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In our world of busy schedules and digital distractions, it's hard for families to find time to eat dinner together, let alone pray together. Yet praying together deepens relationships, alleviates fighting and strengthens family ties. In The Prayer Saturated Family, Cheryl Sacks shows you how you can integrate prayer into your daily family life. Make an investment in your children's faith that will last a lifetime.
Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Chosen Books
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
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As we experience an unprecedented cultural attack on biblical values, it has never been more important for families to pray together. But busy schedules, digital distractions, and a general lack of enthusiasm make this vital goal difficult. How do we change the focus of our families from the world to the Lord, and the mood of our households from one of frustration to one of peace and joy?
In The Prayer-Saturated Family, Cheryl Sacks gives you step-by-step guidance and real-world tips on how to experience the atmosphere of heaven in your home by praying together regularly as a family. Sacks helps you navigate the challenges--like getting everyone involved!--and experience the benefits of family prayer, such as unity, spiritual growth, and precious bonding time. Discover how a family that prays together becomes an unstoppable force for good, bringing God's answers to impossible situations.
And it can start with you! You have the power not only to change the atmosphere of your home but also to be part of changing the spiritual atmosphere wherever you go.
Beloved5 Stars Out Of 5Must Read - Makes a Great GiftApril 19, 2017BelovedQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I love the real-life stories that show the powerful results when families pray - they inspire hope and faith! The book contains simple suggestions that make it easy to get started praying together - no matter what season of life your family is in. The book is a "must read" for all families and I've made it part of my gift giving for bridal and baby showers. It has been received with eager anticipation and young, busy moms welcomed the book.
Deuce SkunksSpringfield, MOAge: 25-34Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Lots Of Good Ideas And Encouragement - If You Have The Right PerspectiveDecember 16, 2016Deuce SkunksSpringfield, MOAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4The Prayer Saturated Family: How to Change the Atmosphere in Your Home through Prayer by Cheryl Sacks is a practical tool to help you understand the need for family prayer time, with lots of stories of encouragement andhelpful suggestions on how to incorporate a family prayer time into your busy schedule.
Part One: What Happens When Families Pray explains the need for family prayer time. In this section, Cheryl explains the concept of a family altar, and offers lots of real-life examples of why praying as a family has such a big effect - both in communication with God and in teaching our children to follow suit. This section was kind of a hard read for me. Having grown up in a family which did not emphasize God, much less praying together as a family, I felt very discouraged by how much emphasis she put on the concept that adults who grew up in praying families are the ones to teach their children to be part of a praying family. My husband and I are both in our 30's witha total of four kids (9-12), and we've only been on the trek of seeking out Jesus for about a year and a half now. I got this book not because we grew up in praying families, but because we're both trying to learn how to become one. There was a huge road block between where we are and the families that Cheryl seemed to be addressing in this first section. Fortunately, I kept reading the book, albeit very slowly through this first section. Side effect of reading to post reviews is that I won't review a book I haven't finished reading.
Part Two: Time To Take Action is the foundational section that walks you through launching a family prayer time, even if you've never prayed together before. In this section, Cheryl also shows you ways to overcome most common obstacles to family prayer time, such as busy schedules, kids that won't participate (a problem area for us), negative outside influences, and the feeling of overwhelm at not knowing how to do it "properly" (our largest issue).
Part Three: Jump-Start A Lifetime Of Family Prayer is a 31-day family prayer guide, with a suggestion for each day in order to help your family get closer to God. I read this section, and we're planning on implementing it on January 1st, in light of Chapter 12: Dedicating Your Year To The Lord.
Overall, I'm giving this book 4/5 stars. For those readers who did not grow up in households tightly knit in the Lord's word and family prayer time, I would highly suggest readingPart Twoof this book first. Because you most likely already believe in the strength of family prayer, or you wouldn't have picked up the book. After you read Part Two, go back and read Part One for more insights and encouragement on ways that God will support your familywhen your family supports Him. Then, use Part Three as a plan of action to jumpstart your own family prayer time.
*Disclaimer: I received a free print edition of this book from the publisher in exchange for this honest review. All opinions are my own.*
Karen1356NYCAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great ResourceDecember 12, 2016Karen1356NYCAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Cheryl Sacks' The Prayer Saturated Family: How To Change the Atmosphere in Your Home Through Prayer, seeks to demonstrate that "through prayer, you have the power not only to change the atmosphere of your home but also to be part of changing the spiritual atmosphere wherever you go."
At first, following the premise of the book was difficult. During the first few chapters, I had to go back and reread the chapter titles to remind myself the central point of the chapter. This was due to in part because the author uses a lot of stories from various sources to make her point. Unfortunately, this method had the adverse effect. The main points were often lost in the examples.
However, the book did get better. The examples given for each chapter actually added to the content and did not leave the reader confused. Chapter 8 on Battling Dark Forces was especially insightful considering that it is a topic often overlooked. The second part of the book is filled with practical advice on how to get started and keep the prayer altar in the midst of challenges and life changes. The third part of the book offers a 31-day family prayer guide that is especially helpful to steer families in the right direction of jump starting their family prayer altar.
Although difficult to navigate at first, this book offers a wealth of information for families who want to build a prayer altar. This book gives a plethora of examples as to its importance, the results of having one, and the strategies to start and maintain a family prayer altar.
I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to create or strengthen their family prayer altar.
I received this book for free from Chosen Books for this review.
Jen PenMidwest4 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful resource!November 29, 2016Jen PenMidwestQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4SUMMARY:
Author Cheryl Sacks shares the importance and power of prayer in family life. In her newest book, The Prayer Saturated Family, she demonstrates what happens when families pray together, how to take the necessary steps to action, and provides a daily prayer guide, all through personal stories, Biblical scriptures and lots of encouragement and examples. Family friendly with successful results!
A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Written in a friendly manner with proof of prayer affecting family climate change, this book is easy to use and well written. As a national speaker and best selling author, Cheryl Sacks supplies the tools to starting a family on a path to a strong faith-filled life. Wonderful as a church resource, a Sunday school project, a family ministry or personal use, this book would also be a great gift for a young family or grandparents to share with their grandchildren. Organized and effective, the kick-start is so helpful!
4 (out of 5) pennies
*I received a complimentary copy of The Prayer Saturated Family from Chosen Publishing for my honest review*