The Prayer Saturated Family – Cheryl Sacks
I am always searching for excellent and practical books to recommend to the families I serve in Ministry. This book was a pleasant addition to that list of resources.
Cheryl Sacks presents a wonderful, clear approach to encouraging families to become a household that prays powerfully together. By walking through the Biblical reasons and then by presenting steps to accomplishing this, it will become a valuable handbook.
Throughout the book she gives examples from real families and current cultural landscapes, making it identifiable for everyone. I love that the book also addresses issues that will likely arise, and encouragement that it is never to late to start. So often parenting and family faith building books are focused on the new family, assuming that this will be the norm in place as the children and family grow. It can leave a family with older children feeling as if they have missed the boat – not so here. And it’s refreshing.
My favourite part, and what excites me most for the families I will direct to this book is the 31 day Family Prayer Guide. It can be quite intimidating to state that you will prayer together as a family, and then wonder how you will do that in a “non shopping list” way. This guide gives topic prompts, Bible passages and models of prayers for that day to follow. Each day focuses on real issues that members of every family will face and be concerned about – without being “super spiritual”.
I am excited to be able to share this within the ministries I am a part of, and can’t wait to see what happens as our families learn to become stronger in their faith through the commitment of prayer.
Thank you to Graf Martin Communications, Baker Publishing,specifically Chosen Books for the opportunity to independently review this book.