I Told the Mountain to Move

Christianity Today Book of the Year Finalist.

In the critically acclaimed prayer memoir from award-winning author Patricia Raybon, the Colorado essayist sets out to learn the secrets of mountain-moving prayer. But will her broken marriage, a dying husband, conflicts with an adult daughter and her determination to pray for her household lead to a healed family and a renewed faith? In the page-turning depths of I Told the Mountain to Move, Raybon wrestles with her upbringing in a strict, churchgoing family, her questioning about her childhood faith, and her determination to return fully to God in adulthood. This wonderfully written book reaches across racial, denominational, and cultural lines as Raybon discovers that prayer is a deliberate discipline that draws the prayer warrior into a life-changing relationship with a mountain-moving God.


Patricia Raybon, a former Sunday Magazine editor at The Denver Post and former associate professor of journalism at the University of Colorado at Boulder, is the award-winning author of bridge-building books on faith, race and grace. She’s the author of the racial forgiveness memoir, My First White Friend (winner of the Christopher Award), a prayer memoir, I Told the Mountain to Move (2006 Book of the Year finalist at Christianity Today), a One Year® daily devotional study of Bible virtues, God’s Great Blessings, and a mother-daughter interfaith memoir, Undivided: A Muslim Daughter, Her Christian Mother, Their Path to Peace. Her personal essays have been published in the New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, USA Today, Country Living Magazine, Chicago Tribune, The Denver Post, Guideposts, Our Daily Bread, In Touch Magazine, Christianity Today, the Washington Post’s “Acts of Faith” blog and aired on National Public Radio. A Bible enthusiast, Patricia supports Bible-translation and literacy projects worldwide through Wycliffe Bible Translators, her favorite charity. A mother of two and grandmother of five, she and her husband Dan live in Colorado, her beloved home state. She welcomes visitors and friends to patriciaraybon.com