Thursday, January 9, 2014

Book Review: Praying for Boys

Praying for Boys: Asking God for the Things They Need Most is a wonderful new book by Brooke McGlothlin, co-founder of the online community, the MOB Society. (Mothers of Boys).  Brooke brings in her own experience as the mother of two boys along with much wisdom gleaned from other mothers of boys.  Praying for Boys is both practical and inspirational.  In the first section, Brooke shares some of the unique challenges we encounter as we raise our boys and why it's so important that we pray for them.  She reminds us that though we are ushering them toward adulthood, we cannot change their hearts.  Only God can change hearts.  Thus, it makes sense to use His own words when we pray for them.

The second section of Praying for Boys addresses 21 specific needs our boys have, such as heart change, obedience and overcoming fears, along with scriptures that speak to those needs.  I appreciate that this book makes it clear there is no formula to raising boys that love God.  By praying scripture over them, we are releasing each of those areas back to the Creator of the universe who cares more about their individual heart needs than we can ever comprehend.

Praying for Boys has certainly changed the way that I approach praying for my two boys.  Yesterday, in the middle of a (looooonnnnngggg) conflict resolution session, I found myself considering what scriptures I could pray over my child.  When I turn to the obedience section, I see this verse: "May (my boy) walk after You, God, and fear You and keep Your commandments and obey Your voice.  May he serve You and hold fast to You." Deuteronomy 13:4.  What a perspective change for me and what powerful words for him to hear.  I will keep this book close, right after I loan it to all my friends with boys!

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.
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