Rhodes is a speaker and author of “Isn’t It Time for a Coffee Break: Doing Life Together in an All-About-Me Kind of World.” Amelia’s writing has also been featured in four “Chicken Soup for the Soul” titles, devotionals for the OneHope blog Undeterred and the international devotional “Upper Room.” Amelia has a growing speaking ministry and speaks regularly to women’s groups on topics of spiritual growth, friendship, and community, offering practical tools for living our faith in the everyday. She lives in Lowell, Michigan.

Find out more about Amelia at http://www.ameliarhodes.com.
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A practical guide to pray for your community

Amelia Rhodes helps readers focus their prayers on the needs of those around them

12/2/2016 || Seattle: A text from a friend. An urgent phone call from a family member. An announcement at church. Maybe even a share on social media or story from the news. Many needs surrounding us require prayer. Each request is valuable and worthy of time before the Father, but the sheer number of them can be overwhelming. In Pray A to Z: A Practical Guide to Pray for Your Community (Worthy Inspired/November 15, 2016/ISBN 978-1617957451/$14.99), author Amelia Rhodes helps readers topically organize their prayer requests and lay the burdens of their community at the feet of the Heavenly Father.

When faced with more prayer requests than she could count, Rhodes realized how often she was failing to follow through on praying for others long-term. She longed to participate fully in lifting up those around her rather than simply offering quick, fly-by prayers as she learned of needs. Rhodes sought the Lord’s guidance and help with being more disciplined in her prayer life, and an idea started to take root in her heart. “I realized how many people I knew were struggling with the same types of things — adoptions, cancer, marriages. The idea of praying by topic seemed natural, and then I decided to see if I could make an A to Z list of all the needs and struggles facing our communities today,” Rhodes explains.

Covering matters such as abuse, depression, hunger, persecution and more, Rhodes helps readers categorize requests into manageable groups. Each letter of the alphabet covers five topics, the first three of which are for prayers of petition asking God to work in a certain area of one’s life. The last two topics for each letter offer opportunity for praise, acknowledging God’s character and His work. “Don’t ignore the prayers of praise,” Rhodes encourages. “Just recognizing who He is lightens the load because you’ve placed the heaviness where it belongs — on His strong shoulders.”

Pray A to Z can be used in many ways, including personal quiet time, as a part of a small prayer group, during family devotions and in Sunday school classes. Readers can pray all the way through one letter each day, allowing them to complete the entire alphabet in a month, simply lift up one topic per day or utilize any other order or schedule that suits their needs at the time.

Rhodes hopes readers will experience a renewed excitement about prayer and enjoy a closer relationship with God. Beyond that, she prays they will become more involved with the people around them as God opens their eyes to the struggles others are facing and leads them to be His hands and feet of love to their communities.

Rhodes has developed a set of prayer cards covering many of the major issues in communities, as well as a downloadable guide for anyone who desires to begin a prayer group in his or her neighborhood or church.

Learn more about more about Amelia Rhodes and Pray A to Z at www.ameliarhodes.com, on Facebook (ameliarhodeswriter) and via Twitter (@amrhodes).

Advance Praise

“Have you ever longed to pray more effectively for your community? Amelia Rhodes has written an outstanding resource that will help you to initiate prayerful conversations with God. Pray A to Z will assist you in covering important topics in an organized way that will enrich your time alone with God. You’ll want one copy for yourself and several more to give to your friends.”

~ Carol Kent, speaker and author of When I Lay My Isaac Down

“Whether you’re a seasoned prayer warrior or just beginning to talk to God, Pray A to Z is guaranteed to bring new meaning to your prayer life. Profound in its simplicity, this book is an invaluable tool to keep us in conversation with God, and to keep the needs of others at the forefront of our minds. Because we pray to a God who answers, I can’t wait to see how this book changes the world around us.”

~ Jocelyn Green, award-winning author of Faith Deployed: Daily Encouragement for Military Wives

“We often respond to those we love by saying, ‘You’re in my prayers,’ but how many of us actually pray as we have promised? In order to help us find the words, Amelia Rhodes has crafted a spiritual guidebook to suit nearly every human hurt. This simple tool could heal many a heart and enable entire communities to join together in faith, hope, and love. It belongs on every nightstand.”

~ Julie Cantrell, New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of Into the Free and The Feathered Bone

About the Author

Amelia Rhodes is an author, speaker and self-proclaimed recovering perfectionist. She has a passion for taking the everyday stories of life and connecting them with God’s truths. Having been freed from the grip of perpetual anxiety, Rhodes has a growing speaking ministry through which she encourages women to discover who they are in Christ and to deepen their relationships with one another.

Rhodes has written for several publications including The Upper Room and four Chicken Soup for the Soul books. She is the author of Isn’t It Time for a Coffee Break?, offering a fresh perspective on women’s relationships. Her latest release, Pray A to Z: A Practical Guide to Pray for Your Community, helps readers topically organize their prayer requests and lay the burdens of the community at the feet of our Heavenly Father.

Rhodes lives in Michigan with her husband and two children.

Connect with Rhodes at ameliarhodes.com, on Facebook (ameliarhodeswriter) and via Twitter (@amrhodes).

Suggested interview questions

—Pray A to Z is not an instruction book on the mechanics of prayer, but rather a guide to praying for one’s community, born from your personal experiences. Where did the idea of praying from A to Z come from?

—You lead readers in praying through the alphabet for their community, but there are more than just 26 topics in this book. Share with us how the book is structured and how you organized the individual letters.

—Why did you feel it important to include aspects of praise and adoration, rather than having only need-based topics?

—What are some of the prayer needs you cover in the book?

—Why is it hard for us to pray with focused intention for the requests of those around us?

—Why do you encourage readers to write down their requests, the names of those they are praying for and the dates they started praying?

—Is Pray A to Z best used individually, or does it work in a group setting as well? Is it appropriate for parents to use with their children?

—Tell us about your process of prayer-walking in your neighborhood.

—What do you hope readers take away from this book?

—Do you have any additional or supplemental resources to help readers pray A to Z?

To request a review copy of Pray A to Z, to schedule an interview with Amelia Rhodes, or for more information, please contact Audra Jennings, audra@litfusegroup.com.

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