Title: Prayer Warrior Mom
Subtitle: Covering your kids with God's blessing and protection
Author: Marla Alupoaicei
Genre: Christian Living, Family
As the subtitle states, this book is for moms that want to learn how to pray for their children. The author focuses on 15 concepts:
1. Cultivate an attitude of gratitude
2. Pray Scripture
3. Stand in the gap
4. Satisfy the conditions for answered prayer
5. Pray with power and authority
6. Get help when you need it
7. Learn to love to pray
8. Be persistent
9. Fast for Spiritual breakthrough
10. Hold your children loosely
11. Hear God's voice above the noise of daily life
12. Be your child's number one advocate
13. Discern God's Will for your children
14. Live with a spiritual perspective
15. Model forgiveness and grace
Yes! That is a lot! The author writes this as a "how to" manual for moms. This is way too many things to focus on at once. I think that reading it all in one sitting may make a mom feel inadequate, like there is no way to accomplish all of that! The material is fantastic, it is just too much to take in at once.
I would suggest that a mom (especially a new mom or mom to be) take this book one chapter at a time. Do not read the entire book in one sitting. Read one chapter and try to apply it. After you have worked in that one concept and feel good about it, then go on and take on another chapter.
I enjoyed Chapter 10 about holding your children loosely. The author starts with this quote from Robert Brault, "It is one thing to show your child the way, and a harder thing to then stand out of it."
She shares personal stories and the stories of friends that apply to topic at hand. She then includes a prayer for the day, the "Sword of the Spirit" section that contains relevant scriptures and small group discussion questions.
This chapter hit home for me especially since the sermon this week at church was about Matthew 6:25-34 and how to handle anxiety. Like most moms, most of my anxiety is centered around my children.
Like I said earlier, I would recommend this book to moms but that they read it small doses. It is a "to do" list that is impossible to complete. It may make new moms or moms to be feel really inadequate if they read this and think that they need to do all of it. I would suggest that they read it in small doses.
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the Thomas Nelson Publishing Company and their Book Sneeze program in exchange for an honest review.