Monday, January 14, 2013

Upside-Down Prayers for Parents by Lisa Bergren

I have read several books by Bergren and again I am not disappointed with this one. Upside-Down Prayers for Parents consists of 31 devotions that are meant to be used over a period of 31 days. This devotionals purpose is to encourage parents to pray for their children in a way they may
have never considered before. "I pray you'll have to wait - and learn the value of patience. I pray you'll get so weary you give up - and learn that with submission comes strength. I pray you'll love a job - and know that your Provider has not forgotten you." These are just some of the titles in this upside down prayer devotional. Each devotion consists of  a prayer, applicable verse, content devotion, area to write a personal application and relevance for younger or older children.

This one was hard for me at first. To pray in such a way for the people I daily protect, love and guide was difficult; I felt like I was welcoming harm, sorrow, and pain to come to my children. As I made my way through the devotional I realized my children needed this type of prayer in their lives in order for them to grow as a Christian. I personally experienced several of these upside down prayers in my own life growing up and they made me the person I am today. I want my children to GROW in Christ, experience things and learn from them; learn what went wrong, learn about their heart attitude, learn about trusting in God's care; but that needs to begin in me (the Parent/ the example/ the teacher).
Take the time to pick up this one as a personal devotion or gift for a special parent in your life.
*This book was sent to me by Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for my honest review.

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