Praying for Your Future Husband: Preparing Your Heart for His

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Have you ever thought about praying for your future husband?
Will it make a difference?
There's only one way to find out…
 
From when we were small girls, most of us dream of “The One,” our future husband. We think about what it would be like to be a bride. We wonder who that special guy is and when ...

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Overview

Have you ever thought about praying for your future husband?
Will it make a difference?
There's only one way to find out…
 
From when we were small girls, most of us dream of “The One,” our future husband. We think about what it would be like to be a bride. We wonder who that special guy is and when we'll find him. The great news is that what you do now can make a difference in your life and the life of your future husband!
 
Authors and good friends Robin Jones Gunn (Christy Miller series) and Tricia Goyer (author and former teen mom) believe God answers women's prayers for husbands—even husbands they may not meet for years. They invite young women to pray boldly for their future mate … while also asking God to prepare their own hearts.
 
In Praying for Your Future Husband, Robin and Tricia share their two vastly different experiences, including the things they did right and the mistakes they made on the path to meeting and marrying their husbands. Each chapter includes helpful Bible verses, prayers, and practical application, along with true stories of women who prayed for a husband and how God answered in remarkable ways.
 
God has a beautiful romance prepared for you. Prayer is the key to unlocking the love story … with your future husband and with God, the lover of your soul.

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“This book is a must-read for every girl who has even wondered what her future husband will be like. Every page left me wishing I’d had this book when I was still single—or during all the years I mentored boy-crazy teenage girls. Whether you are looking for inspiration, encouragement, or even proof that prayer works, this book is for you. The perfect blend of real-life stories and a how-to manual, Praying for Your Future Husband will be an ideal companion from now until the altar.”
—Shannon Primicerio, author of The Divine Dance, God Called a Girl, and the TrueLife Bible Studies series

“When I was twelve years old, my husband began praying for me. I did not know that, of course, because I did not yet know him or God. But later, looking back, I saw how those prayers had miraculously affected my life. Gunn and Goyer are practical, vulnerable, inspirational, and encouraging. I can think of few better gifts for a young lady to offer her future husband than the gift of her prayers, and this book shows how to do it.”
—Sandra Byrd, best-selling author of the London Confidential series and other books for teens and tweens

Praying for Your Future Husband is packed with wisdom and overflowing with practical insight to encourage the heart of every young woman seeking God’s best. The perfect blending of Robin’s and Tricia’s unique and personal journeys to find their mates, it is filled with wisdom and sound advice from Scripture to spur on your prayer life as you follow your own path. This is a must-read for every young woman who desires a road map on the journey of discovering God’s heart!”
—Pam Stenzel, MA, author of Nobody Told Me and Sex Has a Price Tag and director of Enlighten Communications

“Are you tired of waiting for the right man and convinced that all the good guys are already taken? Want to find the man who will love you and cherish you, having been prepared by the Lord himself ? This book is where you begin. Robin and Tricia have taken all the pieces of the “finding true love” puzzle and have assembled a clear picture and a path that make sense and tell the truth about God and His plans for you. Stop worrying, and dive right in. This book shows you each step of the way to a future that God has planned for you and your future husband!”
—Amanda Bennett, author of more than ninety books

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781601423481
  • Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/3/2011
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 65,677
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Robin Jones Gunn has written more than 70 books, including the well-loved Christy Miller and Sierra Jensen series, and more than 4 million copies of her books have sold. Robin and her husband have been married for more than 34 years, and they have two grown children.

Tricia Goyer, the author of more than 25 books, has drawn from her experiences as a teen mother and leader of today’s generation to be a voice of hope for women. Tricia has been married for more than twenty years and is the mother of four children.   

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An Extraordinary Mystery

Robin:
Sometimes, when an idea just won’t go away, you need to pay attention to how God is nudging you. That’s what happened with this book.

Tricia and I have been friends for almost two decades, and both of us are writers. But our life stories as well as our love stories are radically different. Beyond writing, we do have one interesting commonality: both of us prayed for our future husbands when we were teens. But how did that add up to our writing a book together? Three incidents convinced us we should…

The first moment of inspiration fell on me with a weighty sense of urgency one bright November afternoon. I was in Brazil, standing in front of three hundred teen girls in a school cafeteria. My Christy Miller and Sierra Jensen novels for teens have been translated into Portuguese, and the teachers at this school use the books as part of their curriculum. That meant all the girls had read the books. When my husband and I entered the cafeteria, the girls greeted us with a wave of screams as if we were the real Christy and Todd all grown up and visiting them in Brazil.

