Whispers of Hope by Beth Moore-A Review (and Giveaway)

November 15, 2013 in books,Give away,prayer

Prayer Devotional Ever been in a prayer rut? You know, where prayers are stale. Or you can’t think of what to pray. Or you’ve prayed the same thing so many times you don’t want to read about the persistent widow in scripture. How do you get out of the rut?

Prayer has seasons I think. And sometimes, a little encouragement is what we need to recharge our prayer life, or just to keep it strong. Beth Moore recently re-released a book on prayer called Whispers of Hope. It is devotion-style book with 70 mini-lessons on prayer and a page each day for writing them. She uses an easy-to-remember acronym to help you pray. I think it will jump start the prayer life of both new believers and seasoned followers.

Devotional books  can be sappy and rather shallow. They can be feel good books that highlight one out-of-context scripture. And often they just don’t challenge the mature believer. Beth, known for digging deep into scripture and using it to pray, does not let any of these descriptions apply to Whispers of Hope. She picks scripture, with context, that will make you think . Then she teaches you about the scripture, using solid Bible study methods, personal experiences, or both. The daily lesson ends with a guided journal page.

I was hesitant when I started using the book (you do use this book rather than just read it so buy a real book, not a Kindle edition) because really, I thought I knew what Beth was going to say. There are certain scriptures about prayer that are always highlighted, but she surprised me again and again by highlighting scripture I don’t usually apply to pray. On  the second day she was pulling out Micah 7:8 , “Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise, Thought I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light.”

The best part of this prayer book? It is spilling over into my life. Her acronym for how to prayer is lingering in my mind in the early moments of grogginess when I first stir and spilling into mini-lessons on prayer with my girls. It is reminding me to repent and to pray to be a vessel for God’s love. And that my friends, is what, a great prayer book should ultimately do, draw the reader into God’s presence even when she isn’t using the book.

Wanna know the best part? The publishers of Whispers of Hope sent me a free copy to review on my blog, but even better, they want to give a free copy to one of my readers. So, leave a comment below telling me something about your prayer life right now or how I can pray for you. You have until Monday at midnight. My girls and I will draw a number to determine the winner. I hope you win! If you don’t, give yourself permission to buy this one. It’s like having a prayer partner for 10 weeks.

Oh and in case you are curious, here is what is written on the back of the book:

Scripture tells us to pray without ceasing, but how in the world do we do that? In fact, how should we effectively pray to begin with?Best-selling author Beth Moore addresses these practical and pervasive matters in Whispers of Hope 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.Indeed, Whispers of Hope teaches the manifestation process of powerful Word-saturated prayer in response to a daily Bible reading. In turn, you will better understand how devotional reading and prayer are central to a stronger relationship with God.

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Joylynn November 15, 2013 at 3:25 pm

I can always use encouragement/challenge when it comes to talking with God! And I can think of at least a friend or two I would love to gift this book too as they continue to wrestle with what they believe about Jesus.

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pruningprincesses November 15, 2013 at 6:45 pm

Love that you want to give the book away…Hope you and your little family are doing well.

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Christe November 15, 2013 at 4:02 pm

I so believe in the power of prayer and listening to the Lord. Would love to read this book!

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Takiela Bynum November 15, 2013 at 4:45 pm

Although I’m not in a prayer rut…I could sure use some strengthening in that area. My desire is to pray about every thing, as the Bible says. I want to do it without thinking about it, like breathing.

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pruningprincesses November 19, 2013 at 11:55 pm

Takiela, your enthusiasm for all things Christ comes through even in the way you support “blog” friends. Thank you. I would like prayer to be like breathing too. What a wonderful description.

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Amber November 15, 2013 at 5:03 pm

Pick me, pick me! I love praying Scripture. I would love prayer for having wisdom in parenting (shocker!) and growing in trust.

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pruningprincesses November 19, 2013 at 11:54 pm

Amber, I have been praying you. The older my kids get the more wisdom I seem to need! So glad you have a great community around you.

