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Discover how to entrust your children's past, present, and future to God, who loves them best! Wrestling with 31 issues that drive moms to their knees, a month's worth of meditations, Scripture verses, prayers, and discussion starters will help you equip your kids to live a deep, rich, and holy life.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: WaterBrook
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.19 (inches)
ISBN: 0307955834
ISBN-13: 9780307955838

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Publisher's Description

Because God Loves Them Even More Than You Do
It’s our instinct as parents to shield our children from harm. But our true responsibility is to raise children equipped to live well for God even in the midst of struggle. Upside-Down Prayers for Parents encourages us to pray for our children in ways we may never have before:
• I pray you’ll get caught doing things wrong—and experience the power of confession.
• I pray your prayers will go unanswered—and you’ll find a deeper trust in Him.
• I pray you’ll fail in things that don’t matter—and learn what matters to God.
• I pray you’ll encounter battles—and discover that God is your greatest ally.
By turning our prayers "upside down," we not only learn to release our children to the care of God alone, we also uncover how our own desires need to be submitted to God’s will.
Each entry in this thirty-one-day devotional includes a short reflection, a Scripture verse, and ideas to jump-start conversations between you and your child or teenager. Together you’ll discover a deeper trust in God that will help you make it through the upside-down times with a right-side-up perspective.

Author Bio

Lisa T. Bergren is the author of more than forty books, with nearly two million copies sold. Her work includes children’s books, historical and contemporary fiction, women’s nonfiction, and gift books. A freelance writer and editor, Lisa lives in Colorado. She and her husband, Tim, are the parents of three children.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Upside-Down Prayers for Parents

"Reading Lisa’s book was a flashback to my own mothering years because my husband and I often carried similar petitions to our Father in heaven. We prayed our children would get caught in every lie every time. We asked God to allow them small fender-bender accidents as teens to temper their indestructible, immortal view of their lives. And when they experienced inevitable rejection, loneliness, and discouragement, we attempted to teach them that God wanted to use those hard experiences for their good. And they heard us speak these prayers, so when the answers came they knew Who was in control. Upside-Down Prayers for Parents will dispel the happily-ever-after deception that pervades our culture and will replace it with a solid bedrock view of God whose goal is our holiness, not our happiness—a foundational truth for everyday parenting. I plan to give Lisa’s book to all my married children."
—Barbara Rainey, cofounder of FamilyLife Today and coauthor of Growing a Spiritually Strong Family

"Lisa Bergren offers wise counsel, clear direction, and brilliant insights into how to pray in a way that shapes your child’s character. Every mom needs this book! It will become a resource you will refer to often during your child’s formative years and beyond."
—Robin Jones Gunn, author of the Christy Miller series and Praying for Your Future Husband

"Lisa T. Bergren has crafted the perfect practical guide to enable parents to express the desires of their hearts, wrap them tightly in relevant Scripture, and send them soaring heavenward. The impact on their children—and quiet confidence they’ll experience themselves—will reap sweet spiritual rewards for generations to come. If you’ve ever longed to trust God and entrust your kids to Him, this book is for you!"
— Karen Ehman, Proverbs 31 Ministries director of speakers and author of six books, including LET. IT. GO.: How to Stop Running the Show and Start Walking in Faith

"Lisa’s upside-down prayers require a whole new level of faith and trust in Jesus. Reading this book and praying these prayers made me realize how tightly I was holding on to my children—and how much I needed to release them to God. These are exactly the prayers I’ve always wanted to pray for my children but could never find the words myself!"
—Erin Mohring, author of

"I love this book! These prayers confirm what I’ve learned in my twenty-three years as a mom: that sometimes it’s the hard moments that bring about the heart-transformation in our kids. These are prayers to wrestle through—and find God in the midst of them. Highly recommended!"
—Tricia Goyer, author of Blue Like Play Dough: The Shape of Motherhood in the Grip of God

"This is the perfect book for parents who want God’s best for their children even when it’s the difficult, more costly choice. Dive into this book and surrender your kids to Him. This book isn’t a must read; it’s a must do!"
—Nicole O’Dell, author of the Hot Buttons series for parents

"Lisa T. Bergren describes this book as ’not a sweet and gentle devotional.’ She’s right. The prayers she asks us to offer on behalf of our kids are scary, raw, and honest. They demand our bravery. That’s how I know they’re good. And that’s why I’ll be praying these prayers along with her."
—Micha Boyett, author of Mama:Monk blog

