Thursday, January 20, 2011

Can't Wait to See After 40 Days!

I think our family prays a lot. We pray at meals, before going to school, before bed, whenever we see emergency vehicles on their way to help, when in need, when rejoicing, and whenever else the spirit leads us. Since the girls have been born prayer has been a huge part of our lives. I never thought we were missing an important prayer, praying together as a couple.

Couples Who Pray: The Most Intimate Act Between a Man and a Woman by Squire Rushnell and Louise DuArt is a great reminder of the benefits of prayer. Rushnell and DuArt use enjoyable stories of real-life couples whose relationships have been greatly enhanced by the simple, yet intimate, act of prayer. They give simple instructions on how to pray together, present the 40 Day Prayer Challenge following it up with six steps to a happy marriage. There are surveys for both the husband and the wife and another appendix with 40 Bible passages that can be incorporated in daily prayers. The verses are a helpful tool and easy way to bring Bible study into the marriage relationship.

I would recommend this book to other couples who currently do not pray together. The chapter about the devil wanting nothing more than seeing marriages fail is excellent. There is a real battle and the devil IS trying to destroy marriage. However; I am skeptical about their view of prayer as it relates to money and tithing. Prosperity theology is not sound theology. “The more you give to God, the more He will give to you.” is very misleading in a chapter about money. There are some good things in the money chapter, but the praying about money and expecting to receive it, is not. All the stories show the financial abundance God bestows on those who pray about finances but money is not always the answer He gives.

I received this book free from the publisher through BookSneeze, and am not required to post a positive review.

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