To quiet down the screaming girls, I asked the translator to invite them to ask questions. One of the girls raised her hand and popped up from her seat. In Portuguese she asked me what she and her friends should do since the boys in Brazil weren’t reading my books.

“What do you mean?” I asked.

She spoke passionately as the translator beside me explained.

“She says that, after reading your books, she and her friends are making good decisions. They’ve given their lives to Christ and now want to stay pure and save themselves for their future husbands. But, you see, the boys of Brazil are not reading these books. They are not making these same decisions. She wants to know what can be done about that.”

My heart pounded. Every face in that cafeteria was fixed on me, waiting for an answer. The young woman had just identified a global problem for our present generation of Christian women. I had heard this frustration voiced many times in letters and e-mails I had received from readers over the years. But no one had ever asked me what could be done to change this dilemma of an unbalanced ratio between God-honoring young women and their male contemporaries who were slow to seek God. What could I tell her?

The words that came out of my heart were, “You can start praying for your future husband now.”

The translator gave her my answer, and a reverent hush fell over the room. Before me was a troop of willing but untrained young women ready to enter the warzone to fight for the young men. But how?

I wished then that I had something more to offer those girls. It’s one thing to tell them to pray and another thing to come alongside and show them what that looks like. If only, I thought, a book existed. I wished one of my nonfiction writer friends would hurry up and write it. None of them seemed to have a passion for such a book.

The second defining moment came two years later. Tricia and I were at a writers’ retreat in California. During the afternoon break, we headed out to the pool. I settled in a lounge chair and wrote notes in my journal for a novel I was working on. Tricia succumbed to the luxurious autumn sunshine and floated off into a deep sleep.

Suddenly she woke up, turned to me, and said, “What?” as if I’d been talking to her while she slept.

I looked at her and spoke an unpremeditated thought. “Tricia, we need to write a book together.”

“Okay.” She didn’t even blink before sinking back into her afternoon lull. A moment later her head rose again. “What are we supposed to write about?”

“I have no idea.”

The gentle notion flitted past me as softly as it had fallen on Tricia. We caught the little inspiration the way an artist would reach for a floating feather or a child would bend to pick up a pale blue pebble and tuck it in a pocket.

Over the next year or so we periodically pulled the small inspiration out of our pockets and talked about what we should write. We had lots of ideas, as all creative people do. But the affirmation and direction wasn’t there. So we waited, and we prayed…

The third moment of inspiration came with such defining clarity we knew what the book was to be about.

Tricia and I were in Montana, preparing to speak at a women’s retreat. The night before the retreat we sneaked off to a lodge for some last-minute planning. I entered the lodge first while Tricia parked the car in the snow. A darling little strawberry blond toddler trotted over to me, put up his arms, and allowed me to scoop him up. His surprised young mom told me his name was Toby, he was eighteen months old, and he was usually not that friendly with strangers. Toby patted my face.

Tricia entered, and Toby’s mother froze. She stared at Tricia and in a shaking voice said, “It’s you! You’re the one who spoke at the luncheon two years ago.”

Tricia spoke often at events for teenage girls and women in Montana, so I doubted she would remember this particular young woman from a luncheon two years ago. The mom said, “Do you remember that you talked about being a teen mom and that you prayed God would send you a Christian husband?”

Tricia nodded.

“I did the same thing. I prayed and…” She leaned in closer. “I don’t know if you remember my telling you this after the luncheon, but I had just found out I was pregnant.”

I remember,” Tricia said.
 
“I was scheduled for an abortion just a few days later.” The young woman gazed at Toby cuddled up in my arms. “But after I heard your story and what you said about how God answered your prayers, I cancelled the appointment for the abortion, and I prayed for a husband, just like you did.”

Her smile widened, and tears formed in her eyes as she told Tricia, “I always wanted to see you again so I could tell you that God answered my prayers. He brought an amazing Christian guy into my life. He loves me, and he loves my son. We’ve been married for almost a year. When I think about what my life would be like right now if I hadn’t heard your story and did what you said…”

By then we were all hugging and crying and hugging some more. Toby climbed into Tricia’s arms and received her cuddles and kisses. We couldn’t stop crying. It was such a beautiful moment. The room seemed full of light and hope.

After Toby and his mama went their way, Tricia and I sat together in stunned silence. We both knew this was it—this was the theme of the book we needed to write together: praying for your future husband. We also knew we were the two unlikely novelists being invited to pour our hearts into this project. And so we did.

As we wrote, what tumbled from our hearts surprised us. We didn’t compose a handbook on techniques or formula for effective prayer. Through the ages many wonderful such books have been written. Instead, what we saw forming, as we met together to pray and write, was a book anchored with true stories about what happens when women pray for their future husbands and the ways God answers those prayers.

