Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Especially in the waiting.

I just finished Praying for Your Future Husband by Robin Jones Gunn and Tricia Goyer from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group, which I received for free in exchange for this review. What an incredible heart these two women have. Gunn and Goyer begin by stating the burden to come along side young women in their quest in seeking God's desire for their future mates. After personally growing up with Gunn's Christy and Todd, I found myself from a young age praying for my future Todd. That God would begin molding and shaping the man God has in store for me. These women start off by saying, "We didn't compose a handbook on techniques or formulas from 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 happen when women pray for their future husbands and the ways Gods answers those prayers" (5-6).

As the pages unfold, stories full of tears, joys, heartaches, and love pour onto the reader. Chapters on praying for his heart, his relationship with God, patience, understanding and trust encourage the reader to take the time to ponder their own desires in a mate but more importantly, I believe, in themselves. The joy of this book is that Gunn and Goyer throw down the challenge of seeking Christ in order to know God more intimately and allow His hands to mold so many marvelous traits into His beloved daughters.

I would encourage any woman, single or married to dive into this book. There are so many things we can become prayer warriors about for our men, whether present or future. Beyond being prayer warriors, I love how the women say...

"Are you finding ways to live your life to the fullest rather than waiting for a husband to come along before your adventures really begin? When you go through rough times- when jobs and people you love are taken from you- are you learning to say, as the apostle Paul did, that you can be content in every situation (see Philippians 4:12)? Are you willing to wait? If you know that God's best for you means waiting until you are're twenty-five, thirty, forty...or never, are you willing to trust Him? Are you willing to live the life He calls you to? Are you willing to let Him be the Lover of your soul?" (171-2).

Challenged eh? So what are you waiting for, pick up a copy and read!

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