Thursday, March 28, 2013

Upside Down Prayers for Parents by Lisa T. Bergren

About the Book:

Because God Loves Them Even More Than You Do

It’s our instinct as parents to shield our children from harm. But our true responsibility is to raise children equipped to live well for God even in the midst of struggle. Upside-Down Prayers for Parents encourages us to pray for our children in ways we may never have before:

• I pray you’ll get caught doing things wrong—and experience the power of confession.
• I pray your prayers will go unanswered—and you’ll find a deeper trust in Him.
• I pray you’ll fail in things that don’t matter—and learn what matters to God.
• I pray you’ll encounter battles—and discover that God is your greatest ally.

By turning our prayers “upside down,” we not only learn to release our children to the care of God alone, we also uncover how our own desires need to be submitted to God’s will.

Each entry in this thirty-one-day devotional includes a short reflection, a Scripture verse, and ideas to jump-start conversations between you and your child or teenager. Together you’ll discover a deeper trust in God that will help you make it through the upside-down times with a right-side-up perspective.

My Thoughts:

This is most definitely a unique book!  Lisa encourages parents to think outside our safe little boxes, desiring more for our children than easy lives and safe passages.  When you really think about it, praying opposite of our instincts makes sense.

For instance, how about praying that your child finds herself in over her head and learns to rely on God more?  Or asking the Father to allow your child to get caught in a behavior that is sinful in order to teach him repentance and mercy?

Kind of scary, I know.  Isn't it the hard things in life that tend to teach us the most, though?  Even the world in general moans that we are raising a soft generation, and we can't afford that in the church.

Difficult times are ahead, and we need young men and women who can stand firm in their convictions, exercise discernment and follow wisdom.  The prayers found in Lisa's devotional will help form mighty warriors for Jesus...we just need to pray and get out of God's way.

Each devotional is short, opening with a Scripture and an upside down prayer, followed by thoughts from Lisa.  She closes each session with a guided prayer and some questions to provoke conversation with our children.  The questions are age appropriate: one set for younger children and another set for older ones.

I received an advance copy of "Upside Down Prayers for Parents" in exchange for an honest review.  This book is published by Waterbrook Press and is must reading for parents who truly want God's best for their children.  Highly recommended

Happy Reading!



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