Monday, April 15, 2013

Book Review: Prayer Warrior Mom

Prayer Warrior Mom
By Marla Alupoaicei
Thomas Nelson, 2013
English, 256 pgs

Moms, are you struggling with patience? 
Worrying about your children’s spiritual development? 
Concerned about their social or behavioral issues? 
Wondering how to get it all done when there’s just never enough time?

Author Marla Alupoaicei knows that today’s Christian moms want to be the parents God intended. They desire to pray boldly and stand in the gap for their kids. But many mothers haven’t been equipped with the prayer skills, scriptural knowledge, and practical strategies to fight the spiritual battle for themselves and their children.

Marla is no stranger to these trials. She has felt the simmering frustration and discontentment that come from the constant tension of trying to do it all for her family. But as Marla began to turn everything over to God in prayer, He granted her an attitude of gratitude, the antidote to despair. “When you and I choose to praise the Lord, He will be fully present in our hearts, in our homes, and with our children,” she says.

In Prayer Warrior Mom, Marla invites you to walk with her through fifteen life-transforming principles that will empower you to effectively intercede for your children. Learn to cultivate your own attitude of gratitude, pray Scripture, be persistent, pray with power and authority, be your children’s #1 advocate, hear God’s voice above the noise of daily life, and much more!

“The only real power we have on this earth is the power of prayer. Our potent prayers for our kids connect them with the reality of God and His will for their lives,” Marla says.

Mom, this is your year. Your year of spiritual breakthrough. Your year to see your children start loving God and living for Him. What are you waiting for? Become a Prayer Warrior Mom today!

 I read books like this with a journal next to me, writing down parts that are especially meaningful for instructional for me. My hand kinda cramped up on this one. There is so much good in this book. I did not agree with 100% of what she says in the book, but I also learned some new things about myself as a mother while reading this book.

Each chapter has the body of the chapter with a prayer at the end. Then there is a page of "Sword of the Spirit" which is verses from the Bible which pertain to the previous chapter and a page of Small Group Discussion Questions. The questions are very thought provoking and would make a really good semester or summer long group study.

Some of the nuggets I got from the book:
  • Motherhood is a holy privilege.
  • As your spiritual influence and wisdom increase, so will Satan's attacks on you and your family. (Preach it sister!)
  • We must pray with both the power and the authority granted to us by God.
  • Take time away for yourself. (I wanted to enlarge this page and post it on the bathroom mirror with these words highlighted!)
  • Our kids will sense our love when they see us devoted to prayer.
  • Sometimes we are not ready to receive a blessing when we first ask God for it.
  • The only real power we have on this earth is the power of prayer.
  • Turn a negative label (on your kids) into a positive, exciting one. (He isn't stubborn...he persists in the face of obstacles!)
  • Grace looks a lot like patience.

 I think this book is well researched and written. There is a lot of anecdotal evidence in each chapter, but there is also ample Scripture evidence. It's a nice balance.

 I have a young lady at church who is pregnant with her first child and I'm going to give her this book. I think the sooner we start praying for our children, the sooner we start protecting them.

 I received a copy of this book from Book Sneeze in exchange for an honest review. No additional compensation has been received.

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