Both of us agreed to tell our own stories on these pages. This took some courage. Dozens of other women gave us permission to tell portions of their stories as well—how they prayed, how God chose to answer, and how their lives changed in the process. This took courage for them as well. We pulled from our Bibles and journals favorite scriptures and excerpts. These quotes worked perfectly to lace the chapters together.

As the book took shape, we discovered that prayer is an extraordinary mystery.

This sacred privilege of communicating with our Heavenly Father is more than a cozy, open invitation to come to Him anytime, anywhere. Even though His ears are open to the cries of His children 24/7, prayer is more than that. Prayer is also an act of obedience. We are exhorted to pray for others and to pray without ceasing.

Neither Tricia nor I pretend to have prayer all figured out. What we do know is that God hears. He sees. He knows us. He cares more than we can ever comprehend. And most important of all, God answers prayer.

Perhaps you’ve noticed that oftentimes the way God answers prayers isn’t what we expect. We look back years later and see that what God did was oh so much better than what we first envisioned when we sent our heartfelt requests heavenward. He created us, and He desires the best for us. God always gives His best to those who leave the outcomes with Him.

Another, even more amazing mystery is that when we pray for someone else, we change. All of us were made both to give love and to receive love. When your heart connects through prayer to the One who is the source of true love, you’ll find that praying for your future husband will wondrously result in your heart being changed. And when your heart is changed, your life is transformed.

What sort of changes will God bring about in the life of your future husband as a result of your praying for him now?
We don’t know.

As you pray for him, what sort of changes will God initiate in your heart? We don’t know that either.

But we do know there’s only one way to find out…

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Table of Contents

1 An Extraordinary Mystery 1

2 Pray for His Heart 9

3 Pray He Will Be a God Lover 27

4 Pray for Patience 39

5 Pray for Understanding 55

6 Pray for Trust 69

7 Pray for Loyalty and Faithfulness 87

8 Pray for Strength 103

9 Pray for Protection 117

10 Pray for Intimacy 133

11 Pray for "The List" 149

12 Pray for Contentment 165

13 Pray for Commitment 179

A Closing Thought from Robin and Tricia 191

Scriptures to Pray for Your Future Husband 197

Acknowledgments 209

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  • Posted July 5, 2011

    A reminder of how to love you spouse before you meet him

    I'm at a weird place in my life where my friends are all getting married, or if they've been married for a while, they're having kids. This is hard for me because I never really imagined I'd be almost 30 without a husband and/or children. Now, I'm not saying this is a bad thing, not at all. I am just not exactly living the life I had predicted for myself as a teenager.

    This book was probably written with a younger target audience in mind, anywhere from high school to mid-20s, but as someone very close to 30, I thought much of this book spoke to me as well. Which is great, because sometimes it's a bummer being the only friend in a medium-sized group who is single.

    I appreciated that even though the focus of this book is on preparing one's heart for a future spouse/marriage, I wasn't made to feel like that praying for my future husband was the only way I should find value in myself. Gunn and Goyer make me feel like this is just one aspect of my life, not the only part of the most important part.

    What I really liked were the end questions at the end of each chapter. It's so easy to read a book about prayer and forget it as soon as you're done, so having these very real and practical questions and the end helped me focus on what I was learning and how I could apply it to my own life. For that reason, I only let myself read one chapter a day because reading more at once would have defeated the purpose of going slow enough to really apply what I was reading to my own life.

    I highly recommend this book for anyone who isn't married but desires to be someday. It's a great way to focus on finding a spouse who is more than just someone who fills a temporary need. This book would make a great study for a single's group or for a girl's group.

    Rating: 9/10

    I received this book for free in return for a review from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishers' Blogging for Books. I was not asked to make a positive review, only an honest one.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2011

    Inspiring read for teenage girls

    I became a Christian when I was in seventh grade. I was alone, in my bedroom, reading a book called Summer Promise by Robin Jones Gunn. I grew in my faith as I read the subsequent books in the Christy Miller series and even prayed for my future husband (he's awesome, by the way) as Christy did. With all of that said, I really enjoyed reading Robin Jones Gunn & Tricia Goyer's Praying for your Future Husband.

    It is geared at teenage girls, and they definitely hit their mark. Through personal storytelling, shared stories from readers, prayers for the reader and her future husband, and insightful questions, the authors guide the reader to see the value in prayer, and especially prayer for their future husband. Their writing does not talk down to the teenagers; instead, it felt respectful and encouraging.

