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Posted July 15, 2013
In her latest book, Kathi Lipp urges today’s busy woman to pause for a moment and focus on praying for God to move in her life. With humor and insight, Kathi Lipp helps navigate the reader through the mountain that is prayer, providing examples of Scriptures to pray, practical steps to making prayer a daily habit, and true stories of women who prayed God’s Word for their lives. Part I (Chapters 1-3) helps the reader cultivate a mindset and space for prayer. Kathi Lipp not only addresses the bigger question of why we should pray, but she also tackles the little things that often keep us from prayer, like a wandering mind or packed schedule.
Part II (Chapters 4-17) provides fourteen specific areas to pray God’s Word for your life, such as in your marriage, in your finances, or when you’re feeling overwhelmed. You can pray through a different chapter every day or focus on a specific chapter during a particular season of life, making this a versatile prayer devotional book you can return to. The stories interspersed throughout each chapter are funny, thought provoking, and encouraging. Some of the stories still have me smiling and thinking, “Oh yeah, been there!”
As the title indicates, this book is all about praying God’s Word, and each chapter is filled with Scripture passages relating to the chapter’s topics. Each Scripture passage is followed by a prayer, which you can pray or model your own prayer off of.
Finally, the practical steps integrated throughout the entire book—going for a walk, rethinking your to-do list, or seeking professional help, for example—provide a healthy action-oriented complement to the contemplative nature of prayer. We need both stillness and action in our lives, and this book recognizes that.
Praying God’s Word for Your Life challenges the reader to take hold of the promises in Scripture and find comfort and joy in God’s Word. I found it immensely encouraging and hope you do too.
Posted July 12, 2013
We women pray for family, friends, etc. but not so much for ourselves, feeling that might be selfish. Kathi Lipp knows that needs to change, if only one minute at a time to start. We’ll then see important changes in our lives.
Lipp begins this book with how to prepare your attitude and heart to pray. She deals with likely obstacles to this crucial time with God. She gives tools to make prayer life better and stronger, with reasons why, such as God’s desire to give us in abundance.
Part Two, the longer section of the book is awesome. Written in her usual conversational style, the book reads easily. Kathi focuses on thirteen areas and times when we need to pray, such as about our health or anxieties. She quotes relevant scriptures, then adds a short prayer.
I’ve personally often disliked written prayers, because they didn’t speak what my heart felt. But Kathi Lipp’s prayers ring true and honest. She avoids ‘churchy’ talk for ‘real’ requests that women relate to.
This is a book to keep by your prayer place and refer to for many prayer session, years worth, even. The writing will speak to your heart and help you speak to God.
Posted June 10, 2013
Kathi Lipp in her new book, "Praying God's Word for Your Life" Book Two in her Praying God's Word series published by Revell gives us a look at the power God has given us to change our lives God's way.
From the Back Cover: You pray for others-but are you forgetting to pray for yourself?
Many of us find it easy to pray for the concerns and well-being of others. But when it comes to praying for ourselves, we may wonder, Should I pray for my own needs? Are any prayers too big or too small? Are my prayers selfish? Does praying really make a difference?
Praying God's Word for Your Life gives women the direction and Scripture we need to bring purpose and power to our prayers. In her warm, approachable style, Kathi Lipp shares more than one hundred specific prayers for our lives, relationships, worries, mistakes, faith, and more. The simple strategies Kathi reveals will help each of us create a habit of praying with renewed boldness, consistency, and expectation.
Do you pray for yourself? Of course, however some of us might continue on and say only when they face a crisis or moment of decision. Some of us don't even think that God wants us to pray for ourselves. Sounds kind of selfish, no? Yet the truth is far from being selfish it is what God wants you to do. When the Disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray Jesus gave them what we call the "Our Father". That is a very personal prayer. Want to pray God's way so that you can see answers to your prayers and change in your life? Kathi Lipp is going to show you how to pray and let the Holy Spirit do the changing. Part One is three chapters that are "Preparing For Prayer". Then in Part Two, the actual "Prayers For Your Life" Ms. Lipp provides fourteen chapters on topics to pray for with verses of Scripture that show God's thinking and practical steps. Want a book that will enrich your relationship with God and with others then this book is for you. I recommend this book highly.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell. 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."
"Available June 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group."
Posted June 5, 2013
Praying God’s Word for Your Life by Kathi Lipp is my go-to prayer book each morning. It is filled with prayers for your relationships, work, worries, mistakes, health, and purpose. Seriously, she has a prayer for just about anything. What I love most is it’s not just a book of prayers, but it has stories, scripture, and teaches you how to prepare yourself for prayer.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 23, 2013
Prayer is one of the most difficult spiritual disciplines for me to do. I really struggle in that area. Mostly because I just don't feel worthy to come before the creator of the universe, the very Holiest of Holiest. So I don't.
It's not that I never pray, because I do. Sometimes even fervently. But to just sit down with the intention of praying, it doesn't happen. Usually. The times I do my mind goes completely blank. I do often send up "Thank You" prayers and "HEEELLLLPPP!!!" prayers throughout the day. I would love to do more than that and I'm sure God would love for me to do more too.
Enter my dear, dear friend, Kathi Lipp. Now Kathi and I have never met one another face-to-face yet but I still count her as a dear friend (in case you couldn't tell by the above sentence. Yes I do have a penchant for stating the redundant obviously). Every time I get an email offering one of her books for review, I jump at the chance.
Her latest offering is Praying God's Word for Your Life and won't be out until June, 2013 but plan now on getting it!
I had had it for a few days before I sat down to start reading it. I knew better than to start it in the late afternoon as I find it incredibly hard to put Kathi's books down. This was no exception. I read no fewer than 13 chapters that night. And my soul was blessed beyond measure.
If you're familiar at all with her other books, you know she's a very easy author to read. Her books are full of wisdom, cleverly disguised as true stories. She uses humor to bring home truths. Her words are hard-hitting without bludgeoning you to death.
In Praying God's Word for Your life, she takes away all of our excuses for not praying. Excuses like Time. That's a big one for me. "I don't have time." Of course if I could manage to drag my carcass out of bed earlier I'd have time.
Excuses like being distracted. I am the queen of distraction. I am incredibly easy to distract...SQUIRREL! Now what was I saying? Oh yeah...excuses like unreasonable expectations and a wandering mind. My mind not only wanders...sometimes it leaves completely.
All of Scripture is incredibly amazing. When coupled with the prayers Kathi has in the book, they simply come alive. I now have a lot more "favorite" verses than I did last week.
Friends, do yourself a favor and get this book! It isn't available until June 1 of this year but you need this book. Think of the power that will be unleashed in our lives when we get serious about getting to know our Heavenly Father and allowing Him to work in and through us.
"...when you give your time to God, He ub turn multiplies your time, your energy, and your gifts. There is nothing better you can do with your time --not work, not volunteer at church, not parent--than build your relationship with your heavenly Father."
*Available June 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell a division of Baker Publishing Group.*
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.