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May It Be So

May It Be So by Justin McRoberts & Scott Erickson

May It Be So. This little book is a forty-day journey in praying the pattern of the Lord’s Prayer. It is divided into week-long sections that focus on praying in the pattern/theme of each phrase of the Lord’s Prayer. It contains Guided Prayers, Contemplative Imagery, Meditations (short stories that reflect something the authors gleaned from this particular section of the Lord’s Prayer), and Suggested Practices (ways to apply the insights that the week’s images and prayers have brought to you).

Maybe I’m just too left-brained, but I struggled with some of the imagery. Some were really profound. Some just left me going, “huh?” I love the simplicity of one or two-line prayers. I’d love to have a 365-day calendar that has these sorts of prayers on it. Some examples:

  • May even my grief and brokenness become, in some way, a gift to the world around me. May my whole life be an offering.
  • May I have vision in and through my trials rather than search for ways to escape them.
  • May I learn to take joy in what it costs me to share my life with those I love. (wow!)
  • May my initial posture toward strangers be kindness and grace rather than suspicion and fear.

I really enjoyed the meditations at the beginning of each week. They really bring the week’s ‘theme’ from the Lord’s Prayer in to focus and set the tone for the week.

The one thing I don’t like about this book is the price! On Amazon.com it is $9.99 for the Kindle edition and $12.15 for the hardcover. That’s a lot of money for the content. Maybe I’ve just been trying to balance my tight budget for too long, but that’s a hefty chunk of change for me. Maybe the library will have a copy to check out?

I’m blessed to have received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. I’ll definitely be using it from time to time as a way to streamline and intensify my prayer life.

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Ask God:My 30-Day Experiment With Prayer and Its Potential to Answer Yours

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Kyle Morey takes a 30-day journey with God and brings us along! In his first book, Ask God: My 30-day Experiment with Prayer and Its Potential to Answer Yours, Kyle takes real-life stories and applies scriptural truth to weave a transparent, humble and honest story. He takes personal experiences and shares his own vulnerability all while being a diligent steward of the doctrinal truths he shares.

Every day, after doing his “spiritual warmups (music, prayer and scripture study)”, Kyle asked God what message He had for the readers. He then faithfully wrote what he felt the Lord had for him to share each day.

The stories Morey shares are drawn from his own life experiences as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, CEO, husband, and father of five. His insights resonated with me on many levels. We all face many challenges, and Kyle offers much life-changing insight into overcoming obstacles by turning to the Ultimate Source of Wisdom for guidance—always pointing us, the “dear readers”, to that Source.

Morey uses many rhetorical styles, but one of the most effective is his use of questions. He writes:

Why immersion in water? Can anyone baptize? What is the symbolism behind this ancient practice? Is your baptism legitimate? Is mine? What about my friends, ancestors and others who didn’t know about baptism—or Christ, for that matter? Are they doomed to know a lesser fate? These are all great questions, perhaps the most important questions you will ever ask—if you truly believe that baptism is vital to yours and the world’s redemption.

Kyle Morey does an excellent job of giving us a glimpse into his life of devoted service to his fellow beings, and he doesn’t hide the fact that he isn’t perfect. I love the courage it took to write this book! Thank you, Kyle!

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Gratitude: A Prayer and Praise Coloring Journal

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This is just a delightful little book! Gratitude is (or should be) such an important part of our walk with Christ. I love that it focuses on the positive and doesn’t wander off into any heavy theology. This book would be a nice gift for any Christian woman who likes to be contemplative while coloring! I like to color in it while I pray or listen to a devotional talk. This book is sprinkled with encouraging thoughts and scriptures and has space for writing down your thoughts as you focus on the many things you can be grateful for in your life. I highly recommend it!

The publisher provided me with a complementary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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