River Jordan is a writer of Southern Gothic novels, a playwright, public speaker, producer and host of a Nashville radio program. She is the mother of two sons in the military, one being deployed to Afghanistan, the other to Iraq.
Jordan knew she would need something to focus on other than the fear she had for her sons living and working in war-torn countries. So, she made a New Year’s resolution to pray for a complete stranger, one every day, for a year. Every day of 2009 she prayed for a stranger; every one different and all the same, people she did not know who were in her path and needed prayer. A woman of faith, but not gifted with evangelism, this was definitely a challenge.
In her book, Jordan, tells some of the stories she heard from her strangers of the day. Some are amusing, others sad, many inspiring, and a few are striking in the perfect timing of the encounter. She learned a lot about people but what she learned about herself was enlightening and life changing and surprised her the most.
What started out as an exercise to ease her fears while her sons were in harm’s way became an extraordinary journey of caring, praying, and grace.