"After reading these words and praying these prayers for thirty-one days, your heart can’t help but be turned inside out. This book showed me the prayers I’ve always wanted to pray for my kids but just didn’t know it. Health and favor merely scratch the surface of what I want for my kids; reliance on God, warrior faith, and deep assurance of God’s love is what I really desire. Lisa T. Bergren leads us into examining our hearts so we can position our lives and prayers on the true blessing, redemption, power, and plans God has for our lives and the lives of our children."
—Amanda White, founder of and author of Truth in the Tinsel: An Advent Experience for Little Hands

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  1. 1kyteacher
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Consistent Features
    July 25, 2013
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Parents want their children to live godly lives. They want their children to be happy and to make a difference in the world. They can't do it alone. As parents, we need to pray for our children.

    In her book, Upside-Down Prayers for Parents, Lisa T. Bergren offers 31 devotions that parents can use to lift up their children to God.

    Each day is consistent in its format with the previous day. It begins with an "I pray...." statement and related scripture. The next part of each day is a short personal story that relates to the topic and then a specific prayer. The daily devotions end with a section called Making it Personal where parents can gain or reflect on their personal experience and then a Making it Relevant section which helps children relate to an experience as well. There are questions for both older children and younger children.

    I like the fact that the devotions are short and consistent. I also like that there is both a place where the parent and children can become active in the devotion and reflect. The blank writing space is also convenient. I think this would be an excellent devotion for parents who have a desire to pray for their children and help them to strengthen their children's relationship with God and to help the parent be more intentional on praying for their children.

    I received a free copy of this book from WaterBrook Press for the purpose of an honest review as part of their blogger book review program.
  2. malittl
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Challenging and Thought Provoking
    March 25, 2013
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Upside-Down Prayers for Parents by Lisa T. Bergren is a 31 day devotional about entrusting your children and yourself to God. Normally parents pray for protection, success, and an easy road for their kids, but this book challenges you to look deeper and pray for the things that matter most in this life. Here are a few of the chapter titles:

    I pray you'll get caught doing things wrong

    and find the good and true path.

    I pray you'll fail in things that don't matter

    and learn to seek what matters to God.

    I pray you'll have to forgive someone who doesn't deserve it

    and find the peace that forgiveness brings.

    I pray you'll have to wait

    and learn the value of patience.

    I pray your beliefs will be challenged

    and the roots of your faith will be strengthened.

    I pray you'll be confronted by your shortcomings

    and recognize you need a savior.

    None of these things are fun, but they all produce fruit in the Christian walk and help to make us more like our Savior. This devotional not only focuses on praying for your children, but also for yourself. It's a very challenging and thought provoking read and I would recommend it to all parents. Click here to read chapter one.

    I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
  3. Cheryl
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Get ready to challenge your prayer life!
    March 14, 2013
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    As a Christian parent, I pray for my children every day, many times several times through the day as I think about them. However, what I have prayed over my children for over twenty years may not be exactly what I should have been asking God for. I pray for their safety, to make wise choices, to be a light for Him....all good things. But Lisa Bergren in Upside-Down Prayers for Parents challenges me to pray in a way that may go against the norm. For example, day 1 challenges me to pray that my child will get caught doing wrong and that they will find the right path. How convicting! As a parent, I would typically pray that my child would make the wise and right choices but we're all sinners and make poor choices. How much more valuable it would be to my child if he/she were to get caught doing wrong, rather than thinking they got by with something, and then turn to God for direction on the path they should have taken. How about day 16: I pray you will lose a job and know that your Provider has not forgotten you. Seem a bit harsh? What comfort and security to know that all is in God's hands and that job you think is there forever is only for the moment. God, as Provider, is the only way we can feel secure in knowing all our needs will be met and that His ways of providing may differ from what we think we need. Or day 24: I pray your beliefs will be challenged and the roots of your faith will be strengthened. What growth is experienced when we must defend what we believe!

    Upside-Down Prayers for Parents was written as a 31 day devotional for parents. Each "chapter" begins with a short scripture followed by a few pages of text, to make the prayer Ms. Bergren is encouraging you to pray seem a bit more understandable as she conveys her thoughts and personal experiences and stories. Each day also leaves the reader to ponder a fairly thought provoking question and then suggests questions that promote discussion between you and your child whether young, teens, or young adults. Each entry is simple to read but it may just change the way you think about your prayer life for your child.

