A few months ago I had the privilege of being on the launch team, and write a review, for Brooke McGlothlin’s How to Control Your Emotions So They Don’t Control You book. When the opportunity arose to join the launch for her upcoming book, I jumped at the chance. I have learned so much from Brooke, and I was really excited to be a small part of her team.
Praying for Boys- Asking God for the Things They Need Most is Brooke McGlothlin’s latest book. I had read portions of it when she first published Warrior Prayers years ago, and I knew this revised and completely expanded version would be good. I was right!
Over the past few days I have been fully convicted and utterly encouraged as Brooke talks about a way to parent my children that I haven’t capitalized to the fullest extent. I have been deeply broke, and very encouraged when I have considered my failure. I have failed my children in this area. I don’t pray for them enough. But the great new is, I can start now. Brooke has given me very concise tools to focus my prayers for my children in a manner that is pleasing to the Lord. I know it pleases Him, because it is coming straight from His Word!
Although the focus of her book is on boys (that is what God has blessed her with), I kept thinking how applicable this book is for girls as well. Not everything applies to girls, but the principles discussed sure do.
Brooke encourages us to pray over our children in so many important areas; obedience, overcoming fears, integrity, wisdom, pride, honor, purity, a servant’s heart, the fruit of the Spirit, anger, forgiveness, and salvation. For each topic, she shares some wisdom, has some prayers based on Scripture written out, and some discussions questions to encourage you to think about what you just read. I love the prayers! Praying Scripture over my children is something I have done in the past, and I am excited about starting that discipline again.
I think it would be so neat to create some of these scripture prayers to frame and hang in the children’s rooms. I hear that Brooke is going to release some super neat resources to go along with the book as well! I can’t wait to see what she has put together!
In one portion of the book, Brooke asks, “What will we sacrifice so our boys can have the best life we can possibly give them?”. I have really pondered that one. I am a very busy mommy. I don’t know any moms who aren’t busy. But, can I sacrifice yet a little more sleep so I can go to battle on my knees for my children? Isn’t that a small price to pay? I only have the children for a very short while. This is a short term sacrifice. There will be time for sleeping, wasting time, or Facebook later. ;) She concludes this particular section with a challenge. “If you don’t know what you need to sacrifice, pray and ask God to gently remove anything that doesn’t bring glory to Him during this season of your life.” Umm… ouch! But, “Yes!”, my heart screams a resounding, “Yes!!”.
I strongly encourage any parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, or anyone who loves a child, to get a copy of Brooke’s book, Praying for Boys, read it, and ask the Lord if He would have you to put any of the principles into practice in your home. You will be encouraged!
Disclosure: I was given a copy of Praying for Boys to review. All opinions are mine. I have not been compensated in any other way for reviewing this book. You may visit our disclosure policy if you would like more information on how we handle affiliate links.
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