So without further ado, here's what I thought of Tracy's book...
The premise of the book is how to pray for and instill Biblical virtue in our daughters. Although this book is specifically written as prayers for daughters, it was not a hard leap toward praying for the character of my son as well. In fact, it's the type of book that causes you to really stop and think about your spiritual goals for your children. So, if any of you are thinking this book wouldn't apply because your children are grown or you have no children or you only have boys, you couldn't be more wrong. It's a great read for anyone who cares about the spiritual purity of another.
The introduction features a quick look into what exactly Biblical purity is and why we as Christians should desire it for our daughters. I love that Tracy focused more on the heart attitude than the outward conformity. Who doesn't know someone who did everything right and seemed like a perfect little Christian through the teen years, then promptly dropped all hint of faith once they left home? I do, and I have to say that my children having an actions-only type of faith is one of my biggest fears. The real reason for all the study and praying is to ask God's help in instilling a real love of the Lord in our children...teaching them to fear God rather than man. I have to say the content of the book has been absolutely spot on for me as I think through what my children need to stay close to God. It's been very timely for me especially as my children are all young right now. It made me analyze my own motives and attitudes for what I do every day, and caused me to begin praying not only for my daughters, but for my own purity.
One of the things that surprised me about this book was the format. I'm not sure why I didn't expect it to be in more of a devotional format, but for some reason I didn't. For those of us who have small children everywhere especially, it was so helpful that Tracy divided the prayers and verses up into a month's worth of study. Every week she highlights portion of Proverbs 31. On a daily basis, she wrote a thoughtful prayer that relates to the weekly passage/concept, along with some prompts to get you thinking. The questions were ultra-helpful in making the prayer seem relevant to my daughters, rather than just reading the thoughts of someone else. It has been a built-in devotional for my month of reading...and it's not so much reading that you feel like you can't get it done in a day. It's a brief, daily point with which I could relate. It's just the type of devotional that is really practical and sustainable for a busy Mom.
It's a great book and you should try it. You can order a Kindle edition for less than $5 off Amazon via the link in my side bar...this edition is also readable on your computer.
And now, the moment you've all been waiting for...the giveaway. I will randomly select (or have one of my kids randomly select) a winner out of a hat, box, or other name-concealing receptacle to be announced one week from today. What are your spiritual goals for your son or daughter? Leave a comment on this post to enter to win your free copy of Praying Proverbs 31: Prayers for a Daughter's Virtue!
PS--no matter how many times you comment, I'll only put your name in once (that means you, Christine!). That'll make it fair for all you who won't be back to my blog every day this week...not that I'm discouraging that!