    Some of these things are just hard to pray for. I think, for me, rather than praying my child will lose a job, suffer loss, face financial hardships, and take crazy risks, I will focus more on praying for what could be gained from those circumstances and let God take care of how that happens. I have spent most of my adult life trying to protect my children from such things and perhaps that isn't what I should do but God is going to have to work on me a bit to pray hardships on my children.

    Good book and quite thought provoking but get ready for some reading that may challenge how you have prayed for your children!

    I did receive this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way obligated to leave a positive review.
  4. VickyLynn
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Thought-provoking, but worded wrong
    February 14, 2013
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 2
    Lisa T. Bergren is a well-known author of many books. I have enjoyed her children's books, so decided to choose this new one she wrote for parents.

    The book includes 31 devotions to help parents entrust their children to God's love and care, in way that you would not normally expect. Each devotion has a Scripture verse, thoughts from the author about a specific area parents need to pray about for their children, a suggested prayer, and an area to answer a question or reflect on what you have learned. It also includes a discussion starter to use with your children such as, in devotion #11 which speaks about loneliness and finding intimacy with the Lord, "Have you ever been lonely?" and "How do you see God around you?"

    The devotions are good and thought-provoking. They are not too long and give good insights to various ways we need to have a deeper trust in the Lord. However, on a scale of 1-5 (5 being excellent), I would only give this book a 3. The reason is because I don't care for the way the book words its introductory titles/prayers (at the beginning of each chapter). For example:

    I pray you'll get caught doing things wrong...

    I pray you'll fail in things that don't matter...

    I pray you'll get lost...

    I pray you'll experience unanswered prayers...

    I pray you'll know fear...

    While I understand where the author is coming from, I don't agree with praying for my children (or anyone) to have "bad" things happen to them. It is a fact that things WILL happen to them without our need to specifically pray for them that way. So, instead, I would say:

    WHEN you do things wrong, I pray you will get caught.

    WHEN you fail...

    WHEN you get lost...

    WHEN... etc....

    I would not say to forego this book all-together, as it does have a lot of good thoughts. But, just wanted to mention this one area I didn't agree with. If anything, it wouldn't hurt to pick it up just for the conversation starters to have with your children.

    NOTE: I received this book free of charge from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.
  5. Katie Luther
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    Reveals an Embarrassing Evangelical Blind Spot
    February 1, 2013
    Katie Luther
    Meets Expectations: 2
    Oof. This book made me really uncomfortable. I thought the idea sounded intriguing--I am a fan of raising kids to be good, strong, and brave rather than simply "I want them to be happy no matter what." I definitely am critical of the ways in which certain contemporary parenting cultures encourage narcissism and shielding of children from failure and disappointment. So a book about praying for life to not simply be smooth, but character-building for your kids...ok I could see that.

    However I just could not get comfortable with the reality of what this book suggests, and I was confused and dismayed by the difference between the world I live in and the world the author apparently lives in. In my world, for instance, I do not have to pray for my children to one day experience economic disadvantage, scarcity, and loss. I know that those things will occur for them--those things HAVE occurred in their lives, and they are all not even ten years old! Why on earth would I pray for more of the same--as character-building as it may be? My children have experienced health problems, hospital stays, the year dad lost his job, the time mom was so sick...and we are not alone. We are far from alone. There are many, many, MANY families like mine where this stuff is real. Not something you pray for and invite into your life. Something you already know happens and that you lean on God to get through it. Not something you ask for God to inflict upon you so you can prove what a great, self-sacrificing Christian you are.

    In fact the more I thought about it, the upper middle class, sheltered assumptions behind this book started to offend me more than any "helicopter mom" or any soccer tournament where everyone gets a trophy, or any anxious prayer that someone's child will get a top score on the SATs. Believe it or not, American Evangelicals, not all Christians, even in this nation, are well-cushioned, suburban, home-owning, hooked into a large close-knit family and church community, saving for college, working hard but comfortable. Most of us, in fact, are barely getting by week to week, month to month, putting our widow's mites in the collection plate and praying that we may remain standing so that we may not become a burden for our already laden-down communities.

    The presumption that the best way to build character is to pray for misfortune is extremely misguided. Instead, the prayer should be, God, show me how I can be of use to those in need, in pain, alone. Show me how I can can be used, God, and send me.

    I received this book free from in exchange for an honest review.
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