    As always, Robin Jones Gunn does not disappoint! Thank you, WaterBrook Multnomah, for a great book that I would feel confident giving to a teenage girl seeking guidance. I received this book for frizzle in exchange for my honest review.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 25, 2011

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    Prayer is a powerful thing...

    "God has a beautiful romance prepared for you. Prayer is the key to unlocking the love story ¿ with your future husband and with God, the lover of your soul."
    Description:

    Praying for Your Future Husband- Preparing Your Heart for His is a book for Christian females, (teens and older), containing stories about finding "The One", and the struggles we sometimes face along the way. Besides stories, there are patches of scripture throughout, and many opportunities to write down thoughts and reflections; there are also discussion questions and exercises included.

    Review:
    Honestly, I had never pondered about praying for my future significant other. First thoughts: How does that work? and, Would it really make a difference? Well, after reading through 13 chapters and 207 pages of stories and scripture-filled prayer ideas, I have to say, I actually get it. The way this book is set up, it does an amazing job answering the why's and how's. Subjects include praying for: his heart, a God lover, patience, understanding, trust, loyalty and faithfulness, strength, protection, intimacy, "the List", contentment, and commitment. I also really liked how they included a section of scriptures to be used in prayer, and a section in each chapter for reflection and feelings on specific topics of discussion. The authors, Robin Jones Gunn and Tricia Goyer write great books, so I had a feeling that this collaboration would also produce a noteworthy book, even if I didn't originally get the why's, and it is just that. Full of wisdom, hope, inspiration, and encouragement, Praying for Your Future Husband is a must-read for anyone who has ever thought about having a husband or being a wife. I believe that it would also benefit men to read this book, or maybe a couple authors should write a more male-based "Praying for Your Future Wife..." book. Thanks for renewing my outlook on the future, your experiences have, and will continue to influence your readers.

    Rating: On the Run (4.5/5)

    *** I received this book from WaterBrook Multnomah (Blogging For Books) in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2014

    A beautiful, practical must-read

    Do you ever dream about "the one"? Do you ever survey the mind-blowing divorce rates and fear for your own (current or future) marriage? Fear or hope or both or neither, this book is for you. Yes, it is geared more toward single young women, primarily teens, but the principles and insights are useful for any age. Robin and Tricia have very different stories - one, a "good girl" who thought she'd found her prince, the other, a teenaged mom who thought all romance was lost to her. It is precisely the differences that make this book so impactful and relatable. No matter who you are, where you are, or what you have done, there is something is this book you can relate to and much you can learn. Robin and Tricia are funny, real, kind, genuine, and insightful as they share their own stories and those of other girls they've met. Rich with quotes, verses, helpful questions, beautiful prayers, abd even pretty graphics, this book is a treat in every respect. Each chapter deals with a different attribute to pray for - understanding, contentment, or being a God lover, for example - and shows how that specific quality impacted their stories and why it's so important. I loved how specific and practical it was, for it is so vague and overwheming to be told, "Pray for your future husband!" This book shows you what to pray for and why. I loved the gorgeous, helpful prayers at the end of each chapter, as well as the "pick ten important qualities" list. Overall, this was a well-done, life-changing book every girl should read as she looks forward to (or even straight at) marriage.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2014

    For teens

    I did not realize this book was geared towards teen girls. I guess I was hoping for something a little more insightful for a mid 20's early 30's point of view. Great message though! I love anything Robin writes about. Definitely going to have my younger sister read this.

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  • Posted January 10, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    This book made me truly think about what I should pray about my future husband. Being 17, I have found few resources with this kind of focus and inspiration. The two-sided stories/two perspectives on everything from the two authors enhanced my study of this book. I liked having both authors' stories and examples. I would recommend this to other teenage girls.
    Shelly Mowery

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  • Posted December 19, 2011

    Not Just Ordinary Prayer

    In Praying For Your Future Husband, Robin Gunn and Tricia Goyer give Biblical principles on prayer, and not just your ordinary prayer, a prayer for your future husband. Every girl dreams of one day marrying there very own ¿prince charming,¿ but what about all that time before marriage. Our days should be filled with prayer not only for him to be the right person for her sake, but also that she be the right person for him. Robin and Tricia give many of there own personal stories to help us better understand the power of prayer, and how it was exhibited in there lives. Different people with different stories, but the same all-mighty, all-knowing Godanswering the prayers of His children.



    This book takes topics such as commitment, God-lover, and others that we should be praying daily for our

    future husband that he would have these characteristics, but also that we would develop them as well. I would recommend this book to any lady single, young, or married, and not so young. This book can help point out areas that need improvement in your life as well as take on a new aspect of prayer, a prayer for your future.

