Friday, July 18, 2014

The Power of a Praying Husband - Review

The Power of a Praying Husband

By: Stormie Omartian

Published: April 1st 2014 by Harvest House Publishers (first published July 28th 2001)

272 pages

Genre: Religious, Christian, Spirituality, Self-Help

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!!!), Husband owns an earlier version

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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.

In this deluxe edition of The Power of a Praying Husband, beautifully bound with a padded cover, Stormie helps you pray even more effectively for your wife. By sharing stories and examples from her own marriage, she shares how you can intercede for your wife in areas where she longs for your prayers, especially in her priorities emotions motherhood fears sexuality.

With comments from well-known Christian men and a foreword by Stormie's husband, multi-Grammy winning music producer Michael Omartian, this is the perfect gift for any man wanting to develop the discipline of prayer.

I think just about any woman who makes it through The Power of a Praying Wife will find herself curious about The Power of a Praying Husband. Just what does Stormie Omartian tell my husband to pray for me about? At least that’s how it was for me. I read and loved The Power of a Praying Wife and many of Stormie Omartian’s other books. I love the topic-focused prayer approached that Mrs. Omartian takes in her books. Each one has brought some new “treasure” or “gold nugget” (as my dad would say) for me and my prayer life.

That being said, I do have to admit that The Power of a Praying Husband has been the book I’ve connected with the least out of all the others I’ve read—minus The Power of a Praying Church. I feel like this is because this book isn’t directed towards me as I’m not a husband. I can definitely see that if my husband were praying the prayers for me that Mrs. Omartian outlines and if he were covering all of the aspects of my life that she focuses on I would feel the deep impacts of those prayers as would he. I tried to approach the book as another stepping stone towards growing myself individually and I did to an extent, but I kept getting pulled out of this book because of the book being address to husbands. I almost feel like it’s unfair for me to even rate the book given this, but I still know that The Power of a Praying Husband could be an extremely effective teaching tool and useful for husbands everywhere to dive deeper in their prayer lives, specifically in relation to covering their wives and marriages in prayer.

I don’t have much else to say about The Power of a Praying Husband. There were parts I was “amening” in regards to the picture of a typical woman that Mrs. Omartian paints. I did notice the increased sports metaphors in this book geared at helping men think and understand in their own terms. Yet my husband isn’t a sports fan—like at all—so I don’t think he’d relate much to those metaphors. However, so many other men out there probably will.

Some of my favorite quotes:

-Without prayer, the success of our marriages depend on our own wisdom and effort.

-“It’s not a matter of who needs to change; it’s a matter of who is willing to change.”

-Whatever you don’t pray about in your life you leave up to chance.

-Our flesh takes over when we decide to be self-centered instead of self-sacrificing.

-If God has asked you to pray for your enemies, how much more does He want you to pray for the person you are supposed to love and with whom you have become one?

I didn’t spend much focused time on the study guide portion of the book because this was again not focused toward me as a woman, but based on a skim it looks like a good tool to utilize. As always, there are some differences in my beliefs and Mrs. Omartian’s. I say this every single time, but search the Scripture for all the answers. Anything you need to know can be found there.

All in all, The Power of a Praying Husband was a good read from the perspective of a wife. I’d give this one 3.5 Stars. Have you read The Power of a Praying Husband? What did you think? Let me know!

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