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Book Review: Fervent by Priscilla Shirer

Posted by Julie on September 2, 2015 in Book Review, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |

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You have an enemy . . . and he’s dead set on destroying all you hold dear and keeping you from experiencing abundant life in Christ. What’s more, his approach to disrupting your life and discrediting your faith isn’t general or generic, not a one-size-fits-all. It’s specific. Personalized. Targeted.

So this book is your chance to strike back. With prayer. With a weapon that really works. Each chapter will guide you in crafting prayer strategies that hit the enemy where it hurts, letting him know you’re on to him and that you won’t back down. Because with every new strategy you build, you’re turning the fiercest battles of life into precise strikes against him and his handiwork, each one infused with the power of God’s Spirit.

New York Times bestselling author Priscilla Shirer, widely known for her international speaking, teaching, and writing ministries, brings her new role from the 2015 film War Room into the real lives of today’s women, addressing the topics that affect them most: renewing their passion, refocusing their identity, negotiating family strife, dealing with relentless regrets, navigating impossible schedules, succeeding against temptation, weathering their worst fears, uprooting bitterness, and more. Each chapter exposes the enemy’s cruel, crafty intentions in all kinds of these areas, then equips and encourages you to write out your own personalized prayer strategies on tear-out sheets you can post and pray over yourself and your loved ones on a regular basis.

Fervent is a hands-on, knees-down, don’t-give-up action guide to practical, purposeful praying.

Fervent is a book that wields serious power because the author creates a plan on how to defeat the true defeated one by giving the reader his playbook. I absolutely loved how Priscilla Shirer goes through each strategy the devil uses to bring women down and explains what it is, and how to overcome his plans with specific prayer. The book is easy to read but deep in information, truth, God’s word and strategies to be on the offensive. At the end there are prayer cards to tear out and use.

This is one of the resources Stephen and Alex Kendrick use to help families engage in prayer as part of their movie, War Room. Each book targets small children, kids, teens, family/men and women. I highly recommend all of them. Fervent is amazing. I hope you find out for yourself.

To see my reviews on the other War Room related books, click here.

To purchase Fervent, click here.

I received a copy of Fervent in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Review: The Battle Plan for Prayer by Stephen Kendrick, Alex Kendrick

Posted by Julie on August 28, 2015 in Book Review, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |

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51E0yk71DzL._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_Inspired by the Kendrick Brothers’ new movie, War Room, this exciting new resource from the #1 best-selling author team behind The Love Dare and The Resolution for Men is designed to help anyone learn how to become a powerful person of prayer. The Battle Plan for Prayer begins with prayer’s core purpose, its biblical design, and its impact throughout history. Readers will be guided scripturally through the fundamentals of how effective prayer works, inspired towards a closer, more intimate relationship with God, and shown how to develop specific prayer strategies for each area of life. Prayer can accomplish what a willing God can accomplish. It should be your first plan of attack in all of life’s battles, not your last resort. If you want to experience the joy of mightily answered prayer, then it’s time to engage with God at another level.

 The Battle Plan for Prayer reminds me a lot of The Love Dare, the book inspired by the movie, Fireproof. The Battle Plan starts with the basics and each day, as they suggest reading a chapter at a time daily, gets more intense. By the end of the book the reader is armed with Biblical definitions of prayer, Scripture, examples and then strategies for specific prayer events.

What I found especially helpful were the Appendix at the end. They are full of resources to turn to time and time again. The entire book was well done and a must have for any family hungry to turn or return to prayer as part of their lifestyle.

The Battle Plan is part of the resources available to all ages in conjunction with the upcoming movie, The War Room. Please check my reading page to see my other reviews.

To purchase The Battle Plan for Prayer, click here.

I received The Battle Plan for Prayer in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Review: Prayer Works by Stephen Kendrick, Alex Kendrick, Amy Parker

Posted by Julie on August 20, 2015 in Book Review, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |

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What’s Your Strategy? 