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  • Posted November 25, 2011

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    awesome book

    When I first got this book, I sighed, rolled my eyes, and thought, "Oh, no, not another self-help book for how women can find Christian men. I'm sick and tired if these books." However, when I started to get into the book, I was pleasantly surprised. The pages flew by, and I grew in the process. The book focuses on praying for your future husband and yourself. There are many Scriptural verses that fit perfectly in the context of each chapter. The authors even give personal stories from their own lives with what they've learned. There are discussion questions and suggested prayers and other women's perspectives. Women who read this book will pray over their husband and be changed. Even if they never get married, they will grow immensely in this process. To keep yourself pure and pray for others while sprinting after God is a beautiful thing.

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  • Posted September 9, 2011

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    For any girl/woman who is dating or thinking about dating

    Review by Jill Williamson
    In this book for girls and young women, Robin Jones Gunn and Tricia Goyer tell their stories of love. They talk about how most girls dream of meeting "The One" and how many of us get sidetracked along the way and sometimes create nothing but heartbreak for ourselves. The book is cleverly divided into chapters of what to pray for you and your future husband, which also telling personal stories from Robin, Tricia, other girls, and some boys as well.

    I enjoyed reading the testimonies of girls who had prayed for their future husbands and how those prayers had been answered, sometimes very specifically. How I wish I could go back to my own high school years and have found this book in my house. What a difference it would have made in shaping my hopes and dreams. I highly recommend this book for any girl/woman who is has started dating or who is thinking about it. Mothers could read it with their daughters. And youth pastors or their wives could read it with their teen girls. Prayer is powerful.

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  • Posted July 19, 2011

    Awesome

    Praying For Your Future Husband by Robin Jones Gunn and Tricia Goyer was such an inspiring book. It's filled with heartfelt stories from their personal lives, lives of readers who have written to them over the years, and lives of people they know. Reading each chapter is a learning experience...teaching you different areas for which not only do our future husbands need prayer, but we do as well. And as you pray for your future spouse, you find yourself changing for the better. It has scriptures and prayers and plenty of room for adding your own little notes. There are even review questions at the end of each chapter that help you to delve into the subject more deeply. This book challenges you to think and pray and to actively be an avid warrior for your future husband. Definitely worth reading.

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  • Posted June 14, 2011

    Very good read!

    Have you ever thought about praying for your future husband?
    Will it make a difference?
    There's only one way to find out.

    From when we were small girls, most of us dream of "The One," our future husband. We think about what it would be like to be a bride. We wonder who that special guy is and when we'll find him. The great news is that what you do now can make a difference in your life and the life of your future husband!
    Authors and good friends Robin Jones Gunn (Christy Miller series) and Tricia Goyer (author and former teen mom) believe God answers women's prayers for husbands-even husbands they may not meet for years. They invite young women to pray boldly for their future mate . while also asking God to prepare their own hearts.
    In Praying for Your Future Husband, Robin and Tricia share their two vastly different experiences, including the things they did right and the mistakes they made on the path to meeting and marrying their husbands. Each chapter includes helpful Bible verses, prayers, and practical application, along with true stories of women who prayed for a husband and how God answered in remarkable ways.
    God has a beautiful romance prepared for you. Prayer is the key to unlocking the love story . with your future husband and with God, the lover of your soul.(book blurb)


    This book was pretty easy to read. It's written like a letter or conversation from the authors to the reader. It covers a lot of different topics, and is also pretty thought-provoking. Each chapter covers a different aspect of praying for your future husband-his salvation, his faith, his protection, etc.-as well as how to also pray for yourself about the same things. Some of them were things I'd never really thought about praying for (such as his protection and contentment-stuff that's crossed my mind but never really "clicked"). The authors share their experiences with dating, crushes, and boys, and there are notes at the end of each chapter from other ladies on the same topics. (This is written more in more of a "dating" view than courtship.) There are also places to write down your thoughts, sort of like a mini-diary entry. Every chapter introduces new questions about praying for you future husband, about how you are preparing yourself for him; also the authors include a lot of Scripture references to look up. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. If you liked I Kissed Dating Goodbye, this might be one you want to check out.


    * There is mention of an abortion in some chapters (not graphic or detailed). One chapter is about saving sex for marriage, but it's really short and doesn't get very detailed or anything. I'd say it's appropriate for girls 12 or older. *

    I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah's Blogging for Books program in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted June 11, 2011

    A Must-Read for Young Women

    Title: Praying for Your Future Husband.

