Wednesday, December 4, 2013

[Review] Whispers of Hope by Beth Moore

Title: Whispers of Hope: 10 Weeks of Devotional Prayer
Author: Beth Moore
Publisher: B and H Books October 1, 2013
Genre: Non-fiction
Theme: Prayer and praise devotional book.
Format: Paperback
Age: Adult
Pages: 232
Rating: 5 Stars
Source: Free copy from Icon Media Group and B and H Books for the purpose of review.

Link for book at publisher:
http://www.bhpublishinggroup.com/books/products.asp?p=9781433681097

Summary:
In Whispers of Hope, Beth Moore encourages and teaches us to develop the "habit of prayer."  
Often, prayer is only used in an emergency, SOS God...need help...now preferably!
Why do we think to pray when only in an emergency? Is it because we're busy? Praying feels awkward? We feel more like we're talking to ourselves? We don't now how to begin?
In short chapters with one page to read, then six questions to prompt our brain and heart to respond on a deeper level, Beth Moore teaches us to have a daily intimate prayer life with God.
A total of ten weeks or seventy days of devotional reading, prayer and praise, is covered.
Beth reminds us: "Remember, 'Amen' doesn't mean 'the end'; it means 'So be it!'"
Most Scripture references are from the New International Version, a few from King James Version. 

Thoughts:
Beth Moore is one of the most dynamic, enthusiastic, Bible teachers I've read and heard. Her energetic personality is evident in her writing. I'm thankful her mission and direction in life is God-led, driven and focused.
Development in prayer can be difficult, but our goal is that it become apart of the inner network of our life.
I remember a time when as a young woman the only time I prayed was in an emergency. Next came the years when I prayed before I fell asleep at night (often falling asleep while praying). Then a painful event happened about the time I turned thirty, it was during this bleak period that praying became a modem for survival. Looking back I see God was working in this painful event to bring about growth in my relationship with Him. Through prayer and Bible reading and Bible study, spiritual fruit developed in my life. No longer was I a "babe in Christ."
"Like newborn babies, crave spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good." 1 Peter 2:2-3 NIV.
My prayer for you dear reader is that you will develop an intimate, abiding, joyful, prayer life with the Lord.

Whispers of Hope is an easy and approachable devotional. A Bible verse to look up and read, and a devotional reading that includes an application for daily life.
The journal part of each days devotion is the acrostic letters P-R-A-I-S-E, and is defined as Praise, Repentance, Acknowledgment, Intercession, Supplication for Self, Equipping.

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By Beth Moore / B & H Publishing Group


In Whispers of Hope, author Beth Moore addresses how to pray without ceasing and pray effectively by walking readers through an easy to remember and apply method of prayer, coupled with seventy daily devotionals, and followed by prompts to put this prayer method into practice. In turn, readers will better understand how devotional reading and prayer are central to a stronger relationship with God.

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