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Praying Upside Down by Kelly O’Dell Stanley

Do you often wonder if God hears your prayers? Do you pray the same thing over and over and still don’t receive any answers?

Do you ask yourself the following questions?

  • Is God listening?
  • Am I praying the wrong way?
  • Why won’t He answer?

I’m sure we’ve all gone through times when we’ve asked at least one of the above.

I have.

Perhaps we need to shake up our prayer life. Change things.

Kelly O’Dell Stanley’s book, Praying Upside Down will help do just that. It gives us fresh insight on how to pray. I love this explanation she provides:

praying upside down“Praying upside down is a way to move your prayers away from the expected so that you can learn something new, hear an answer you didn’t anticipate, or see God in a unique way. It isn’t a form of manipulation or an attempt to trick God into giving you what you want. And it’s not a time-consuming, difficult, lofty type of prayer. It’s a set of tools that will grow and change and adapt as you use them.”  –Kelly O’Dell Stanley

This book challenges the reader on how we’ve thought and been taught about prayer.

Ms. Stanley is an artist and she uses that perspective to teach us to step out of the box and contemplate how we can approach our prayer lives differently.

I enjoyed the “prayer palettes” at the end of the chapters. Each one gives a creative idea on how to approach the throne uniquely. I loved the “shift your perspective” concept. The chapter lengths were a good size and made it easier to read. My only negative comment about this book is there was one chapter that I thought she could have condensed. Other than that, I loved her personal stories and thoughts on prayers.

I give Praying Upside Down five stars.

I’ve seen the power of prayer. I’ve felt it. I believe in it.

And yes, God is listening. Sometimes, we just need to look from another angle.

This book will help give us that perspective.

And turn our prayer lives upside down.

I personally wouldn’t have it any other way!

**Book has been provided courtesy of The Blog Spot for an honest review.


I would like to give away my copy of Praying Upside Down. The contest rules are simple—leave a comment on the blog and you will be entered. Bonus entry– if you leave a comment AND share this post on Facebook you will get two entries (tag me on Facebook or let me know in the comments). Contest closes Saturday, May 30th at midnight. Enter now! (Open to residents of the USA and Canada only.)


  1. Brenda

    Sounds like a great book. Something God has been speaking to me a lot about lately. My prayer life! Would love to read this book…..

    • Darlene L. Turner

      This book was very timely for me with everything going on in my family. There’s power in prayer! I loved how she makes us think outside of the box. Very good book! Thanks for stopping by, Bren!

  2. Diane Spearing

    I am so thankful that there is the opportunity to pray. What a gift to be able to chat with God anywhere and anytime and to know that is makes him happy to hear from me.

  3. Dorian Horlor

    I would love to read this book, for a long time now I wonder if God does hear me, perhaps I could get some insight from this book

    • Darlene L. Turner

      She has some really creative ideas in this book. It make me really think. And her personal stories made the book easy to read. Your name is in the draw, Dorian! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. kellyostanley

    Darlene, I just found your review and wanted to tell you how grateful I am for your kind words! So glad you liked it and I appreciate the time and effort involved in doing this review. Nice to “meet” you and I look forward to checking out the rest of your blog as well. Many blessings!

    • Darlene L. Turner

      Hi Kelly!! Thanks so much for stopping by! Nice to meet you as well. Your book has powerful insights. God bless!


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