Holy Desperation

Praying as If Your Life Depends on It

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ISBN: 978-0-8294-4514-5

When life has driven you to your knees, the only thing that works is prayer.

Desperation has many faces: the addict who has hit bottom; the laid-off worker struggling to make the next house payment; the person who seems to have it all together but is wracked with fear, guilt, anger, or shame. We know we need help, but we are afraid to let anyone—especially God—see how broken we truly are.

In Holy Desperation, Heather King demonstrates that, when we're desperate, it's precisely the right time to cry out to God. King, a survivor of addiction and other forms of desperation, begins with the basics of how to pray when you're uncertain that God exists or when you feel that you're beyond God's reach. She challenges the assumptions that only the saintly can pray and that prayer ought to be tidy and nice. She reveals how prayer leads us beyond ourselves and into a life of purpose, lived for the good of others.

Ultimately, Holy Desperation is an invitation to engage in bold, come-exactly-as-you-are prayer, offering a way forward, upward, and outward for anyone desperate enough to cry out for God's help and presence. You are not alone.​

Author Bio

Heather King

Heather King is a Catholic convert with several books, among them Parched, Redeemed, Shirt of Flame, Poor Baby, and Stumble: Virtue, Vice and the Space Between.

2019 International Book Awards, Finalist: Christianity 

2018 Catholic Press Association Book Awards, Third Place: Prayer, Books about Prayer 

2018 Association of Catholic Publishers’ “Excellence in Publishing Awards,” First Place: Inspiration 

2018 Association of Catholic Publishers’ “Excellence in Publishing Awards,” Book of the Year 

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