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The Consulting WriterAge: 35-44Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5I Want To Move MountainsOctober 30, 2017The Consulting WriterAge: 35-44Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5He replied,Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faithas small as a mustard seed,you can say to this mountain, Move from here to there, and it will move.Nothing will be impossible for you. - Matthew 17:20
The title first grabbed my attention: Women Who Move Mountains. I've grown up in the church. They are my family. And the ladies who influenced me as a child were strong in their faith, in the walk with God and especially in their prayer life. They were truly prayer warriors. So when I saw the title of this book, I immediately thought of the ladies that have always prayed for me. From when I was a child to even now. When I had gone through four years without even the hint of pregnancy, and they learned that I wanted a child, they began to pray. In twomonths, I was pregnant.
Now, I want to be like those ladies, I want to be a prayer warrior for my family, friends and anyone else who has a desperateneed. But what does it take to move those mountains? Those problems in life that seem impossible. Sue does a great job breaking down what is necessary to get us there. If you try going through life without God, you will be lonely, depressed and overwhelmed. In the past, I might have said, "But I do live a life with God and I'm still lonely, depressed and overwhelmed." But that wouldn't be honest. And those worries and fears I have? Sue puts itpainfully clear. Fear puts God on trial as if we don't fully trust that He'll take care of us. The author continues by showing us how we must learn to pray with faith, heartfelt, not with empty words.
The topics covered in this book include personal experiences from a variety of women, both in the Bible as well as ones the author knows today. And a lot of the stories cover abuse, whether physical or emotional. They don't cover just what happened to the individual, but also how that person lived in fear, shame, and guilt because of what happened. With all the news articles coming out about abuse, I believe this book would be helpful. That doesn't mean that "getting over" the abuse will happen in a day. But it offers something more than dwelling on it, being ashamed or blaming oneself for what had happened.
The book doesn't just focus on the abused. It also covers those with severe anxiety, anxiety that can be crippling and can be a deceiver, exaggerating every little problem or unknown. Sue goes further with an example of someone going through a divorce. All of these struggles, all of these women, I really have nothing in common with. I've not gone through divorced, I've never been abused, I don't have a big problem with anxiety. So how can I still gain something from this book? Because as a woman and a mother, I tend to be extremely self-critical. And while I may not have gone through the same traumatic experiences, I can still benefit from learning to draw closer in my walk and prayer life with God. He's the only one that can give me peace and quiet the lies constantly swirling in my brain.
I wasn't aware of it when I first requested the book, but it actually reads well for a Bible study. In fact, Sue notes links to videos in most chapters. And multiple times, she encourages the reader to seek out other women to form a prayer group in support of each other. I highly recommended this for family, friends, neighbors or church family. Anyone desiring more from God, read this book. I received a complimentary copy from the Baker Publishing Group in exchange for my honest opinion.
jyoung5 Stars Out Of 5Not a new Method of prayer but encourages to increase knowledge of God we pray to.August 6, 2017jyoungQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book is wonderful. It provides a "step by step journey to find true freedom in Christ." The Odd chapters discuss how to change and better my relationship with God through examples from the Bible and personal experience. The Even chapters provide methods of practical application of the prayer principles. This book is for new christians, those who have been christians for a while and mature christians; anyone who desires a greater intimacy with the Lord and desires a deeper prayer life. It helped me see that I don't need to learn new prayer methods. I just need to ask God to increase my faith and grow in knowledge of Him. I loved how real the author was. She encourages readers by sharing her own journey towards intimacy with God and draws out stories from the Bible, easily explaining them in simple terms, and uses them as examples to support her ideas. I love it when authors go right to the Bible to explain their points. She also gives tips for doing a group study of the book, provides training and resources on her website and encourages readers throughout the book. This is a great book. I highly recommend it.
I was given a digital copy from netgalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
Heather KingGloucester, VAAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Women Who Move MountainsAugust 3, 2017Heather KingGloucester, VAAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Part workbook, part regular book, part devotional, Sue Detweiler's Women Who Move Mountains, helps individuals and/or small groups study the power of prayer in every aspect of life. How can we pray with peace instead of anxiety, with humility instead of pride? She begins each section by answering these questions with examples from Scripture, her own life, or her experiences in ministry. In some ways, these chapters are about refining our identity through prayer. The titles reflect that (I am Chosen. I am Healed. I am Secure.) Each subsequent chapter continues with the same topic, but this time focuses on Bible study questions and activities.
At the end of the book, Sue also includes "21 Days to a Spiritual Breakthrough." This section could be used as a daily devotional to complement the themes in the rest of the book.
An individual reading the book could, of course, simply read the book content and skip the workbook-style questions, or enjoy all of it. The book's format works especially well for book clubs, Sunday School classes, and other small groups.
I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and 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.
