Thursday, June 6, 2013

Prayer Warrior Mom Book Review


I am so glad I requested a review copy of Prayer Warrior Mom.  God has entrusted parents with a huge responsibility and He has also given us an amazing gift.  We want to be the parents God has called us to be, but we don't always know how to intercede for our precious children. In her book, Marla Alupoaicei gives wonderful insight into exactly how we should pray.  It includes scriptural references that tell the how and why. 
This book includes fifteen chapters with titles such as:
Pray Scripture, Stand in the Gap, Pray with Power and Authority, Fast for Spiritual Breakthrough, Hold Your Children Loosely...

At the conclusion of each chapter is Today's Prayer followed by a page called Sword of the Spirit with more scripture relating to the chapter.  Also, there are small group discussion questions to follow each chapter.  This book could be done in a group of moms who come together to support and discuss or it could be done alone as you prayer and seek discernment in your own prayer life for your kids.  I think it would be neat to go through this book and keep a journal of ways the Holy Spirit touches your heart through this book and then to journal the prayers you pray for your children after having read it. 

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  I am not obligated to give it a positive review.  However, I think this book is a fabulous resource and plan to keep it at arm's reach so I can refer back to it.

In Broken Places Book Review

In Broken Places

Shelby’s life isn’t glamorous, but it is predictable—and that’s the way she likes it. A survivor of her father’s violence, she has spent a lifetime creating a safe existence devoid of dependence. But her carefully managed world begins to break when, under staggering circumstances, she becomes a single mother to four-year-old Shayla. In a drastic attempt to escape her childhood’s influence, Shelby moves to Germany, but she quickly discovers how intimately linked memory and healing are—and how honestly she must scrutinize her past in order to aspire to a richer future. As she juggles a new job, a new culture, a new daughter, and the attention of an enterprising man, Shelby’s fresh start becomes a quest for the courage to be not only a survivor, but someone who prevails.

I really wanted to like this book.  I enjoyed the character development and thought the plot was a good one.  I found it difficult to read because the story kept jumping in time from present day to a few months earlier to flashbacks from Shelby's own childhood.  I just found it disjointed and a bit difficult to stay with. 

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.