Book Review~Prayers that Changed History

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From Amazon’s description of the back of the book,

Martin Luther. Sojourner Truth. Helen Keller. St. Patrick. We read their stories, and of other people like them, in history books, and hear about the amazing things they did to change the world. But one part of the story is often left out: Each one of them wouldn’t have accomplished what they did without prayer.

In this book from bestselling author Tricia Goyer, the stories of twenty-five notable people are presented along with the major prayer that changed their lives, and changed history. Following each historical example is a biblical story that ties to that person’s life and actions, as well as ways you can use the power of prayer in your life as well. Because God isn’t done changing the world yet, and he would love to use you to make history.

I confess that it took me quite a while to finish this book and get a review up. Not because it wasn’t interesting but because I wanted to take the time to do each prayer with my children along with the million other things we have/had going on. The result meant that this was a slow-and-steady-wins-the-race kind of book.

First of all, this is written in a easy to read form so that children of all ages can be engaged and even to a certain extent participate in the reading (depending on reading level). Tricia Goyer is a homeschooling mom and its obvious that she has done her homework with this book. What I love most about this book is how much history is brought into each prayer. You understand the times, the circumstances surrounding the notable people and how this person influenced history. Each prayer “chapter” is sectioned off by a time period, a simple biography with the circumstances surrounding them, a food for thought section, “in their own words”, how they changed history, a section of how it related to what we find in the Bible, and lastly how we can apply it to our life.

I took away just as much as the children did and would highly recommend this as a simple yet powerful devotion for the upcoming school year. It is laid out chronologically which I really appreciate.

Prayer is such a powerful tool for the Christian and yet it seems to be one that we really don’t put a whole lot of thought into. It is astounding to me to think of the faith these men/women of faith had and their trust they had in the Almighty and I know that my prayer life has been enriched by this simple “children’s” book. It puts me to mind what Paul wrote 1 Peter 2:2  “in like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation”

You can purchase the Kindle version here or the hard copy here.

This was sent to me as a free copy for my personal review. It has not influenced my review whatsoever. I actually intend to purchase a second copy to give to a friend of mine because I do not want to part with my copy.

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