Monday, January 4, 2016

Review: Proverbs Prayers

Proverbs Prayers
By John Mason
Revell, 2015


Experience the wisdom of God in your life as never before

The book of Proverbs is a wellspring of wisdom, offering practical guidance for life and the tools to make good choices, withstand pressure, prioritize relationships, and avoid unnecessary trouble.

Now bestselling author John Mason helps you make that wisdom a part of your inner life. For thirty-one days, he takes you through each chapter of Proverbs, unpacking the wisdom within and providing a heartfelt prayer based on the insights from that chapter. As you read and pray, you'll discover the principles found in this wisdom-packed book coming alive in your life in ways you may never have imagined.

My thoughts

Simply put, Proverbs Prayers takes you through the book of Proverbs in a thorough and fresh way. I’ve read the book of Proverbs, but never really delved deeper into it, and this is something that Proverbs Prayers allows you to do. Although it could be used as a 31-day devotional, I would personally prefer to spread each chapter and prayer over a longer period of time.

Each chapter begins with the corresponding chapter in Proverbs, followed by a prayer. I’ve always thought that praying God’s Word is a beautiful way to apply His message to my life, and John Mason’s prayers are well written and very relevant, giving fresh insight and application into Solomon’s words of wisdom. Here’s one example from the prayer after reading Proverbs 12:

Thank you, Father, that Your truth always outlives a life. A lie may win in the short run, but it never lasts long, because truth endues forever….Let me be a person of peace and joy who is full of plans for good. Help me to deal truly and purposefully in everything I do today. No matter what the circumstances, help me keep my promises and my word. I want to be Your delight.

There’s also a wonderful little section at the end called “Proverbs Principles” that gives insight into biblical principles like character, compassion, guidance, peace, and trust.

John’s words at the end perfectly express the purpose of this book:  “Allow the Word of God to speak wisdom into your life. Ask God to help you make daily decisions that reflect good judgment. You’ll soon discover that His wisdom breaks chains, unlocks doors, and illuminates your path!”



John Mason is a minister, a popular speaker, and the bestselling author of many books, including An Enemy Called Average and You Can Do It--Even if Others Say You Can't. His books have sold nearly two million copies and have been translated into more than thirty languages. He is the founder and president of Insight International and Insight Publishing Group, organizations dedicated to helping people reach their God-given dreams. He lives in Oklahoma.

Thank you to Revell for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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