Several months ago I got an email from Lisa Tawn Bergren. She is an author. Like an author who I think is famous. I’ve read several of her historical fiction novels (Glamorous Illusions is my fave) and am madly in love with her Young Adult series, River of Time.
Anywhoo, back to the email. She asked me if I’d review her new book coming out about praying for your kids. Well, hello! Yes! That’s totally up my alley! And at this time, I was in the middle of writing Praying God’s Word for Your Kids so I just knew we were going to be BFFs.
Then, after another email or two, I realized she didn’t want me to write a blog review. She actually wanted a little blurb, a quote, an ENDORSEMENT for her book. She wanted MY WORDS INSIDE HER BOOK.
Are you kidding me?!
I got the rough draft thingie of the book, which honestly, was exciting enough. And read it with tears in my eyes.
This book is gorgeous. It’s called, Upside-Down Prayers for Parents: 31 Daring Devotions for Entrusting Your Child and Yourself To God. And really, as you read it, your heart will be flipped upside down and inside out. It’s the kind of prayers you’ve always wanted to pray. It’s the kind of heart you’ve always wanted to have and pass along to your kids. It’s a perfect, loving, empowering book that will take you to a great new place in praying for your children.
And if my endorsement isn’t enough (*ahem*) and to whet your appetite for the book, I asked Lisa a few questions this week. Ready?
I saw these 31 Prayers as a list on your blog several years ago. What finally pushed you to write this book?
It was really the response to that blog post–and from bloggers like you–that made me think, “Hmmm…maybe there’s more here to delve into. Could it be a whole book?” As I started fiddling with it, and pressing into the content in more than a cursory, surface-y sort of way, that I realized there was a great deal there for me to process and pray through. I figured other parents might have the same reaction.
Honestly, some of these are so tough I only “prayed” them through the writing process. It takes complete submission and bravery to pray that if your child is shattered–when he is shattered–that your Savior will put him back together, back on his feet. But I want to be THAT kind of brave mama. That I trust my kids so thoroughly to the Father’s care, that no matter what they face, they can do so, hand in hand with Jesus. I want to be THAT kind of mom…discipling her children to be amazingly deep, steady, strong warriors for Christ, even in the heat of the worst battles. So in that sense–we can’t honestly want some of these prayers to come to pass. But we can honestly want God to do his good work in our children, regardless of what comes.The biggest thing that happened for me, is what I hope happens to readers. That they face their own privately held fears, so they can prepare their children to walk through future fires, trusting in God with everything in them.
I know it can be overwhelming! Start small. Even if you can just read through this book, it might shoot out some seeds in your soul that can start germinating. And all prayers count! The Holy Spirit intercedes. So don’t think any prayer goes unnoticed, or doesn’t count. They all do!We might not see the answers to our prayers for days, weeks, years, or even a generation. But God is after our hearts, a living, breathing relationship with him, and prayer is our key connection. Talk to him. Read a devotional or Scripture and imagine it all, written just for you. What is he saying to you in it? What does he want you to face, learn, trust? He’s speaking, all the time. We’re just too busy–or buried beneath the noise of children–that we don’t stop to listen. And the beautiful part of kids? They bring us face to face with our God–or to our knees in intercession–our whole life through. They’re a gift that brings us to God in a whole other way!
Holy smokes. Do you love her or what?! Ready to read the book? To pray it?
(And did I mention my name is on the inside cover? Next to Robin Jones Gunn’s? And Tricia Goyer’s? I’m still having heart palpitations just thinking about it.)
I am not the only one was doing a little hyperventilating about the inside cover of the book either. My friend Erin from Home With the Boys also adds her sweet heart to the endorsements. After we sent a few squeeing emails and texts about the book, we decided we wanted to do something with this book and these devotions.
We decided to start a book club.
The 31 Upside-Down Prayers Book Club begins March 1st. We’ll be reading the book together, praying each chapter for our kids. Every day we’ll check in on Facebook and encourage one another. And Lisa has even promised to drop by on her blog and on Facebook to say hello!
So, here’s what I want you to do:
1. Join the book club. It’s easy. All you have to do is…uhm, say, “I want to join the book club!”
2. Buy the book. Waterbrook is offering 30% off and free shipping for our book club friends (that’s you!). That’s cheaper than Amazon, friends! Grab it now so you can have it by March 1st! (Use code LEADER30 when you check out.)
Read the endorsements. Read the intro by Lisa.
5. Continue step 4 for the entire month of March.
6. Stay tuned for videos and other fun stuff from Lisa.
Woot! Are you so excited about this? Oh, and I forgot about the super fun part—this Thursday, February 21st Erin and I are hosting a Twitter Party for the book with Lisa Tawn Bergren as our special guest! Just click over to twitter at 9pm EST and follow the #UDPrayers hashtag for fun conversation and a few fabu prizes!