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  1. bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Good format but has some issues
    July 15, 2017
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 2
    The aim of the author is to provide readers a way to intentionally be quiet and hear God better. There are 52 devotions divided into seven sections representing the different types of prayer found in the Bible. Each devotion has a Scripture, a short devotion, and two journal prompts with plenty of space given for thoughtful writing. Some of the responses are involved and may take a few days to complete, such as finding three truths about God's character and relating them to burdens. (53)

    There is much I like about this book. I like that space is given right after the devotion for journal entries. No extra notebook is needed. I like that Hiltibidal included lament as one of the sections. That is a valuable spiritual discipline we often ignore.

    There are also a few things I don't like about the book. It is somewhat shallow. For example, when writing about God's mercy, she says, "When you are sick and suffering, He is sad. He cares. He heals." (24) There is nothing about the purposes of God, such as His discipline or the lessons that may be learned in such a situation.

    She uses at least one verse out of its context. John 16:20, about sorrow turning to joy, records what Jesus specifically said to His disciples about His death and resurrection. Can we really take that verse and make it a universal truth for Christians? Perhaps another verse would have been a better choice.

    The book also contains some sloppy theology. When writing about the feelings as a follower of God after sinning, she concludes, "...your feelings should compel you to repent, to turn from the wrong you've done. This change ultimately leads to salvation." (112) This might give a reader the wrong impression, that changed behavior must come before salvation.

    I also had an issue with some language or sentence structure. She writes, "Try to identify an area of your life where God isn't as present as He should be." (89) God is present. Period. There is no "should" about it. Perhaps she could have asked readers to identify areas in life where God's presence is not sensed or felt. That puts the responsibility to experience God's presence on us, where it belongs.

    I like the style of the book, a Scripture, a devotion and journal prompts. Unfortunately, it suffers from issues that could have been corrected by careful editing.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
  2. gcw1
    York, PA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Prayer project
    July 10, 2017
    gcw1
    York, PA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    THE WEEKLY PRAYER PROJECT

    A Challenge to Journal, Pray, Reflect and Connect with God

    Published by Zondervan

    A question on the back of the book: Are you ready for a project that will actually change your life? This book will help you answer that question. You get a scripture reading, space to journal and a week to reflect on each reading. The book is setup into seven sections of different types of prayers found in the Bible. They are, requests, gratitudes, laments, intercession, faith, repentance and awe. Each week you read from the Bible a scripture and then journal your response. A short description of the scripture is included and space for journaling your thoughts. You can reflect throughout the week and add to your journaled notes. You are not confined to one subject you can jump to other subject as you feel the need for help in a certain area..

    The book can be a great addition to your daily readings and should add to and help with understanding God. Use it for your quiet time and as a tool to better hear Gods still, small voice and connect with Him. A great addition to your library and can be used year after year.

    I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers 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 Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255

  3. Kendra
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    well-designed prayer journal for women
    July 3, 2017
    Kendra
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This journal provides 52 Scripture-based prompts for one year of weekly prayer, reflection and journaling for women. Each double-page entry features one to three Bible verses, followed by a two or three sentence commentary and questions to think about, with wide lines for writing personal responses. The 52 entries are arranged in seven categories of prayers: Requests, Gratitude, Lament, Intercession, Faith, Repentance and Awe. Scripture passages are taken from the ESV, NIV, NLT and NKJV.

    An example:

    Category: Intercession

    Scripture Text: Gal. 6:2.

    "In a world that tells you to look out for yourself and get ahead, Jesus' message of sacrificial love for others is a beautiful departure. In what ways have others supported you during tough times? How did their help show you more of God's love? Does someone in your life have an unmet need? How can you help this person? Ask the Holy Spirit for guidance."

    I didn't find the entries to be deeply profound, but as a once-a-week exercise, it could be very helpful in breaking out of a "prayer rut." Having a written record of prayers is encouraging and faith-building to look back on later and observe how God has answered. With the peaceful, tasteful artwork, a ribbon bookmark, and dedication page, this book seems well suited for gift giving or for personal use.

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my review.
  4. Aussiegirl
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The weekly Prayer Journal
    June 30, 2017
    Aussiegirl
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Weekly Prayer Project

    A Challenge to Journal, Pray, Reflect and Connect with God

    The cover is pretty, it is a hard cover I love to pick books out by the cover a lot of times this was not one of them, all the cover had to have on it was Prayer and I knew I needed to get it review.

    This journal has 52 weeks the weeks are not dated so you can star in the middle of this year and finish next year or when every you want to star and in what week youd like to start for example: Week 22 No Words or week 26 Praying Sacrificially many more beautiful pages to journal on. There are 143 pages to write your prayers, your thoughts then at anytime you can return to this journal and reflect on what you wrote and what prayer you might have written and see if your thoughts are the same or have you grown closer to God and now your thought and prayers maybe on a different level because of your relationship with God has changed. Each reading is a Bible verse, a full explanation on how you can relate to God. The water colored pictures of plants and other is beautiful and is at the start of each section. They are called Contents: Request, Gratitude, Lament, Intercession, Faith Repentance and Awe. Just the contents made me love this journal Ok the pictures too.

    I have to say Zondervan did a great job on this book I love it, you will too I can say it with confidence. I recommend it highly.

    I received this beautiful journal free from booklookbloggers for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review just an honest review. The opinions Ive expressed are entirely my own and no one elses.

    5 Stars

    ISBN 978-0-310-08748-9

  5. Jen Pen
    Midwest
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Beautiful journal and keepsake of prayers...
    June 29, 2017
    Jen Pen
    Midwest
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    SUMMARY:

    Encouraging readers to be more intentional in their connections with God, author Scarlet Hiltibidal presents a personal journal filled with scripture, Bible verses, writing prompts and pages of lined paper for journaling thoughts, ideas, prayers, and dreams. Each two-page layout is broken into weekly topics under a broader subject. Encased in a hard cover book, this prayer project includes a presentation page, soft illustrations, reflection stories and a page marking ribbon.

    A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:

    Designed for the busy person who still yearns to spend time with God, The Weekly Prayer Project allows for the project to begin at any time, topics to be rearranged, and thoughtful, heartfelt writing to take place. Simple yet providing a deeper connection if desired, this book truly meets the reader where they are in faith. Based on prayers, each corresponding scripture verse and writing idea encourages personal consideration. Though not necessarily a devotional, this book touches more on prayers which could be easily incorporated into devotion time. Perfect as a gift, ministry or even a Bible study, this is a project I intend to complete.

    RATING:

    4.5 (out of 5) pennies

    *I received a complimentary copy of The Weekly Prayer Project from BookLook Bloggers for my honest review*
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