Monday, February 25, 2013

Upside Down Prayers for Parents

Upside-Down Prayers for Parents by Lisa T. Bergren has 31 devotions that contain prayers you can pray for your children as they experience life.  The author shares how, as parents, we tend to shield our children from harm when we should really be equipping them to trust God even in the midst of trials.
Each day starts with a sentence prayer with a scripture verse.  This is followed by the author's devotional thought, a longer prayer to read out loud, and then she gives suggestions for making it personal (where you can journal), and also suggestions for making it relevant for your age child.
I found this book to be very comforting and insightful as to putting my thoughts into words for my children.  I have definitely had times where I had no idea how to approach my child with what he or she was going through and I can see where this book will be a great help in the future.
Disclosure: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Unglued Devotional by Lysa TerKeurst

Unglued Devotional by Lysa TerKeurst is a devotional that is a companion to her bestselling book "Unglued." It is a daily devotional for 60 days about struggles that a woman or anyone can have in life.  Each chapter starts with a Bible Verse, a Thought for the Day, the devotional by Lysa, and ends with a prayer.

I only have the Unglued Devotional and I don't feel like I am missing out from not having the companion book. Lysa is very personable and definitely hits home for me as I am juggling many hats at once.  (I and my hasband have 4 children, and we both work full-time.  Oh and I'm taking online classes so I can get my Masters Degree.  How do you spell C-R-A-Z-Y!!)  When Lysa talks about losing it with her children, I can definitely relate.  Everything that Lysa has described is so true in my life.  She talks about self control and being grateful.  Things that Satan makes us feel guilty for and things we should be convicted to change.  But with each chapter I receive encouragment.  I am so grateful to find a book where I can relate and receive spiritual refreshment.

I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers for an advance reading as part of their Booksneeze bloggers program . I was not required to write a positive review and therefore, the book review is 100% my own opinion.