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Book Review: Prayer Coach

The Good:  I’ll get straight to the point, the two things l liked best about this book:  practicality & the golden nuggets.  I’ll start with the golden nuggets, because you are probably wondering if that is a new type of cereal or candy bar that comes with the book.  What I mean is some of the phrases and thoughts in this book are simply pure gold.  Can I share a few?  “If something is big enough to worry about, it’s big enough to pray about”.  “Prayer is helplessness plus faith”.  “Sin is like earwax that must be removed in order for God’s voice to come through loud and clear.”prayer coach

On the practicality meter, it would be a 5.0 for sure (that is high for a practicality meter reading, if you didn’t know and if there was such a thing in real life).  Written by a pastor, you can tell he has spent a great deal of time applying his principles to his church and family life, because there are examples of how to implement more prayer everywhere you turn in this book.  It is fantastic.  Let me give you a personal example.  He suggested offering to pray for the teacher in parent/teacher conferences.  May seem simple to you, but I tried that (my daughter is in Kindergarten, so we had our FIRST conference this past month).  And man, the teacher’s face just lit up and she almost screamed yes!  She was thrilled with our offer, and we were able to share God’s love in a special way.  That’s just one example!

The Bad:  Very rarely, but the author takes things a little too far, whether in sarcasm or in practice.  On page 218, I didn’t appreciate his permissiveness in allowing foul language while using accountability (although it was “bleeped” out).  In my mind, you can still be stern and serious with someone in your accountability without using coarse language.  Frankly, I felt like that part of the chapter was not needed, and the liberty given was not warranted.

The Grade:  B+.  You know, maybe you have a prayer life like Bubba Watson’s golf swing,  self-taught, never needing a coach,  But I sure could use a prayer coach.  This book provides the coaching, training, and ideas to improve a prayer life that can always use some improvement.  So, if your prayer life needs no motivation, never needs a halftime speech, and rarely needs any fine-tuning, than this book isn’t for you.  But, if your prayer life is not perfect, gets stuck in ruts, and could use some energy, give this book a try.

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Book Review: Disciplines of a Godly Young Man

Disciplines of a Godly Young Man – By Hughes & Hughes

The Good

If the purpose of the book is to lead a young person through the disciplines of the Christian life, and use this book for the purpose of discipleship…then this book hit the ball out of the park.  There is another version for adult discipleship (found heredailydisciplines), but for mentoring or discipleship of young men, this ranks at the top of my list.

Not only does it provide a great tool in discipleship, it also is challenging for the reader as well.  It provided Biblical and practical methods for achieving the disciplines of the Christian life.  It leaves very few stones unturned and is not afraid to challenge the reader to reach for greater heights in their spiritual walk.

If you are a teacher, preacher, parent, or mentor…this book is loaded with illustrations that drive the importance of daily disciplines.  I was constantly underlining the stories and illustrations.  If anything, that is worth the price of admission.

The Bad

There were some demonstrative and wide-sweeping statements that were made a few times.  Although, for the most part I agreed, it was a little dangerous.  For example, words like “never” and “no way” come often and with great weight.  I would take note of this in discipleship, and talk over these absolute statements together.  You may find they need to be stated this strongly to drive home the importance.

The Grade:  A.

You heard me.  I give it the highest grade besides perfection.  For discipleship, there are few better.  If you are a youth worker, parent, mentor, teacher, aunt, uncle, grandparent (do I need to keep going) of a young person, buy it and use it to disciple.  Many chapters can be used for young women as well.

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