CrossReaders Book Review: Organizing Your Prayer Closet by Gina Duke

CrossReaders Book Review: Organizing Your Prayer Closet by Gina Duke

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Title: Organizing Your Prayer Closet

Author: Gina Duke

Rating: 5

About the Book

This is a book about prayer, a devotional, and a 60-week journal all in one. A great resource for personal growth in the area of prayer.


Sometimes I think that with all that has been published on the topic of prayer, do we really need another book? But if the statistics quoted in the summary are anywhere close to accurate, then obviously there is a need! And then I think of my personal experience in this area – ranging all the way from consistency to only being prompted by need, and most often landing somewhere in the middle. So I decided that Gina’s book was worth examining, and I am so glad I did. Sometimes a writer’s style will especially “click” with readers, and I think Gina’s message in Organizing Your Prayer Closet will do exactly that for many Christians.

This is a book about prayer, a devotional, and a 60-week journal all in one. These are just a few things readers will learn:

• Offer up meaningful worship
• Grow spiritually by overcoming sin
• Hear God with clarity
• Remember prayer requests
• How to pray with scripture
• Develop faith and confidence in the sovereignty of God

Prayer journaling is something I’ve always wanted to do, but have been unsuccessful at so far. I found Organizing Your Prayer Closet inspirational, logical, simple to follow, and filled with principles that I can easily put into practice. Gina’s ideas have already made a big difference in my prayer life.

Gina asks this question in the introduction: “Why wouldn’t I record my petitions and God’s answers, unless I don’t think He answers them?” Then she goes into ten chapters dealing with areas of prayer-closet praying, combining personal stories with a passion and knowledge drawn from years of experience. Her non-intimidating style is conversational, easy to follow, and very motivational. Most people will shy away from something that looks like it will take a lot of time, but that’s not the case here at all. This is more of a way to sort out your thoughts before entering into a time of prayer.

Gina addresses the topic of petitions as one would expect, but there were several other chapters that I especially appreciated, like praise and thanksgiving . . . freedom and forgiveness . . . learning to hear God’s answers . . . the difference between ask, seek and knock . . . trusting in God’s sovereignty. One of my favorite quotes speaks a warning to all of us: “If you are serious about your spiritual growth, Satan will get just as serious – in a different direction.”

I highly recommend Organizing Your Prayer Closet, to seasoned Christian and new believers alike.

Thank you to and Abingdon Press for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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This review was submitted by: Carole Jarvis

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