Book Review: The Power of a Praying Parent

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This post was written by Sandy Farmer.

By: Stormie Omartian

Published: April 1st 2014 by Harvest House Publishers (first published July 1st 1995)

224 pages

Genre: Religious, Christian, Spirituality, Self-Help

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!!!)

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Goodreads description—Stormie Omartian’s bestselling The Power of a Praying series (more than 23 million copies sold) is rereleased with fresh new covers and new material to reach a still-growing market of readers eager to discover the power of prayer for their lives.

This beautiful padded hardcover edition of The Power of a Praying Parent (2 million copies sold) will surely find a new home in the lives of Stormie Omartian’s worldwide audience.

After decades of raising her son and daughter alongside her husband, Michael, Stormie looks back at the trials and joys of parenting and the power found in praying for her children. In these easy-to-read chapters, she shares from personal experience how you can pray for your kids’ safety character development school experiences marriage and so much more.

Stormie’s now grown-up children, Christopher and Amanda, reflect on the way their praying parents raised them—and what a difference it made.

Perfect for new moms and dads as well as those a little further along in the journey, The Power of a Praying Parent is a must-have for anyone caring for a child.

I’m not a parent yet, but Husband and I are getting close to expanding our family. So when the opportunity came up to read and review The Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie Omartian, I jumped on it without thinking twice. I can’t give you testimony of how these prayers have worked to change my children’s lives because I just don’t have children yet, but throughout her other books, Stormie Omartian has taught me that I don’t have to wait until prayers are needed over a specific topic in order to begin lifting that subject up in prayer. I can begin by praying preventative prayers. And that’s what I did while reading through The Power of a Praying Parent.

And yet, while I might not have children of my own to pray for them to attract and maintain godly friends and role models or to live free of unforgiveness, I do know several young children that these prayers are needed in their lives. While I was reading The Power of a Praying Parent and praying preventative prayers for my future children, I was also praying over these subjects for the children that are already in my life, specifically my nieces and nephews.

I’ve discussed many times how much Stormie Omartian has taught me about prayer, and I’ve asked myself if it’s truly necessary to read each of her books. I’m not sure it’s necessary per se. Stormie Omartian does cover some of the same topics, stories, and messages in each of these books, but I’ve realized that repetition is good for me. It’s necessary for my growth, because I forget so frequently the truths about prayer that she covers. I have also found that while she has taught me with each book how to pray specific, focused prayers, Stormie Omartian also presents a new way of looking at things for me, and she spells things out for me in a way that makes me think and challenge myself.

As per always, The Power of a Praying Parent is a guide with great principles that will point you back to Source. God’s Word is the ultimate pattern and truth. Everything that Stormie Omartian discusses must be compared against God’s Word. But ultimately, I think The Power of a Praying Parent is a must read for all parents and potential parents. Starting your child’s life off with focused prayer is the best way to ensure they grow into all that God has for them throughout their lives.

The Power of a Praying Parent gets 4.5 Stars from me. Have you read The Power of a Praying Parent? What did you think? Let me know!

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