Praying for Boys by Brooke McGlothlin

scan0001I received this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. The full title is Praying for Boys: Asking God for the Things They Need Most. The author, Brooke McGlothlin, is the co-founder of the MOB (mothers of boys) Society, an online community where she encourages mothers of boys to pray more frequently and more effectively. This book would be great for a small group study, in person or online, and includes a 21-day prayer guide for this purpose.

McGlothlin states in the first chapter:

If you’re looking for a book to teach you how to raise godly men, Praying for Boys isn’t it. Neither is it a book that promises five easy ways to produce a boy to be proud of. In fact, it isn’t really a book about you at all. It’s a book about the God who loves your son more than you do and wants to work in his heart and life in spite of you as you pray and desperately seek Him.

This book is about prayer and how to specifically and effectively pray for your boy(s), using God’s word as the basis for those prayers. Each chapter contains a 2-3 page devotional, followed by several scripture-based prayers over each topic, including obedience, integrity, purity, anger, etc. As a mother of a boy, I believe the 21 topics included in the book are very appropriate for my son, and I find the prayers a useful tool in praying for him. I have plans to memorize at least one scripture from each chapter to be able to pray God’s word over him anytime. While doing the 21-day study, I think it would be useful to write out each prayer on an index card, putting all the cards on a ring to be able to refer to them throughout the day, but in all practicality, you could read one chapter a day as a devotional and pray the scriptures over your son, inserting his name in the blanks in each prayer.

I have enjoyed reading this book and praying for my son using the scriptures as a tool. I would recommend this book to any mother of boys.

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