    Author: Robin Jones Gunn and Tricia Goyer.

    Genre: Christian, Nonfiction, Prayer.

    Plot: Prayer is powerful; it's the most powerful weapon available to Christians across the world. And the best part? It's effective. Every day is a spiritual battle and one of the spiritual battles every unmarried woman engages in is for her future husband. So, how do we do that? In their book Mrs. Gunn and Mrs. Goyer provide us with an outline, a set of guidelines, some helpful tips, and a few inspiring true life accounts, including their own.

    Laid out in thirteen easy to comprehend chapters that cover praying your future husband will be a God Lover to praying for his heart, for patience, understanding {coupled with forgiveness}, trust, loyalty and faithfulness, strength, protection {this is important as it pertains to the spiritual battles I mentioned earlier: Satan will do everything in his power to break down and take out a strong Christian man in any and every way possible}, intimacy, the List {yeah, you know what I'm talking about}, contentment, and commitment. The authors also include a list of fifty-two additional verses to pray for your future husband at the end of the book, and encourage the reader not to stop there but to write their own prayers, whatever God puts on their hearts.

    The authors' own personal stories, particularly Mrs. Goyer's, are moving, inspiring and encouraging as we watch them search for the right man while drawing closer to God through the ups and downs of life.

    Likes/Dislikes: This is a really good book. I highly recommend that every teenage or young adult unmarried woman read it. About the only thing I really didn't like was that the authors kept switching between all these false modern translations of the Bible including NIV, MSG, NLT, CEV, GW, NASB, RSV, AMP, and NCV. My family and I believe that the KJV or NKJV are the only true, trustworthy versions of the Bible. I recommend that you read the verses in the translation with which you are most familiar and comfortable with.

    Rating: PG-14 and up. Girls only. Highly recommended!

    Date Report Written: June 11, 2011.

    This book was provided free by the publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in the above review are my own.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2011

    Praying for You? Or Your Future Husband? I Got Both!

    Great book! Opens up a lot of discussion for how one goes about praying for her future husband, and in turn how prayer can change the girl praying for the better. Each chapter followed a well planed layout: discuss the topic, tell a portion of the two authors own love stories in reference to the topic at hand, share a few more real life stories shared by women and how prayer played a part in their love stories, bring it all around at the end summing up the chapter, and then closing with two prayers that the reader can pray, one about her future husband, and one for the reader to pray for herself, asking God to not only develop the qualities she was praying for in her husband to be, whoever he is, but that He would also give her opportunities to grow in those same characteristics.
    I know that many girls scoff at the "ploys" that seem to be rampart in our society to "get a guy". I've heard girls complain that so many girls think that if they start doing things like praying for their future husband, that God would suddenly make him appear. What I liked about this book, however, was that the authors did a fine job of showing the power of prayer, and how prayer for a future husband not only benefits the man in question (as told in many amazing stories in the book where women got the feeling to pray specific things for their future husbands on the very day the men needed it most!) but prayer also greatly benefits the one praying, and develops a deeper, more personal relationship with God!
    This is a great book for any girl who is in that place of discouragement because she longs to find her "one" but is clueless as to what she can do about it. There is power in prayer!

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  • Posted May 30, 2011

    A Radical Dating Concept: Pray For Your Future Spouse!

    This slim little volume packs a punch of depth, conviction and beauty. I was a bit over the hill when the book I Kissed Dating Goodbye by Josh Harris came out. This book is a bit similar, but I think much more of a friendly read then the latter.
    Two friends and fellow authors Robin and Tricia share how their lives changed when they started praying for their future spouses. Neither of these women had pristine dating histories when they began praying, but God answered their prayers in more magical ways then they could have comprehended. Along side their personal stories they offer Bible verses to meditate on with other women's stories of how praying for their own future spouses changed their lives. Topics they cover range from patience, strength, commitment, faith, purity, faithfulness, and many others.

    I would recommend this book. It is written in love and convicts, educates and shows that God is in control no matter what.

    I received my free copy of Praying For Your Future Husband by Robin Jones Gunn and Tricia Goyer from Waterbrook/Multnomah Press for the strict purposes of posting a review. This is via their Blogging for Books program and my review is solely mine.

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  • Posted May 22, 2011

    Great Book for Young Women!

