Nothing will drive to your knees in prayer like becoming a mother. Those precious little souls are so vulnerable. Hopefully, you have been praying since before your children were even born – for their physical needs and safety, but more importantly for the things that will touch their souls. Perhaps though the exhaustion that often accompanies mothering has thwarted your prayer life. Not only may you find yourself falling asleep mid-prayer, but you may also have realized days have gone by without you having any sort of personal conversation with God at all.
I am pretty sure it has happened to all of us at some point. (Or am I the only one?). That’s why I was so excited when the packet of books arrived for me to review (associated with the movie War Room – about which I can’t tell you anything pro or con), to see a new book on prayer by Priscilla Shirer, Fervent: A Woman’s Battle Plan to Serious, Specific and Strategic Prayer.
Full confession here, I am rather the Priscilla Shirer fan. I find her books to be direct, practical and very scripture based. Having said that, this may just be my absolute favorite of all of her books. I judge how well I like a Christian book by how many little sticky flags I place on the pages. I often will quote these thoughts in my ministry (giving full credit of course). This one is covered in little purple flags!
I love the organization of this book. As usual Ms. Shirer is very organized in the way she writes. She begins with a basic coverage of prayer and specifically regaining your passion for prayer. She then covers nine specific categories she believes we should be addressing in our prayer life: our focus, our identity, our family, our past, our fears, our purity, our pressures, our hearts and our relationships.
Each chapter begins with a little “If I were your enemy” thought. I loved these and have already quoted one on the Parenting Like Hannah Facebook page. It’s a great way for her to frame a la C.S. Lewis how Satan must view his plans to derail us from the life God meant for us to live. The rest of the chapter is filled with her personal experiences and her insights based on scripture.
One of my favorite parts of this book is that it is filled with scripture. She not only gives the citations within the book, but provides the quotes as well. This is always my pet peeve about Christian books – having to flip back and forth within the book or between the book and the Bible to check out scriptures. Kudos to her for making it easy. Sometimes she adds her own thoughts after the scripture, but often she lets them stand on their own.
I won’t steal her thunder by quoting lots of passages. Let me just say this book is very practical, very well organized, very thought provoking and very scripture based. If you read this blog regularly, I rarely say you must absolutely own a book. I want to be respectful of your finances. I often say this book is worth reading, but to me that is very different from being a “must read”. This in my opinion is one of those “must reads”. It even has a tear out section in the back for prayers you can take with you wherever you go.
If you want help with your prayer life, I am sure there are plenty of resources that may help you. I personally would choose to purchase this one. I really think it has the tools you need to enrich, enhance and even jump start your prayer life.
A copy of this book was given to me for free in exchange for my honest review. An affiliate link is included for your convenience.