Monday, February 11, 2019

The 5 Minute Prayer Plan for Women by Vickie Phelps

Prayer is hard for many Christians. It is for me. I have a list and I go through it but after few days it seems like I am just repeating myself. Phelps has written this book to help people like me to think about my faith life and have a few topics to pray about. Her idea is to spend a minute on a Scripture she gives, two to three minutes thinking about the prayer prompts and then a couple of minutes prayerfully reading through a written prayer she has provided.

I like the thought provoking questions Phelps gives after the Scripture. Those questions are not prayer prompts but good questions. For example, on the day, Love Not The World, Phelps asks us how we keep from loving the world and the things of the world and where we draw the line. She then asks how we keep God first in our lives. After a few more questions, she gets to the prayer prompt, to ask God to direct us in making decisions about life. Then another thought provoking question about how we abide in Christ and then the written prayer. (Loc 324/1372)

I like the format. I think it would be best for Christians who journal as most of the questions are great prompts for journaling. I think the title may be a misnomer. I expected more specific prayer prompts rather than so many open ended kinds of questions. I also think one should spend more than five minutes on each topic. Some of the Scriptures given are in the KJV which may be a hindrance to younger readers.

I recommend this book to Christians who are looking for thought provoking questions through which to journal. There are some to pray about but it seems the emphasis of the questions in the book are more reflective, perfect for journaling.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

Barbour Books, 192 pages.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

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