As kids grow, their prayer lives need to grow too—but how? Stephen Kendrick and Alex Kendrick offer a strategy that kids can use to figure out how prayer works and just how powerful it is. Lots of great explanation is combined with fun activities, illustrations, and journaling prompts to get kids thinking and praying. 

This companion book to the movie War Room contains 32 perforated journal pages kids can use to write specific prayers and then post them on the walls in their prayer room—just like the characters in the movie. Topics include:

What is prayer? Why should I pray? Where do I pray? Is there a wrong way to pray? What should I pray for? Does God really hear me?

I love all the resources available to supplement the War Room movie. Prayer Works: Prayer Training and Strategy for Kids walks kids through all the important aspects to prayer. It asks questions all elementary/upper elementary kids would ask, and gives thoughtful answers on their level. It’s colorful and smart to keep interest. For those that love to write, there are places to journal that they can tear out, write their prayers, and post on their wall.

I love it because it is comprehensive without being overwhelming or over stimulating. The font is a little small, but there is so much information to include, I understand, and it is probably my middle aged eyes that notice, not the younger set.

This is a wonderful product I wish all children could have access to.

To purchase Prayer Works: Prayer Training and Strategy for Kids, click here.

I received Prayer Works: Prayer Training and Strategy for Kids in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Review: Peter’s Perfect Prayer Place by Stephen Kendrick, Alex Kendrick

Posted by Julie on August 18, 2015 in Book Review, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |

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Can you help Peter find the perfect place to pray?

Peter is used to seeing his mom pray in her special prayer room, and now you can help him search for his own place to pray—Peter’s perfect prayer place. Is it under his bed? Up in his treehouse? Between the pots and pans? Where can God hear him best? There’s lots of fun as Peter looks and looks, but in the end, he learns that although it’s great to have a special place to be alone with God and pray, God hears you no matter where you are—under, up, or in between!

This companion book to the movie War Room will teach young readers an important lesson about talking to God. And the fold-out prayer chart and stickers in the back of the book will let them track their prayers as well as God’s answers!

Peter’s Perfect Prayer Place is a wonderful book for young children that teaches them all the perfect places to pray. It’s a supplement to the movie War Room and I love that it shows Peter watching his mom pray and that he wants to follow her actions.  I think it does a great job showing Peter all the places he can pray and shows kids God will meet them right where they are.

I also love the illustrations, they are a stand out.

A bonus is the poster where kids can keep track of their prayers and the answers.

I think the Kendrick brothers thought of everything for the young ones when it comes to prayer. I highly recommend.

To purchase Peter’s Perfect Prayer Place, click here.

I received a copy of Peter’s Perfect Prayer Place in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Review: The Love Dare for Parents

Posted by Julie on July 9, 2014 in Book Review, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |

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From the authors of international best-selling marriage book The Love Dare comes The Love Dare for Parents, a 40-day journey of “dares” challenging one or both parents to understand, practice, and communicate Christ-like love to their children. 

Easy to read and work into a busy schedule, The Love Dare for Parents is designed to “turn the hearts of parents to their children and turn the hearts of children to their parents” (Malachi 4:6) so that moms and dads can more fully enjoy and delight in their children while maximizing the positive impact they have on their lives long term. 

Each day brings a promising key verse from Scripture, a biblical principle about love that applies to parenting, a specific challenge the parent does for the sake of their child, and space to journal thoughts and reflect on what happened that day. 

The Love Dare for Parents even includes access to a FREE online parenting assessment, helpfully keyed to select material in the book. 
Parents, take the dare!

 

For anyone that read the original Love Dare, The Love Dare for Parents is the same template. Each dare is a short read full of Biblical wisdom, a place to journal, and of course, a challenge written specifically around parenting. Although I haven’t finished the dares, I plan to. These look like great ways to draw closer to your children and to God. My kids are upper elementary and high school age, so I don’t think I’ll have any trouble. I believe the dares are adaptable for ages different than this.

In an age where kids are plugged in and parents are tuned out, The Love Dare for Parents is an essential tool to bring everyone together, and keep them that way. I definitely recommend.

To purchase The Love Dare for Parents, click here.

I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 



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