Jane5 Stars Out Of 5Women Who Move Mountains; Praying with Confidence, Boldness, and GraceJuly 27, 2017JaneQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5There are seasons when my prayer life seems dry, and feels like it becomes the chanting of a list of "please God do..." Other times I can talk with my heavenly Father all day about anything. I have noticed a pattern to these seasons, when I am walking with Him, faithful in his word and truly seeking him with my whole heart conversation comes easily. But, when I am struggling with faith and forgetting that God is capable and trustworthy, my prayer life stagnates. In this book, Women Who Move Mountains, author Sue Detweiler provides a biblical framework for prayer to help keep our prayer lives steadily growing, as well as encouraging stories of women who have gone through dark places and come out radiant because of Jesus.
This is a very practical book, giving scripture readings and challenges to use the tools that are discussed, making it a good book to use either in a group or individual study/prayer time. I liked how the hands on (or the 'on the knees') chapters alternate with the testimony chapters. Sometimes when they are entwined the one distracts from the other; I appreciated being able to focus on the tool, then on the testimonial.
I also felt that this would be a good tool for women who have been the victim of abuse, as many of the testimonials are from women who have suffered at the hands of those who should have loved and protected them. Time and again the author gives a reminder that with the Lord there is hope and peace to be experienced through a vibrant prayer life, even amidst turmoil and grief. The tools laid out in these chapters will help and encourage anyone seeking to walk and talk with Jesus more closely than they have before.
*I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Michele MorinWarren, MaineAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5God Moves Mountains When Women PrayJuly 10, 2017Michele MorinWarren, MaineAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Last year, I started keeping a list of prayer requests, dated and described, and then, to my great surprise answers! Clear direction for a son, help and success in a ministry opportunity, a new and wonderful job for my husband. Reviewing the list from time to time, Im reminded to give thanks, and Im reinforced in my thinking that when it comes to prayer, there is always something new and fresh God wants me to know.
Women Who Move Mountains by Sue Detweiler is clear and comprehensive enough to serve as a primer on prayer for the uninitiated, but Sue has shared so many deeply insightful stories and has woven them so beautifully with Scripture that those who are further along on the journey will also find a rewarding read. Twice in the gospels, Jesus talks with His disciples about mountains moving at their command. Of course, this is not a matter of showcasing the disciples great faith, but rather, the power of God at work on behalf of those who believe.
I have been guilty of praying small and safe, so it was a challenge to hear Sues rallying cry to pray with confidence, boldness, and grace. The book is set up with odd-numbered chapters covering real and raw stories of women who witnessed mountain-moving responses to their prayers, while even-numbered chapters pose questions based on living the principles here at ground level.
Belief in the ever-present, always-available Maker of Heaven and Earth is the foundation for a vibrant prayer life. Unfortunately, fear, shame, anxiety, perfectionism, entitlement, and timidity often derail us in the mountain-moving life. Staying close to Truth is transformational, and this becomes evident in the lives of women whose childhood wounds have been healed and whose orphan mindset has been replaced with assurance that in Gods eyes, they are a much-loved daughter.
Sue hammers on one truth about this following life that almost cannot be overstated:
Just because you obey God does not mean that it will be smooth sailing forever and ever.
Our obedience opens the door to Gods help and connects us to Gods plan, but prayer requires trust at every level. Offsetting the vending-machine-God mentality, Sue reminds readers that Jesus suffered greatly in His time on this planet. The following life is not lived above emotional pain and loss. Women who feel like the walking wounded are encouraged to turn to God rather than blaming God for their wounds.
Biblical examples of women like Hannah who prayed for a child and Esther who prayed for the rescue of her people demonstrate that prayer is a powerful weapon, that it launches us into our destiny, and that amazingly it is as simple as a conversation in which we transparently come before God bearing our stuff.
Just as conversation builds relationship between people, prayer is a day-long interaction with God. And since it is not simply prayer or my puny faith, but rather GOD who moves mountains, I want to press into that relationship and know the heart of this powerful God. Indispensable to our prayer life is a right understanding of who He is, and Sue has shared rich Scriptural insights:
Jesus is uniquely equipped to comfort and strengthen us when we face rejection. Remember what happened in Nazareth? When He challenged the hometown crowd, they were ready to drive Jesus off a cliff!
Its an American idea that if God calls you to a task and if He is truly in it, then success always follows. Dietrich Bonhoeffer said it well: When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die. Some of our most enriching spiritual growth experiences come through failure.
Jesus always had choice words of condemnation for the Pharisees in the crowd and set the example for us. Becoming a woman who moves mountains means you care more about what Jesus thinks than the Pharisees in your life.
F.U.N.K. and H.O.P.E.
Sue employs a couple of creative acronyms to stimulate readers to prayer that results in renewed thinking and powerful life-change. The next time you feel as if you are in a funk, realize that you are Floundering Under Negative Knowledge. Everything that seems dark and wrong may be very true, but staying close to Gods truth fights the slide into the pit.
Likewise, when the dark tunnel seems endless, hope says, Hold On, Pain Ends! God offers His hope when ours has long ago sputtered to a stop.
God-confidence gives perspective for the long haul of praying in light of Gods specific promises. There is so much that He wants to do as He trains us in righteousness, so many good works, prepared beforehand, that are waiting for us who walk with Him. Thanks be to God that we have been invited to come before Him in confidence, boldness, and grace.
This book was provided by Bethany House via Interviews and Reviews in exchange for my review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
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