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This week marks the release of Edie Melson's new book While My Child Is Away: My Prayers for When We Are Apart. Not only is this a handy reference book full of inspired prayers we can say for our children, but it is also peppered with devotions and prayers specifically written for us parents and caregivers.
The book itself is divided into nine chapters:
The Triumph of Love
Making Good Choices
Peace Beyond Circumstances
A Foundation of Faith
A Core of Strength
My God, My Defender
Within each chapter, the reader will discover a number of prayers for the kiddos, a handful of prayers for the parents to pray for themselves (thank you!), a few devotionals, and a section entitled "Parenting Thoughts." It's basically four books in one! The organized, calming format invites us to relax into the discipline of prayer for our families. With the prayers divided into categories, it's easy to find the right kind of prayer when you need it.
While the prayers for the children are a helpful tool filled with love from a mama's heart, I personally find the prayers for parents and the devotionals to be something I need just as much (possibly more). The personal stories included in the devotionals drive home her point again and again:
"[God] has lessons for each of us—even our kids—and we don't always need to be there to make sure they get the point" (p. 20).
Amen, sister! Amen.
In addition to the fantastic content, I cannot conclude this book review without commenting about the physical formatting of the book itself. The book is a small paperback that fits nicely into my hands. Whoever designed the cover deserves an award, because not only is it an aesthetically pleasing and calming design, it also has flaps on each side which can be used to mark the spot of favorite prayers or devotionals. It's obvious to me that a lot of thought went into this book from character-building content to charming page design. Each prayer page features the subject of the prayer in bold print, an inspirational quote, the prayer itself*, and a related Bible verse. The book is something I will treasure and refer to frequently for years to come.
This book is not only a wonderful reference for any parent, it would also make a great gift for anyone who wants to pray effectively for his or her children.
* The prayers are both inclusive and exclusive. Inclusive, because they alternate between "he" and "she." Exclusive, because each prayer will focus either on a son or a daughter.
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First, I loved the cover of this book, so calming and beautiful. The book is compact, so easy to take with you. Each prayer is specific, not very long, and accompanied by a Bible verse. The book is divided into nine different sections that cover a lot of the different scenarios that a parent might encounter with their child. This would be a wonderful gift for a parent, especially one that has a child leaving the home for college, marriage, camp, etc.
I received this book free of charge. I was not compensated for writing this review and all opinions expressed are my own.
There are nine sections to the book, each on a topic that include faith, self-confidence, and good choices. I really found this helpful as I was able to find a prayer on the topic that fit the circumstance that I wanted to pray over. Edie also shares from her own life and she is so open in sharing things that you feel like she's a dear friend. You find that the things that concern you, she has dealt with and she directs us to pray first, which is such a great reminder for those of us to don't do this!
I have little flags on the prayers that I want to refer to for my children every day and highlighting throughout. You can either pray the prayers that she has in there, word for word, or you can allow them to guide you in your own prayer. I really loved this because there are things that she so eloquently says that really get to the root of the matter. It helps me so much to have this guidance for my prayers! She also shares prayers in areas that I had never really thought about but that are so important for our children! I love this, too, as it has given my prayers more depth and width.
I highly recommend this book to any parent who prays for their children. These prayers will make your prayers more on point and give you direction on what to pray. I really love this book and it has been added to my quiet time area to direct my prayers for my children. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.
*This book was provided to me for my honest review by Worthy Publishing and First Look Blog Tours