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Recently I was asked to review a book by Brooke McGlothlin called Praying For Boys: Asking God For The Things They Need Most! I jumped at the chance. Any insight on how to pray for my son (or daughter) is greatly appreciated and needed.
I love all the chapters in this book. Brooke brings humor and real life into her book making it relatable and easy to read. If you have a boy in your life, whether it be son, grandson, nephew, etc. this is a book you need in your life.
Brooke McGlothlin is Co-founder of Raising Boys Media, where moms and dads come to discover delight in the chaos of raising boys. You can find her writing about fighting for the hearts of her sons at the MOB Society blog, or living a life in pursuit of Jesus at her personal blog www.brookemcglothlin.com. A normal day finds Brooke homeschooling her two boys, wrangling two large Labs, Toby and Siri, writing to bring hope to the messes of life (in the midst of her own messy life), and falling more and more in love with the man she’s had a crush on since the third grade (who just happens to be her husband).
Q&A With Brooke
What do you most hope the readers of Praying For Boys gain from experiencing the book?
I wrote Praying for Boys because I truly believe we can change the world if we pray for our sons. My greatest hope for moms who read it is to inspire them to trust God with their boys, get into His Word and find out what it has to say about raising boys, and inspire a generation of moms to get on their knees, partnering with God for the hearts of their sons.
How can moms join together to help each other pray for their sons?
That’s one of my favorite parts of being a boy mom! God has knit my heart together with a local group of boy moms. We pray for each other, serve each other, and encourage one another almost daily. But those ind of relationships don’t happen by accident. Joining together requires us to take a step of faith, and as my friend Stacey Thacker likes to say, “pull back the veil of fine.” When I finally admitted to myself that raising boys was much harder than I thought it would be, and shared that sometimes, I wasn’t fine, I found a whole army of mothers of boys who felt the same way. So the first thing we have to do is pull back the veil and admit we need help. If there’s no group of women in your community meeting together to encourage one another and pray for each other, start your own. Go to your pastor and ask for permission to start a 21 Days of Prayer for Sons challenge that meets in your church, or have a group of moms hire a babysitter for all of the kids, everyone chipping in, and hold a 21 Days of Prayer for Sons in your home. I’ve tried to make this as easy as possible for you by devoting an entire section at the end of Praying for Boys to helping boy moms lead their own prayer challenge. Who knows but that you might meet the women God wants you to live out life with for this season, just by taking a leap of faith!
Brooke, your book is a prayer guide with over 200 scriptural prayers. Can you share a sample or two of these?
One of my favorite verses to pray for my own boys, that shows up in the chapter on kindness, is Numbers 6:23-26. They call it my “special prayer” and I pray it over both of them every single night. If I forget, they remind me, and I love that it’s become such an important part of the way we end our days. I just pull my boys close to me and pray, “May the Lord bless you, and keep you, and make His face to shine upon you, and give you peace.” We’ve been doing it so long now that they actually pray it with me. My other favorite verse to pray for my boys, because they’re young and still learning appropriate behaviors, is Galatians 5:22. I put my own twist on the end that they just think is hilarious. “Lord, fill up my sweet boys with love, joy, peace, and patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control…lots and lots of self-control.”
What led you to write your book Praying For Boys?
My husband and I have two boys who were born just 23 months apart. I probably don’t need to say much more than that, do I?? That’s enough to keep any mama on her knees! Actually, I’ve done a lot of hard things that I’m very proud of in my life, but raising my boys ranks up there as THE hardest thing I’ve ever done. In the book, I talk about how I asked God to give me boys, and that’s true, but the reality of the day to day mothering of what I like to refer to as “those boys,” (you know, the ones who are 250% boy?) often leaves me completely worn out. I realized early on in our parenting journey that I had no power to change their hearts. And while everything in me wanted to be able to snap my fingers and produce good, godly men, the Bible just doesn’t give us that parenting formula. So in an effort to just do something, I started praying verses from the Bible for my sons…verses based on things I wanted to see the Lord develop in their hearts. It was my way of crying out to God to change them, but it ended up changing me, too. After a year or so of doing that, and of constantly hearing from moms on the MOB Society, my blog for mothers of boys, who wanted to raise godly men, but felt like they were losing the battle, I decided to create a resource that helped them learn how to pray for their sons. It seemed a simple answer to me at the time, but the longer I encourage moms to pray the more convinced I become that prayer is the most overlooked part of raising godly men.
Brooke has given me the opportunity to give you all a chance to win a copy of Praying For Boys. Just enter below! Good luck. Open to USA residents only. If you don’t want to wait you can purchase your own copy HERE available in Kindle or Paperback versions. There is also a WONDERFUL Companion Guide you can purchase HERE (Companion Guide is not in the giveaway)