About Janet

If you want to go deeper in prayer and God’s Word, you are in the right place. Both have saved Janet’s life–freed her from depression and fear, changed her marriage, and given her tools to walk confidently and purposefully every single day.

With her business name Looking Up! . . . she hopes that you will find personal strength by daily studying God’s Word and having a vibrant prayer life.

Through her writing and speaking, Janet will fill you with help from God’s Word, hope from her own stories, and honest humor from her heart.

Janet and Craig McHenry

After Janet graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a degree in journalism, she married her high school sweetheart Craig and worked as a newspaper reporter and editor.  They eventually settled down in the Sierra Valley in northern California, where Craig is a rancher and where there is not a single stoplight in the entire county. In their town of 700+ folks, she says they have raised four pretty good children and are now enjoying their ten grandkids, all of whom are perfect. Visit the Family Gallery

As a busy writer, speaker, prayer coordinator at her church, and board member of The Sierra Schools Foundation, Janet says her one pastime is friends!  And she looks forward to knowing you better! Find her on Facebook or her Looking Up! blog.

Janet has written the best-selling 50 Life Lessons for Grads, Girlfriend Gatherings, and two First Place for Health Bible studies, Training for Success and Stronger Every Day, as well as several on prayer:

  • The Complete Guide to the Prayers of Jesus: What He Prayed and How It Will Change Your Life Today
  • PrayerWalk: Becoming a Woman of Prayer, Strength and Discipline
  • Daily PrayerWalk: Meditations for a Deeper Prayer Life
  • Prayer Changes Teens: How to Parent from Your Knees
  • PrayerStreaming: Staying in Touch with God All Day Long
  • My Prayer Buddy Devotional: For a Sisterhood of Prayer Partners

She also has written hundreds of articles for newspapers and magazines, including Decision and Guideposts.  Additionally, stories about her transformation through prayerwalking and her passion for her community have been aired on radio and television stations around the country and have appeared in magazines such as Health, Family Circle, First, and Catholic Digest.


praywalkpsdIn 1998 Janet began prayerwalking the streets of her community, praying over homes and businesses. Shortly after her best-selling book PrayerWalk was released in 2001, she became known as the foremost expert on devotional prayerwalking and has won numerous awards including Writer of the Year (Mt. Hermon Writers Conference), Advanced Writers and Speakers Association Member of the Year, and Teacher of the Year (Soroptimists International). Read more…




  • Women’s retreats
  • Prayer conferences
  • School workshops and trainings
  • Prayerwalk events
  • Banquets
  • Church conferences
  • Writers’ workshops
  • Writers’ conferences
  • Bookstore readings/signingsand library and book-related events

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