    Praying for Your Future Husband: Preparing Your Heart for His is a book I wish I would have had as a teen and in my single young adult life. I believe it would have given me some direction and purpose while I was waiting for my future husband. There are so many great elements to this book. The chapters are organized by prayers for different areas of the future husband's life, but also spend time in focus on the girl/woman too. A few titles include "Pray for His Heart," "Pray for Patience," and "Pray for Trust." Authors Gunn and Goyer also share their journey towards marriage with some of their choices AND mistakes along the way. We also get to hear from other women, and their stories as it relates to their future husband. I really enjoyed this book. I am already married, but there are many scriptures and prayers that will be useful to me too. Prayer should be a lifelong endeavor to strengthen and help the marriage grow, as I am sure both authors will tell you. I highly recommend this book for teens. It will help them focus and give them a tool for direction and guidance as they endeavor to fulfill God's plan for their life as they wait for their future husband. But teens are not only the ones that will benefit. Young single adult women will also benefit exceedingly. I know there are many women out there of "non-traditional" age who would like to get married. I was one of them. This book will be helpful and bless them as well. There is a chapter entitled "Pray for Contentment" that will help retain focus until the time of meeting the future husband. Additionally, this book would make a great Bible study on the subject of singleness and marriage. This book is not for perfect women, who have made no mistakes. This book is for young ladies who want to follow God and receive His best for them. Many blessings to you on the beautiful journey God has for you and happy reading! Beth Jeremiah 29:11 Disclaimer: I received this book as part of a program for free books for bloggers from Waterbrook Multnomah. I was not required to give a favorable review. The opinions given here are entirely my own.

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  • Posted May 17, 2011

    Recommended

    Overall
    I would recommend this book. It was based off of the Bible, was very thorough, easy to read, and essentially - great.

    The authors go from the why, to the when, to the how, to the what very concisely.




    Best points
    I really liked the fact that this book is God-centered, and not romance, guy, or even marriage centered.

    The honesty of the authors was also very refreshing - and I enjoyed reading other peoples stories as well.

    Warnings
    This is not a warning per-se, but I do want my readers to be aware of the fact that the authors are not advocates of the courtship method*. (At least not in this book, although they do advocate purity.)


    Other observations
    I would not recommend rushing though this book. It is best when pondered & absorbed slowly.



    My Rating
    8 out of 10 stars. ??????????


    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


    *My definition of "courtship" is one in which the couple has marriage in mind & the girl's dad (or trusted guardian) is the one calling many of the shots.

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  • Posted May 17, 2011

    Inspiring book, for women at all stages of hoping for a wonderful man in their lives!

    I know most of you would think "shes been married for 14 years, why would she want to read a book about praying for your FUTURE husband?" Well I had heard about this book, co written by one of my favorite authors, Robin Jones Gunn, and I just had to check it out. Its not a novel that you just sit down and read, its more of an interactive guide with personal stories, Bible verses, ideas, and prayers, plus space to write your own thoughts like you would in a diary. This book also has a short list of questions at the end of each chapter to encourage you to take a deeper look for the answers in yourself. The title suggests that this book is here to show you how to pray yourself a husband, much like wishing on a star or a geanie granting a wish, but instead it shows you how to look for the best God has planned for you and how to prepare yourself while praying your future husband is doing the same. "All of the longings embedded in our hearts to be sought, found, desired, and loved forever are placed there by the One who created us. Remember, God is the Relentless Lover. We are His first Love, and He has never stopped pursuing us because He wants us to be with Him forever. Every earthly love story borrows its theme from this eternal story by the Author and Finisher of our faith." " ... your prayers are the first gifts you will give to your future husband. Gifts in which heaven participates. Gifts sent ahead before the two of you have even met. How cool is that?" "Perhaps you've noticed that oftentimes the way God answers prayers isn't what we expect. We look back years later and see that what God did was oh so much better than what we first envisioned when we sent our heartfelt requests heavenward." As you pray for your future husband, your heart will become closer to God, your heart will be transformed, what changes will God bring about in the life of the guy you are praing for? What changes will come about in your own life? There is only one way to find out! Now that I've shared a little of the words from the book, let me tell you that I cant wait to share this book with my children, espically my daughters, one of which is now a teenager. But I also intend to share this book with my son, there are a lot of things that if you substitute husband with wife, will work just as well to encourage your son to pray also. And coming from the standpoint of reading it as a happily married woman of more than 14 years, I was still able to take and use and be encouraged by a lot of what is written here. Its never too late to learn how to pray for your husband, wheather he's in your future, your present or even your past. There are 2 sides to every coin. Where the stories from Robin come from the lips of a woman who waited and prayed for her husband until the day she was married, the stories from Tricia come from the lips of a woman who made different choices, but still wound up trusting that God had the best in mind for her, and God was faithful in that trust. This book is filled with wisdom and encouragement, questions made to make you think and open your heart to the possibilities of what your relationship with God and your future husband can be like. "I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review".

