Operation Prayer Warrior
One of my goals this year was to become a prayer warrior. (I’ve done pretty well in working towards that goal. So much room to grow, but this year I developed greater consistency than ever before. Baby steps! Learn about them in my free challenge to Build a Life-Proof Bible Study Habit! The same tips work just as well for prayer.). So it seemed fitting that I would finish off the year by reading a book called Prayer Warrior Confessions. This book is a collection of prayer stories from the lives of the editors and others. Here’s what I thought about it:
This post was originally shared on the Real World Bible Study
#1 Prayer Warrior Confessions was not what I expected.
But not in a bad way! When I think of “prayer warriors,” I think of folks going to battle in prayer for big things and getting big results. I think of the movie War Room. Obviously, it’s a lot more than that. My own journey to grow into the prayer warrior God created me to be has been first a fight for consistency in the small things. But I expected a book about prayer warrior confessions to be about those big victories. And indeed, there were many of those stories in this book! But there were also stories that would seem much smaller, and even some stories that didn’t seem like they were about prayer at all. And then there were some that the world might not consider victories…but they were still answered prayers.
#2 I loved the missions stories in Prayer Warrior Confessions.
I’ve always been a sucker for missions stories. My mom grew up as a missionary kid, just like the compilers of Prayer Warrior Confessions, and between home and Missionettes (now Mpact Girls), I read and heard stories of God’s work on the mission field over and over. They are still some of my favorites. I loved the way that many of the stories in this book were missions stories. Not all of them, lest we fall into the trap of thinking God only answers prayers in big ways on the mission field. But enough of them to remind us of a faith that God desires for all of us.
#3 Some of these prayer warriors got off topic on their preambles.
Some of them lost me for a bit. They would get into a little too much backstory, so I was confused about where some of the stories were going, or how those events or descriptions related to the point of the story. If there is one thing I would change about this book, that would be it…trim some of those introductions that were longer than the prayer stories themselves. That memory might be really special to you since you experienced it, and in the right context, it might even be really special to me. But if it causes me to lose your point, you might be robbing from the impact of this little book.
Would I recommend Prayer Warrior Confessions?
Yes. Despite #3 above, I think this was a really enjoyable little book and would even be neat to read as a family with older kids. (Some of the subject matter may be a little too intense for little kids).
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About the Book
Genre: Non-Fiction, Christian Living, Inspirational
Release Date: November 2018
Publisher: Write Integrity Press
Come along with other prayer warriors and read their stories. Some of the stories will make you cry while others will make you laugh. Each story ends with a confession from the writer in which he or she shares an insight about prayer or something new they learned through their experience.
Readers of Prayer Warrior Confessions will learn more about prayer as they enjoy the true and candid stories of other people’s experiences with prayer. They see the stories through the writers’ eyes and glean the insights the writers learned.
True stories of prayer in action that will make you cry, laugh, sigh, smile, and stand amazed.
About the Authors
The authors, Shirley Crowder and Harriet E. Michael are lifelong friends whose parents served as missionaries in Nigeria, West Africa. Their friendship has spanned across two continents, numerous states, and many, many years. Learn more about them at www.WriteIntegrity.com/authors.
Guest Post from Shirley & Harriet
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