Praying from the Free-Throw Line-For Now

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Praying from the Free-Throw Line-For Now. By Minka Shura Sprague. New York: Church Publishing Incorporated, 1999. 119 pp. $11.95 (paper).

"The short form is this: the Bible is true, Jesus is real, God is faithful. There are free-throw lines everywhere for prayer; prayer works even when our eyes are closed" (p. 3). Sprague's eyes are anything but closed in this writing. This book is about God, life, faith, transparency and vulnerability. This book also leads us to see why God always referred to Wisdom in the feminine. Sprague lives up to that association in this devotional offering.

Praying from the Free-Throw Line-For Now is a collection of reflections, insights and inspiring stories of everyday encounters between God and God's people. Sprague has the gifts of observation, communication, and insight, and through these gifts she is able to see God at work in her life and the lives of others with a humorous and painfully insightful clarity. (Be sure to read the title story.) Her writing is also characterized by the ability to bring God's Word to bear upon life's everyday situations. Her recollections touch on both the light and hidden aspects of the divine and human conversation, those thoughts, feelings and ideas that live beyond language in art, poetry, laughter and the experience of love. She is remarkably transparent about her own life, yet one does not think or feel that this book is necessarily or intentionally an autobiographical statement. …