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Praying for My Life Hardcover – October 15, 2006

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The story begins in 2003 when West's 35-year-old son, Jeremy, crashes his car and is rushed to the E.R. A day later, his twin brother, Jon, is hospitalized with a potentially fatal case of flesh-eating bacteria. Jeremy, it turns out, is bipolar and often refuses to take his meds; this is his fourth accident in just a few weeks. Jon is addicted to drugs and has been kicked out of rehab. As she sits by her sons' hospital beds, West flashes back to their hyperactive childhood, their father's death at 47 of a malignant brain tumor, their grandfather's breakdown and her regrets over how she handled her sons' turbulent adolescence. It sounds like material for a country-western song, but West, a long-time contributing editor to Guideposts magazine, turns family crises into a heartwarming and even (sometimes) funny collection of stories about trusting God no matter what happens. For her, God is a personal friend who speaks up whenever she needs encouragement: "I am going to use all of this. Nothing will be wasted." Lightening the mood with folksy tales about her late mother, eccentric neighbors and middle-aged romance, West dishes up inspiration with a warmhearted honesty that will appeal to a wide range of Christian women. (Oct.)
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When life experiences became overwhelming and her own faith was tested, Marion Bond West found herself praying for her life--praying a desperate prayer for confidence in God's power.

Join Marion at the bedsides of her troubled thiry-something twin sons. After a punishing auto accident, can Jeremy cope with his recently diagnosed bipolar disorder? And, struggling with drug and alcohol addiction, will Jon survive a deadly infection? Looking to find hope when things seem bleakest, Marion prays the prayer of Habakkik and claims God's promises of victory for herself and for those she loves.

Journey with Marion as she recalls the moments in her life when her faith was the most sorely tested--and when God was most powerfully present. Written with honesty, uncompromising faith and wry wisdom, this book will help readers discover a faith that can face--and triumph over--difficulties, both large and small.

Come to know that the power of God can bring light into the darkest places and victory out of seemig defeat!

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: GuidepostsBooks (October 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824947053
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824947057
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #998,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It happens to everyone--unexpected experiences in life. It seems like Marion Bond West had almost more than her share of difficulties. When the experiences of life seemed almost too much to bear, she turned to prayer and found unusual strength and peace.

The theme of this book uses, Habakkuk 3:17-19--some little known verses from a minor prophet in the Old Testament. The world crumbled around Habakkuk as well yet he chose to follow the God of his salvation. It's a timeless choice which Marion Bond West makes in this book--and each reader can make as they reflect on these experiences.

Here's a book loaded with hope and encouragement for the most challenging of life's experiences. I recommend it.
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Do you feel like you're on the verge of losing hope? Marion Bond West has been there, and in her powerful spiritual memoir, she'll show you how she survived with a little known prayer in the book of Habakkuk.

Now a grandmother and contributing editor for Guideposts magazine, Bond West has had to overcome early widowhood, raising four children as a single mom, and dealing with rebellion, substance abuse, and bipolar disorder in her adult sons.

Marion's honest, transparent writing will restore your hope.

I loved this book, and it's the kind of book you write your name in so when you loan it to people they'll be sure to give it back to you. (I've already loaned mine out twice so far!) Each chapter is a stand-alone story that demonstrates how God brought the author through a trial -- sometimes funny (as in the time she fell through the flooring of her neighbor's attic trying to take care of a cat) and sometimes painful (as in having to say good-bye to her adult son who was leaving for a treatment center).

But always, you feel a little bit closer to the heart of God when you journey alongside Marion Bond West.

-- Christian Women Online Book Buzz
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In an instant, your life can change from calm and peaceful to one filled with personal trauma. Where do you turn for peace? How do you find God's help and comfort?

The key points of PRAYING FOR MY LIFE by Marion Bond West are captured in the prophetic words from Habakkuk 3:17-19, which describes a difficult personal plight. In part it says, "Though the flock should be cut off from the fold and there be no cattle in the stalls, yet I will exult in the Lord, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation." The phrases from these verses create the section divisions of Bond West's personal story of dealing with adversity.

The mother of four, Bond West writes movingly about the difficulties she faced with her fraternal twin sons, Jon and Jeremy, after her first husband died from a brain tumor. Over a four-year period, this now-single mother had to look after these "strong-willed" brothers who stretched every boundary and limit.

In an early chapter, Bond West describes her fears when Jon and Jeremy, as 35-year-old adults, are patients in two different hospitals. Jeremy suffers his fourth car accident, while on the other side of the city, Jon is hospitalized with a fever and a life-threatening bacterial disease to his hand and arm. Just when you believe Bond West is carrying more than a human can bear, she's challenged to say "no" to a grown son who wants to move back home.

In a modern sense, Bond West's personal experiences capture the emotions of the prophet Habakkuk, and she declares her own determination to follow God in faith no matter what happens.

Each chapter ends with a pointed personal prayer related to Bond West's experiences in that section.
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I ordered the 285 page hardback copy at the request of a friend who had heard it was a good read for those she knew with problem children and wanted to give it to this friend. Yes, I read it myself, first! Occasionally I have read Marion Bond West's essays in a Guidepost magazine. Knowing she is a dedicated Christian I expected a different type of book than this, however, it is a memoir - a real "unmasking" so to speak. There are so many books about how to face difficulties in life and how to parent your children, however if you can learn from Mrs. West's mistakes (and there are many) this book may be helpful.

It's all here - fear, depression, death, sons with addictions, temper, selfishness, learning to pray and trust in the God of all comfort, but what I appreciated most was her honesty about herself - her lack of understanding what her twin boys really needed after their father died early of cancer. Since I know others who made the same mistakes, I could sympathize - with her children.

Unlike many single parents who struggle with choices between sacrificial caregiving and trying to find time for themselves, Mrs. West eventually learned (a bit late) that her family needed her love and understanding more than they needed her to travel afar in Christian service to others. I am glad she found happiness in a second marriage, that her troubled sons, now nearing 40 and still in addiction recovery, are getting help, and that she shared her story. You may tear up a bit when she describes her regrets in not participating in her late husband's enjoyments (gardening, teaching the boys athletics, etc.) Sometimes we learn too late what is really important. You will rejoice when she finally learned how much her boys appreciated a home cooked meal served with love....yes, I was shocked it took so long. But I realize unchecked depression leads to bad behaviors.
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