Theme Verse of the Book: Hebrews 11:1 â€œNow faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.â€ (NIV) Encouraging Verse: Ephesians 6:18 â€œAnd pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lordâ€™s people.â€ (NIV)
When Tricia Goyer and Robin Gunn first started writing â€œPraying for your Future Husband,â€ they found that instead of a manual filled with dos and donâ€™ts, they wrote a book filled with heartfelt testimonies. As I read through the pages, it felt like a letter written from one sister in Christ to another. Each chapter left me hanging on for more, yet got me thinking about what was just said. The chapters were easy to read, with helpful discussion questions at the end of each one. The book included just the right amount of their testimony, as well as short testimonies of others. One of my favorites was a story about a Jewish man and his Christian girlfriend. As things got more serious between them they got engaged. It was during this period that he told her about his beliefs. Since their faiths contradicted, they broke off the engagement. However, they remained good friends and her faith was a shining example to him. Once he accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior, they dated again. After much prayer and consideration he preposed. Now they are happily married, and sharing the gospel with the Jewish community. The writers summarized the points in each chapter by putting a list of what to pray for at the end of each one. The book taught me what to look for in a godly man, especially in the example of Robinâ€™s husband. Although this book is primarily for young women, there are principles young men can benefit from too. The layout is very appealing to young women because it includes quotes, scripture verses and places to write your own thoughts. Even when you are finished reading, you are encouraged to put the principles learned into practice, by having 365 Bible verses for use in prayer over the span of a year. I would recommend this for anyone who wants to discover the power of prayer. It is also good material to use in discussion groups.
Disclamer: I received this book for free from WaterBrookMultnomah Publishing Group on behalf of their Blogging for Books program!