Women Who Move Mountains: Praying With Confidence, Boldness & Grace by Sue Detweiler
Published May 2, 2017 by Bethany House
Genres Nonfiction, Christian
Amid our packed schedules and life’s curve balls, our hearts long for more. We want to live and love well; we want to be a source of joy and life. The good news is that you can–and the secret is found in the simple act of prayer.
Prayer was never meant to be a recitation of requests, but rather a drawing close to the heart of God. When you learn to exchange the obstacles of life for the promises of God, you will pray with passion and confidence rather than fear or insecurity. From this place of surrender and intimacy, you will discover what it means to become a powerful, effective woman of prayer–a woman whose life overflows with springs of living water that transform not only her own life, but the world around her. With study questions and journaling exercises included, this is the perfect book to go deeper either on your own or with a group.
This book is broken down in 2 parts; Part One has 21 chapters that discuss prayer in depth, as well as questions, journaling exercises and a great deal of scripture, while Part Two is a 21 day devotional that also incorporates journaling and scripture. The author makes a lot of good points during Part One, including that prayer is more about having a relationship with God and less about ritual. I think this is an important thing to remember, as I imagine that many people turn prayer into more of a ritual, instead of a relationship, without even realizing they are doing it. Throughout each chapter in Part One, the author provides a great deal of scripture and questions going along with that scripture relating to the specific topic in that chapter. The only thing I didn’t really like, was how the author talks about anxiety in a few of the chapters. I have read many Christian books that don’t acknowledge that for many individuals with true mental illness, it is biological in nature and it can’t be “prayed away.” Please don’t interrupt that the wrong way, I believe that prayer helps with everything, I am just a big advocate for mental health so I tend to notice things that maybe others wouldn’t. Otherwise, Part 1 is filled with a great deal of advice on how to advance the way your prayer and the book contains a great deal of scripture to help you along the way. Part 2 is a 21 day devotional that continues on with what was presented in Part One and each devotional is broken down into 5 parts; journal, meditate, devotional, pray aloud and declare. I really liked the way the devotionals were written and broken down into these sections as well. Overall, an interesting book about prayer and learning to focus on your relationship with God, as well as praying for specific things.
Thank you to the publisher, Bethany House, for sending me a review copy of this book.