The Prayer Saturated Family

Sacks, Cheryl. The Prayer Saturated Family: How to Change the Atmosphere in Your Home through Prayer. Bloomington, MN: Chosen Publishing. 2016.

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SUMMARY:
Author Cheryl Sacks shares the importance and power of prayer in family life. In her newest book, The Prayer Saturated Family, she demonstrates what happens when families pray together, how to take the necessary steps to action, and provides a daily prayer guide, all through personal stories, Biblical scriptures and lots of encouragement and examples. Family friendly with successful results!

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Written in a friendly manner with proof of prayer affecting family climate change, this book is easy to use and well written. As a national speaker and best selling author, Cheryl Sacks supplies the tools to starting a family on a path to a strong faith-filled life. Wonderful as a church resource, a Sunday school project, a family ministry or personal use, this book would also be a great gift for a young family or grandparents to share with their grandchildren. Organized and effective, the kick-start is so helpful!

RATING:
4 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of The Prayer Saturated Family from Chosen Publishing for my honest review*

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Called to Pray

Shepherd, Linda Evans. Called to Pray: Astounding Stories of Answered Prayer. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell Publishing. 2015.

SUMMARY:
calledtoprayFull of many testimonial stories of people being pressed to pray in different circumstances and situations, author Linda Evans Shepherd shares her own personal recounts of answering the need to pray as well as several others. Broken into categorized sections of prayer (Prayer for Souls, Prayer for Others, Prayer for Trust and Faith), each 3-4 page segment includes a Bible verse, personal story surrounding the need to pray, followed by a prayer. Though not every prayer is answered in the manner prayed for, each prayer included was fulfilled in God’s perfect method. Motivational and inspirational!

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Having read several of Linda Evans Shepherd’s previous books, I knew this one would be on my want-to-read list. Interesting, prompting, and inspiring, Called to Pray opened my heart and mind to listen to the necessity to pray. I found the style and length of each portion to be very easy to read in pieces or even straight through. Perfect as a gift, devotional or perhaps even a Bible study, Called to Pray was definitely uplifting!

RATING:
4 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Called to Pray from Revell Publishing for my honest review*

A Mom’s Prayers for Her Son

Teigen, Rob and Joanna. A Mom’s Prayers for Her Son: Praying for Every part of His Life. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell Publishing. 2014.

SUMMARY:
prayAs children grow, they need constant guidance and heart-felt prayers to cover every aspect of their lives. Parents, specifically moms, can have a huge impact on their sons and their developing faith, attitudes, choices and actions as well as the development of character, dignity, grace and convictions. While providing strong support and encouragement, Rob and Joanna Teigen share a collection of prayers for every aspect of your son’s life from the moment he was born…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Due to that special bond so many moms have with their sons, what better reinforcement than prayer can moms offer? Mixed with Bible verses, specific prayers and appropriately themed stories, A Mom’s Prayers for Her Son provides a strong starting point in praying. With seventy-five different areas covered regarding discipline, pressure, death, marriage, truthfulness and wisdom, each prayer is full of ideas and words yet allow for self expression and additions. Read as a devotional that can be prayed in a few moments, it is set up nicely to gravitate towards the necessary topic. A wonderful gift for a new parent or a seasoned parent, as every parent could use a shoulder to lean on while raising children.

RATING:
4.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of A Mom’s Prayers for Her Son from Revell Publishing for my honest review*

The Stress Cure

Sheperd, Linda Evans. The Stress Cure: Praying Your Way to Personal Peace. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell Publishing. 2014.

SUMMARY:
stressEveryone deals with stress in some form. In her book,  Linda Sheperd explains, encourages and emboldens you to pray away stress towards a life of peace. Through Bible characters, personal stories, prayer examples and bits of wisdom, The Stress Cure may help you do just that…find the cure for your stress.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
With many different “cures” for stress on the market (exercise more, eat better, relax often), this was a different approach (a stronger one). Linda Sheperd suggests battling your stress through prayer…not just any prayer, but trusting and committed prayer. Feeling God’s presence and control over your life should help overcome the stress. With chapters full of different causes/ types of stress (Negativity, Anxiousness, Frustration, Hopelessness), The Stress Cure is organized like a devotional or Bible Study with room to journal ideas or thoughts. Overwhelmed by stress can be a difficult way to live but finding God’s peace through prayer may help. To quote the author, “God is with you. He’s at work in your circumstances now.” That has to alleviate some stress!!

RATING:
4 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of The Stress Cure from Revell Publishing for my honest review*