Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Prayer Warrior Mom

I picked up a copy of the book Prayer Warrior Mom: Covering your kids with God's blessings and protection by Marla Alupoaicei because I wanted to learn how to intentionally pray for my child. It felt like my prayers had been stale and repetitive, and I wasn't even sure if I was praying God's will for my daughter. The first lesson I picked up from this book was that my grateful attitude has power in my daughter's life. I didn't think about the effect of my gratitude versus my complaining. I am grateful for many things in my life, but didn't ponder whether or not I demonstrate this on a regular basis at home. Nor did I think about how my attitude in this area can influence my child's attitude toward materialism or the blessings in our lives. As the author says, "An attitude of thankfulness does not just happen to us; we must learn to intentionally cultivate it." The author goes on to explain that although the husband is the head of the home, the mother is the heart of the family. It is within my power to influence the mood and tone within my home, and that has to start with prayer. I need to be clean before God and focus on His Word and goodness in order to cultivate my relationship with Him. It is only within this relationship that I can find power for my prayers. And in that power, I can be a positive influence on my daughter. The book is broken up into easy to understand sections that build upon one another. The author talks about the conditions for answered prayer as she leads you into persistence and praying God's will. I enjoyed how each chapter ends with quotes and scripture for further thought. This led me to dig into the Bible on my own to find more about prayer and being the heart of my household. After the scripture passages, there are also questions designed for small groups. I felt these served well for reflection and journaling on my own. Overall, the book was well-written and easy to relate to. The author felt like a neighbor with whom I was having coffee and discussing our children. She tackled the subject with ease, while inviting the reader to take the matter seriously and stay connected with God while working toward spiritual breakthroughs for your children. I enjoyed this book, and imagine I will return to its wisdom throughout my daughter's adolescent years. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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