Warfare Prayers For Women: Securing God’s Victory In Your Life, by Quin Sherrer & Ruthanne Garlock
[Note: This book was provided free of charge by Chosen Books in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.]
I found this book to be a fascinating one. Whether or not one would actually make prayers the way that the authors do (and almost certainly some people would), this book really checks a lot of boxes as to prayers that a charismatic woman could conceivably pray over the course of her life. These prayers sound like someone could say them, and for that reason alone this devotional is a treasure. Admittedly, this book is not aimed at men at all, but it can be useful for men to know how it is that women actually think and what they actually pray, and this book provides an example of the sorts of things that people would actually say. I am not sure how I feel reading this with regards to what it would say about me, but all the same this is a book I feel it is necessary to respect and it brought me a lot of joy to read this book as I imagined its prayers being said in different circumstances.
This book is about 250 pages long and it is divided into eleven parts. After an introduction the book begins with praying for power (I), including a recognition of being God’s daughter, praying for the Holy Spirit, fasting with prayer, and using praise as a weapon. After that the authors urge praying against hindrances (II), including unforgiveness, anger, fear, worry, worry, complaining, and shame. The authors discuss prayer relating to certain milestones (III) like graduation, weddings, moving, empty-nesting, becoming a mother-in-law, as well as Christmas and Easter. There are prayers for children and grandchildren (IV), including prayers about barrenness, unborn children, special-needs or adopted children, stepchildren, wayward children, as well as increase and favor and praying for one’s children’s future mates (a prayer my mom might could use). There are prayers for family and friends (V), including unsaved loved ones, husbands and their careers and challenging jobs as well as prayers for estranged family members and friends and a prayer to forgive one’s parents. An entire section contains prayers for being single, whether never married, dealing with broken relationships, appreciating friends, or being single again after a divorce or the death of a husband (VI). There are prayers about tough times (VII) including traumas, false accusations, finances, jobs, healing, avoiding self-pity, and dealing with the deaths of loved ones. Prayers for the senior years (VIII) include prayers about loneliness, the need for legal help, the desire to be helpful and useful, leaving a legacy of prayer, and praying while being a shut-in. Praying for one’s community and nation (IX) include prayers for one’s churches, neighborhoods, and schools, prayers for the unborn as well as about regional disasters, prayers about the nation’s protection, the well-being of the president, prayers for elections as well as the judicial system, media, and entertainment industry. After that there are some prayer helps including the sinner’s prayer, Lord’s prayer, and worship starters (X), and some scriptures for intercession and spiritual warfare (XI).
Beyond the enjoyment of reading this book and seeing the prayers, there was a lot about this book that was poignant as well. Quite a few of the prayers reflect the opposition of the authors to certain societal trends like attacks on our current president or the biases of the media. It is also particularly poignant that there are prayers about being a divorcee or being a widow or being a stepmother in a blended family. We might wish that these aspects of life were not present, but they often are, and the authors even think of the prayers that a wife of an unbelieving husband would need to make, something that many devotional books do not focus a great deal of attention on. In reading this book, one gets a sense of the life cycle as well as the feelings that a conservative and charismatic believer would have regarding the state of the world. And whether that is a good thing or a bad thing is not always easy to decide. Still, it is certainly something that I can understand, and the authors have a clear understanding of what it means to be lonely and to prayer about it, whether from personal experience or the observation of their friends.