As you may or may not know, I love books. I love reading them, and eventually I will be writing a few of my own after this academic writing is over. One of my other passions is prayer. I pray about almost everything. It isn't always the knee-bending, hand-folding prayer that most are familiar with, but it is me pouring out my heart at random moments throughout the day.
I recently had the opportunity to combine two of my loves in a wonderful book entitled Praying for Girls by Teri Lynne Underwood. I was excited for the chance to get into it! Just a note of housekeeping, the wonderful people at Bethany House graciously provided this book for free. It is my pleasure to share with you my honest review. Click on the link to get your own copy and be sure to come back here and let me know what you thought!
Praying for Girls is a sweet book, from a purposeful perspective - the book was written by a "girl mom" to other moms of girls. As a mom to a soon to be 2-year-old, I am constantly in prayer for her as I know my mother was for me. However, I noticed that my prayers weren't necessarily targeted prayers in a sense. I prayed for her health and general well-being, that she would learn to love the Lord, etc. Reading through the book, gave me an outlined approach on how to specifically pray for my daughter in the areas that would concern her most as she grows into a young woman and beyond.
The book not only provides areas of specific prayer, but it also has scriptural support for each chapter within those sections. You can insert your daughter's name as you pray the word of God over her life. That was special. I was drawn in by Teri's stories and how she provided personal examples to get the reader to understand the concepts she relayed. It was so relatable, I felt like I was getting advice from a girlfriend; one who had already traveled the road I am currently on, and was passing on her precious jewels from the journey. One of the key features is that the Girl Talk activity at the end of each chapter is adaptable to girls of all ages.
I would recommend this book to any mom (or guardian) of girls who want to gain an understanding of how and/or what to pray for their daughters. It was not only informative for me as a mom (really enjoyed the Just for Mom section), it also caused me to do a little reflecting in my own life and seeing the spaces that I need to pray for personally as a grown-up girl raising a little girl in Jesus.
From My Praying Mamma Heart to yours,