The winner is...Brandy Brewster! Congrats, Brandy!
Thank you to everyone who entered!
I am the mother of a boy. An adorable, sweet, caring, funny, snugly boy; a rotten, mischievous, rebellious, loud, stubborn boy! Never in my years of parenting had I felt my failure and insufficiency as a mom more than after I had my son, and never had I been forced to rely more on grace and help from God than after that much-longed-for little guy joined our family. We had three fairly mild, well-behaved little girls; then Mr. D arrived and everything we thought we knew about parenting disappeared. Fast. As he grows I see positive changes and much improvement, but there are still many times when I'm driven to my knees to ask for guidance in raising this complicated little guy who I absolutely adore and who drives me absolutely crazy! Unfortunately, that's the problem too much of the time...I'm driven to my knees in desperation when the problems and conflicts could be handled far better and sometimes even avoided entirely if I had prayed first. But, what, exactly, do I pray? So often my prayers seem like rote recitations because I have a hard time forming the deep feelings of my heart into words, and I fall into the habit of simply "praying to be praying".
That's why I think Praying for Boys is such a Godsend.
To be honest, I'm a little leery of books and articles which encourage one to "pray God's Word over"
someone. It sounds almost like using Bible verses as some sort of magic potion. (My own strange opinion, probably....) But I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this is not the case at all, at least not with Brooke. Instead, the advice she gives and the scriptures she uses are an excellent way to learn how to pray for my son using God's Word as a guide. I want my son to grow up to be strong in his faith; a man who understands Scripture and lives by it. What better way to train him up in this way than to apply Scripture to his life daily, through prayer?
I have highlighted nearly all of the book. Seriously. Besides the prayer helps, there is so much good stuff packed into this book! I even discovered some tips on how a Christian should deal with controversial subjects in social media! Interesting, huh? If you're the mom of a boy, and if you are struggling with knowing how to pray for him the way you really want to, if you need encouragement in your parenting journey, and if you want to train your son in the ways of God's Word, read this book. I highly recommend it!
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