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Sarah November 15, 2013 at 8:38 pm

I just got done studying “Lord, Teach Me to Pray in 28 Days” with my Bible Study. What encouraged me the most was that as a perfectionist, I often approach things with an attitude of “if I can’t do it perfect, I won’t do it at all.” I have definitely approached (or not approached) prayer in that way. I was encouraged to learn that prayer is a skill to learn and grow with through experience. I would love to have Beth’s tool in my toolbox to sharpen my skills. And if you’d like to pray for me, pray that God keeps chiseling away that perfectionism into dependence. 🙂

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pruningprincesses November 19, 2013 at 11:53 pm

What a praise to realize how perfectionism is hindering your prayers. I am confident he is chiseling away at you! And my prayer life changes and grows all the time. Sometimes I have to relearn prayer because I forget. I have learned a few things about my own perfectionism this year too! It sure can be limiting and hard to shed. I have been praying for you. Such a privilege.

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mongupp November 16, 2013 at 12:03 am

Please pray for me. To cope when I feel so much tension and darkness. Thankyou.

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pruningprincesses November 19, 2013 at 11:50 pm

Thank you for sharing with me. I have been praying for you.

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Caroline November 16, 2013 at 7:43 pm

We just moved to a new town after living in our last town for twelve years. It has been easy in some ways, but really challenging in other ways…especially as all five of my children are processing it differently. It has totally driven me to my knees in prayer, and there are many requests that remain unanswered (in fact, I just blogged about it in “Does God Make Mistakes? “). I love Beth Moore, so I would love to get the free copy! Thanks for doing a giveaway!!

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pruningprincesses November 19, 2013 at 11:46 pm

Moving is hard! Finding new doctors, friends, fellowship. It is so hard not to compare it to what you had before and then throw in five kids with five personalities and I know what you are on your knees. I’ve prayed for you the last two days. May you find peace in his presence.

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pruningprincesses November 20, 2013 at 12:28 am

Hi Caroline, Congratulations. You won a copy of Beth’s book. Can you please email me your address at pruningprincesses(at) gmail(dot)com? Laura

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Caroline November 20, 2013 at 1:57 am

Yeah!!!!! Yes! Thank you!

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Mckayla November 16, 2013 at 10:41 pm

Need this so much in my life right now! Looking for another Beth Moore book to share with ladies bible study and I think we all would benefit from this book!

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Stephanie @ CrayonMarks&TigerStripes November 17, 2013 at 1:59 pm

I would love this! I am working on my prayer life. My husband and I started praying together in August and haven’t missed a night since! It has done awesome things for our marriage. I need to work on spending more time in prayer alone. I do pray throughout the day but they are short prayers (it’s hard to concentrate on prayer through the “mommy! mommy! mooooooom!!!!!”) This sounds like a great resource and I love Beth Moore 🙂

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pruningprincesses November 19, 2013 at 11:44 pm

I know prayer is powerful in marriage. Praise God that you haven’t missed a night. But you are right, you both need your own time to talk to God too. I am praying that the alone prayer habit develops as easily as the together one.

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Ashley C November 17, 2013 at 8:53 pm

I’m definitely in a prayer rut right now, and not sure how to get out of it! I’ve had this book on my “to read” list but haven’t made it a priority, I think it needs to move up to priority status!

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pruningprincesses November 19, 2013 at 11:42 pm

Ashley, I have been in a rut before. Ask others to pray for you and keep praying anyway. I will pray too.

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CyndaK November 18, 2013 at 12:33 am

This prayer book sounds like something I really need in this season of my life. My prayer life feels stale and routine. I pray with my children every night. When we are finished, I walk away asking God to help me with all of our pray lives. Seems to be in a rut with the kiddos too.

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pruningprincesses November 19, 2013 at 11:41 pm

Those ruts can be hard to overcome. I suspect there is spiritual warfare going on. Keep praying anyway. And I just prayed for you.

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Gloria November 18, 2013 at 8:15 pm

This sounds like a very encouraging book. I appreciate your offer to pray for me – right now my prayers are mostly surrounding my need for a job. I have been out of work for a year. Thanks.

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pruningprincesses November 19, 2013 at 11:39 pm

Oh Gloria, trusting him can be so hard when months stretch into a year. Praying for you.

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