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5 Stars Out Of 5
Ignite your prayer life!
April 18, 2012
Marilynn Chadwick has written a book that absolutely breathes with God's presence and purpose. The book is very well-written, easy to read, and practical. The personal stories of answered prayers that Chadwick has experienced made for a riveting read, and I learned so much from her focus on being mindful of how God answers our prayers and on having a spirit of thanksgiving. The practical resources in the book are incredibly useful, both for an individual reader or for use in a Bible study or life group, and I plan to implement many of her suggestions into my own prayer life. By the time I closed the book, I felt challenged to get on my knees and spend more time with God, convicted of times I don't put him first in my life, and excited by the reminder about how amazing it is that God chooses to move through our prayers! Sometimes He Whispers, Sometimes He Roars is an impressive debut into the world of non-fiction, and I hope that Chadwick has future works planned!
I highly recommend this book on prayer, and suggest you plan on adding this one to your personal library or giving it to someone you love. I know that this book has earned a permanent place on my own shelves. I award it 5 out of 5 stars.
Book provided courtesy of the publisher, Howard Books, for the purposes of this unbiased review.
"I encourage you to seek God first in His Word through prayer. Stay connected to Him on a daily basis. Then go about your business. And as you are going, watch. Train your eyes to b alert for God at work. Then listen for His whispers." So advises Marilynn Chadwick in her new release, "Sometimes He Whispers, Sometimes He Roars."
Chadwick's book is one of the best contemporary books on intercessory prayer I've read in a very long time. Beginning with her testimony of how she became a prayer warrior following 9-11, Chadwick takes readers on a journey that will change their prayer lives forever. Using simple and practical guidelines, she demonstrates the importance of prayer, the easiest ways to incorporate prayer into your daily life and the amazing results of answered prayer.
Not only does she teach us how to hear God's voice, Chadwick also shows how the response to God and heeding what He says can lead to incredible opportunities to build your faith. Also included in the book is a 21-Day Prayer Experiment, an 8-week Leader's Study Guide, a special A-List of Prayer Lifeline Scriptures and an exhaustive list of resources for those who want to go even deeper.
The 21-Day Prayer Experiment is an opportunity to learn how powerful and awesome God is and prove that you can be the answer to someone else's prayer.
Marilynn Chadwick is the cofounder and principal speaker of Women Under Construction, an outreach of Forest Hill Church and founded Seeds of Hope, a non-proift that provides education for kids with big dreams but limited resources.
"When you start praying for God to burden your heart for people that are on His heart, it's rather like asking Him to give you a drink from a fire hose. Amazing things begin to happen."
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Worthy Publishing as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. 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."
for any Christian wanting an effective prayer life
January 14, 2012
Oak Harbor, WA
Chadwick's response to 9/11 was to pray. More than that, she writes, "He was calling me to become an active prayer warrior for a hurting and broken world that He deeply loves." (4) As her prayers expanded, she tried to be faithful and listen to God.
She saw a pattern develop and soon began teaching others the six steps to developing a deeper and more effective prayer life. The steps are interrelated - they depend on each other. The steps that she has laid out in this book have revolutionized her prayer life.
Be Alert to God and to the needs around you. You must be intentional at this, she says. She tells of the life changes she made to help her hear the quiet voice of God.
Be Specific, specific enough to recognize the answers as they come. She makes lists of her prayer requests and gives space in the book for readers to do likewise.
Pray With Authority, praying God's Word into situations. She provides a 21 day experiment to discover how God's Word can add power to your prayers. She shows how the prayer Jesus taught His disciples provides a well-balanced prayer diet.
Agree With Others in Prayer. Learn the power of agreement. It seems to ignite prayer with extra power.
Arm Yourself with Spiritual Strength for spiritual as well as earthly battles. Chadwick has learned that her prayer life works best when she is alert and self-controlled. She takes steps to connect with Jesus throughout the day.
Answer God's Call to go into the world with the good news of Jesus Christ and share His love. You will see the hurting people and the needs in the world. You will share in the sufferings of Christ.
Chadwick shares many stories of her own experiences and those of others. They are incredible and really encouraging. Chadwick shares what she has learned, the footprints she has left in her journey with God.
There are several added "bonuses" at the end of the book: personal reflection questions (useful for group study too), a leader's guide for discussion groups (great for novice leaders), a quick start guide to using her card system, and a list of additional resources chadwick has found beneficial.
This is a great book for any Christian who wants to see their prayer life rise to a more effective level.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.