At some point in our movement’s evolution, someone said, “We know that God is not a man, so let’s stop referring to God as ‘he’.” With that simple and obvious revision, a quantum leap occurred in how we express and verbalize our unique beliefs. Now Rev. Linda Martella-Whitsett, in her new book How to Pray Without Talking to God: Moment by Moment, Choice by Choice, has said in essence, “We know that God is not a separate being apart from us, so let’s stop praying to God.” And with this book, I believe another quantum leap in how we express and verbalize our theology will occur.
In very easy-to-discern language, Linda gives us the understanding and tools to change the way we pray by first changing the way we see ourselves. We teach and know that we are made in the image and likeness of the divine, yet so much of our prayer language is still steeped in a victim consciousness of helplessness, pleading and separation. This book will help the reader move from, as Charles Fillmore said, “a race of praying beggars” to fully expressed beings who realize that we ourselves are the answer to our prayers.
In making erroneous such terms as “divine potential” and “God is in charge,” as well as language that personifies the divine, Linda gives us the gift of affirmative prayer, not as a way of getting stuff in our lives but as a way to realize and express our divine nature. In so doing, we will naturally manifest divinely. By first identifying with our divine nature and fully embodying the qualities we attribute to God (Fillmore’s 12 Powers), we begin to view prayer not as a way of asking an external power to fulfill our needs, but as a way to express that divine nature so that our needs are met and our situations resolved from a higher, more empowered consciousness.
After establishing the why, Linda proceeds to give us the how in chapters that explain denials, affirmations, prayer and meditation in clear and inspiring ways, ending with beautiful suggestions of how to pray affirmatively with others.
This is a book that helps us more accurately align our verbiage with our beliefs. At a time in our history when we are striving to more clearly identify who we are and what we believe to the world, this is a book that needed to be written … and needs to be read.