Sunday, April 29, 2012

FIRST Blog Tour: “Prayers for Prodigals” by James Banks

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old…or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!
You never know when I might play a wild card on you!
Today’s Wild Card author is:
and the book:
Discovery House Publishers (April 1, 2011)
***Special thanks to Susan Otis, Creative Resources, for sending me a review copy.***

An Ohio native (and demoralized fan of Cleveland sports teams), Mike attended seminary in Grand Rapids, where he has been stuck every since. He isn’t complaining, for West Michigan’s many churches and miles of fresh water coastline makes for a fine place to raise a family. He and his wife, Julie, have three young children, Avery, Landon and Alayna. Because of them, he has no hobbies.

When Mike isn’t playing catch or kck the can with his kids, he can be found teaching theology at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He also enjoys writing books, such as this one, that help Christians to treasure and apply the gospel to their lives. Nothing is more important, for we’re all going to die. And then live again!

Visit the author’s website.

Other parents may not understand what you’re up against with your prodigal son or daughter, but God understands. He knows what its like to have a world full of prodigals, and He waits for you to bring yours to Him through committed, passionate praying.

Parents can bless their child in no greater way than to pray for his or her salvation. Yet sometimes knowing what to pray can be difficult. Prayers for Prodigals will help you pray for your prodigal child while encouraging you and reminding you of the power of God to answer prayer. Ninety Scripture-based prayers cover emotional and practical challenges faced by parents of prodigals.

Use this book to partner with God, through prayer, to change your child’s eternal future by bringing your son or daughter into a vital relationship with Jesus. Nothing in this world or the next could possibly matter more.

Product Details:
List Price: $10.99
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Discovery House Publishers (April 1, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1572934522
ISBN-13: 978-1572934528

AND NOW…THE FIRST CHAPTER (Please click the cover below to LOOK INSIDE!):

My Review:
“Prodigal are not limited in gender, race, age, or color.  They do have one thing in common:  They have left home, and they are missed.” Ruth Bell Graham

In James Banks’ book, Prayers for Prodigals, he considers prodigals a blessing because they draw you to your knees in dependence on God, teach you patience, and show you your own sin and need of forgiveness.
The weekly meditations bring hope as you read of God’s intervention in the lives of other prodigals and their families.  God’s love and promises are written throughout the pages.  After the meditation, there are 90 days of prayers, three months’ worth, for prodigals and their families. The author encourages you to pray with others, where two or more agree and ask, and it will be done by the Father (according to His will).

Each of the days have a specific perspective as the parent of a prodigal.  The prayers are Scripturally based as well as personal.  In other words, praying God’s word back to Him on behalf of a son or daughter.   God understands the heart of a parent of a prodigal. After all, we are all prodigals to God, worldwide, until we come to Jesus.

Though this book is for prodigals, I find that the prayers fit many situations because of the use of Scripture, including those in need of divine help, such as  husbands, wives, parents, siblings, and any loved ones.  With that in mind, this is a book that can be used daily for all circumstances with just a few changes of the wording.

The conclusion at the back of the book includes a story of young William who had no time for his mother’s Christian faith.  It’s a very touching example of a mother’s prayers fulfilled.  E.M. Bounds is quoted, “Prayer moves the hand that moves the world.”

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