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  • Posted May 16, 2011

    A MUST read for any single woman

    This book is a gem for a single woman to learn HOW to pray and WHAT to pray for in a future husband. The book's two authors, Robin and Tricia, share their real life, and love stories in each chapter that are relatable and inspiring. Tricia and Robin each share their failures, heartbreaks, and happy endings. Each chapter also includes scriptures, quotes, and real stories from other women who prayed for their future husbands and saw real results, along with discussion questions at the end of each chapter to encourage deeper thought into each subject presented. The subtitle,"Preparing your heart for his" is the theme of this book, showing the reader that through prayer and praying for other people (your future husband), you will in turn become closer to God and grow in knowing HIM. Specific items are discussed and listed for the reader to pray for, including attributes to look for in a future husband. Single women are encouraged to have faith and patience, be in prayer, and wait for what God has in store for you. This book has an enticing cover, and is easy and enjoyable to read. My twelve year old daughter also enjoyed the book, as it was appropriate for her to read too. This is a must read for any single woman, as you are never too young or too old to start praying from your heart for your future husband. I received this e-book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted May 16, 2011

    Great book for single young women!

    Praying for Your Future Husband Preparing Your Heart for His by Robin Jones Gunn and Tricia Goyer is a book for young Christian women. It's exactly what the title says, a sort of guidebook for praying for your future husband, yourself, and your future relationship. The book has questions at the end of every chapter for more in depth thinking on each subject. Also, it has scriptures at the end relating to it all.

    First off, I absolutely adore the cover. Yes, I can be swayed by a book cover. This one with the clouds and fields, I can just feel a warm spring breeze passing through!

    The authors have a good subject here, I think. It is important to pray for everything in life, and especially something as important as your future husband. They take turns relating their own life experiences with men. They are completely, even sometimes painfully, honest about the choices they made.

    I liked the book, although I do wish they had written it for women of all ages. Not being a young womany anymore, some of the advice didn't quite mesh for me. But there are things to learn from it about prayer and trusting God that are good for all ages!

    *Disclaimer: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. I was not required to submit a positive review.

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  • Posted May 13, 2011

    God, Prayer, and the Future Hubby

    In Praying For Your Future Husband, Gun and Goyer produced thirteen chapters, each on an area a young woman could pray about for her future husband while she waits for God to bring them together. The authors share the journeys of their own love stories while including short testimonies from other women who prayed for a husband and how God answered those prayers. The book sprinkles Scripture, poems, and quotes throughout, and offers written prayers to pray for the readers themselves as well as for their future husbands. Study questions finish off each chapter. Though the book could no doubt be relevant to single women of any age, it seems like it is targeted more for those in their teens and early twenties.

    When I first started reading it, I wanted to like this book, I really did, and I agree with its basic premise (praying for the future man in your life now) wholeheartedly, but as I read on something rubbed me wrong. It was a tad on the gushy-sweet side and that was a put off for me personally, but perhaps I would have felt differently had I read it years ago. Besides that, some other points bothered me.

    For example, one of the chapters suggests that young women begin praying that when their future husbands sin, they will get caught so that they do not begin to think they can sin and get away with it. It seems to me that it would be much more appropriate to pray that your future husband finds temptation repugnant, that God will give Him strength to resist it, and that when he does sin he will repent quickly.

    In chapter 11 the authors discuss the lists young women make about what they want in a future spouse. Gunn cites the example of a woman who had a nine-page list of specifics in what she wanted for a husband, and implies that this is not a good idea. The chapter then goes on to offer a testimony from another woman God blessed with a husband who did fit her nitty-gritty requirements, and how that served to let her know that he was "the one". There is another similar testimony from another woman elsewhere in the book. Granted, nine pages is a bit extreme, but the author's point does seem a bit inconsistent with the testimonies. Who says God wont answer a nine page list?

    Though the book has prayers throughout to pray for your future husband, it is also sprinkled with a few "God may not want you to get married"s. The epilogue says that it is a "mystery" if the reader will get married or not. It is, or course, pretty much impossible for these authors to guarantee any of their readers that it is absolutely in God's will that they be married, but considering the topic of the book, I think it would have been a good idea to have a beginning chapter about praying to see if it is God's will for the reader to be married, than to have the readers go through prayers for their future husband and remind them from time to time that said future husband may not exist.

    There were a few other things I didn't quite like, but this review is already too long. I did enjoy reading the testimonies of women who had their prayers for husbands answered,and the authors put in some good scriptures. They do bring up some good points to pray about as well.

    I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for this review.

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