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Friday, December 16, 2011

Book Review: Praying for Your Future Husband by Gunn and Goyer

Praying for Your Future Husband by Robin Gunn and Tricia Goyer has a pretty self explanatory title. However one of the interesting and enjoyable features is that the book is propelled by stories.  Both authors tell their unique stories of past relationships and meeting their husbands. They also share many diverse stories from women of various ages and backgrounds who have written them about how they prayed for their husbands, and how God answered those prayers in different but wonderful ways.

Each chapter takes us through a different important aspect to pray about not only for our husbands, but so that the prayer can transform the waiting woman into the woman she was made to be by transforming contact with our God.

Gunn and Goyer both are novelists whose normal audience is teen girls.  While I do believe they tried to make the book more accessible for older women as well as the young, their tone seems very much for the young. The book doesn't exclude the older, and this is a very minor criticism.
I did think they overlooked the call to never marry. They did acknowledge that some women will never marry, but they excluded the concept that God might reveal this as His plan to some if they pray for clarity in this area. Paul and other Biblical figures knew and proclaimed their call to singlehood as something wonderful from God, for the benefit of the whole church. I think if you look at the Bible they should have included at least a brief section for those who, if they felt allowed to pray about the possibility of never marrying as a vocation accepted by the Church, might find God answers them with a "yes, singlehood is My plan for you." While I'd recommend it to the authors if they ever release a revised edition, I don't hold it against them that this didn't occur them, as it is an attitude and ministry that is lacking in the vast majority of the Protestant church.

As someone who has already met her future husband, I found most of the advice not applicable, but many of it is and it also made me reflect on the few prayers I said for Ryan before I met him, and the prayers he told me that he'd pray. We've already discussed this as a couple and were amazed by how God answered these prayers. I don't know about him, but I wish I'd prayed for him more. I would definitely recommend this book highly, and I actually plan on going through it again later with Ryan in mind, because the praying doesn't end when you meet him!

I received this book from the publishers in exchange for my unbiased review.

I also want to add that having read this directly after Why Men Hate Church was interesting, because this book starts out with the attitude that the answer for Christian women to the inequality of the genders in the church is that women need to become prayer warriors to save their men from the enemy's attacks.  I love that!

1 comment:

  1. Now I really want to read that book. And the one about men hating church.
    The Lord has been poking me about praying more for people in general, and my future husband in particular. I do think that concept that women need to wage the warfare in prayer is very important, especially since so many women seem to always be looking for areas in which they can be leaders. Seriously, lead the way in prayer, sisters!

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