River Jordan


River Jordan




River Jordan Author of Praying for Strangers

River wanted to change the world around. She now encourages everyone to find their way to make an impact on those around them.

One simple idea...

One surprising year...

One inspiring memoir that will transform lives...

River Jordan shares her incredible journey of a year of "Praying for Strangers."  For a full year, River kept a resolution to pray for a different stranger every day.  While her sons were both deployed to war zones, River focused daily on complete strangers instead of the concerns of her own heart.  The "Praying for Strangers" keynote includes heart touching, life-changing, and often humorous moments of a very normal person walking through an amazing year of connecting with people in a new way.  River shares stories of the people she encountered along the way, how those experiences changed her life forever, and how making a human connection can change the lives of all those who dare to slow down and listen to a stranger's story.

As 2009 approached, New Year’s resolutions were the last thing on River Jordan’s mind. Her sons were both about to go off to war—one to Iraq and the other to Afghanistan — and she was planning a family reunion to see them off. All River could do was pray for her sons’ safety and hope to maintain her strength, until she unexpectedly came upon the perfect New Year’s resolution—one that focused on others instead of herself. She would pray for a complete stranger every single day of the year.

In Praying for Strangers, River Jordan tells of her amazing personal journey of uncovering the needs of the human heart as she prayed her way through the year for people she had never met before. The discovery that Jordan made along the journey was not simply that her prayers touched the lives of these strangers (in often astounding ways), but that the unexpected connections she made with other people would be a profound experience that would change her own life forever.

Confessions of a Christian Mystic: With a unique mix of passionate revelation and quirky humor, River Jordan takes us on a journey through her Southern childhood to her present-day life as a novelist. Her stories run the gamut from dancing disco nights and midnight desert rides to surprise visitations with the Divine. Included are comforting letters to personal friends and loved ones about faith, death, heartbreaks and their futures. Confessions of a Christian Mystic is a highly original work about an extraordinary faith that never loses touch with current culture or everyday realities. Jordan invites us to join her for her wild ride searching for the holy mysteries of God.

Ms. Jordan teaches and speaks around the country on “The Power of Story,” and produces and hosts Clearstory Radio on WRFN, 107.1fm Nashville.

River talks on a number of different topics, as she speaks on a variety of things. She is a to the power of story, being human, and connection, among other topics.

When not traveling the back roads of America, River lives with her husband and their Great Pyrenees lap dog, Titan in Nashville, Tennessee. She thinks about where stories come from – places and people and moods of the heart while rocking on her front porch. And long after the sun sets over the ridge, she waits for the moon to rise, watches the stars come out, and stares off into the blue-night sky believing with all her might.

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Event Reviews

“River is amazing! We are so glad that she was with us! Two thumbs way up!”

— Edenton Street UMC

"We recently invited River Jordan to share with several groups in our church around the theme of Praying for Strangers. It was a wonderful experience! River is a gifted writer and communicator with a powerful message. In her humble and gentle way she challenged us with her personal story to step out of our comfort zones and dare to pray for those strangers that intersect our lives every day. River and her staff were a pleasure to work with – they were incredibly accommodating to our needs. If you are looking for a God-honoring and fresh approach to challenging every member of your church in the area of prayer, I highly recommend River Jordan!" 

— Holland Park Church


  • River Jordan - Praying for Strangers: 37.62 min

  • Interview with the Author: River Jordan: 3.57 min




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