Monday, January 13, 2014
Praying for Boys (Asking God for the Things They Need Most) by Brook McGlothlin
I have one son (and four daughters!) and he is the oldest...so you can imagine that he is an overprotective brother who didn't get an excess of rough-housing when he was growing up. Don't doubt that he was ever anything less than all boy. He was all boy and is now a 21-year old man. He wrestles in college, so maybe he is making up for the lack of rough-housing during his younger years!
The book Praying for Boys (by Brooke McGlothlin, known best for her site www.TheMOBSociety.com) is written for mothers of one son, or a dozen. Whether a newborn or a high-school student, this book can guide moms in praying with clarity and direction for their sons. And don't they need it! Not because our sons are destined for bad things, not because we as moms doubt them, but because we live in a westernized, post-Christian culture that works hard at keeping boys from ever becoming men. Especially God-fearing, God-honoring men. Our sons need us standing in the gap, interceding for them. Praying for Boys helps get that job done.
In the early portion of the book, Brook McGlothlin addresses head-on the problem of modern American churches being filled with men who have no idea what it truly means to be a man. That's a hard truth to hear, as a wife and as a mother. But men can be real men, and we can help our sons get to that point by praying over them daily. We can help them find their self-worth in the Lord. And the way we do that best is by praying - not by nagging or nit-picking, but praying.
Brooke's writes as a mom who loves her Lord and her sons. She takes her role as a mother seriously, and she takes her sons to His throne room in prayer as a result. Her words are trustworthy, because they speak truth and point consistently to Jesus. She is someone you could sit down and have coffee with, but rather than chatting about life in general or gossiping about such-and-such or so-and-so, you would pray with her for our sons. Here's one quote from Praying for Boys that reveals why I love this book ~ "If we were to get serious about praying for our sons, what could God do? The possibilities are endless." (from p. 35) What a thought-provoking idea! What could God do if we would get serious? Why not find out?
Buy this book; read it. And then, above all else, PRAY.
Find it at Amazon.com or your local Christian bookstore. Or consider giving it as a gift to a new mom of a sweet baby boy. They'll be blessed by the gift, and so will their son...for a lifetime.
On my "Page Turner Scale" of 1 to 5, I gave this book a 5.
Disclaimer ~ I received this book for free from Bethany House for review purposes. All opinions shared here are solely my own.
Day 299 done :)
Jan L. Burt
author of The Homeschooling Mothers Bible Study