â€œItâ€™s time for you to fight, Elizabeth. Itâ€™s time for you to fight for your marriage!â€ Clara exhorts the woman in Chris Fabryâ€™s book that is based on the motion picture by Alex Kendrick and Steven Kendrick, War Room: Prayer is a Powerful Weapon.
~ What ~
This four-hundred-and-twenty-four-page paperback targets those who enjoy Christian romance regarding family dilemmas and prayer. With the movie recently released, it contains no profanity or explicit sexual scenes, but the topic of marital infidelity may not be appropriate for immature readers.
In this fast-paced read, Tony and Elizabeth Jordan have been married sixteen years and have a ten-year-old daughter. Gradually growing apart, Tony is on the road often as a sales representative who is tested, while Elizabeth likes her job as a realtor but realizes the spark is missing from their marriage. When Elizabeth meets the praying Clara Williams, her life is turned around to face her frustrations and struggles as she focuses on God by setting up her war room of prayer.
~ Why ~
The story of a faltering marriage is realistic as the husband and wife feel unloved, unwanted, and hopeless. Reiterating how prayer changes the person who prays, the concentration is on trusting God when adversities arise for a reason.The portrayal of Clara was genuine as it showed the traits of a true prayer warrior, vaguely touching on the womanâ€™s faults.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not believe in God may have trouble with a book that conveys if you pray, life will become a bed of roses. With the protagonists getting their prayers fulfilled at almost every turn, it only referred to the plan of eternal salvation.
~ Who ~
Award-winning author and radio personality, Fabry has written more than seventy books for children and adults. His wife and he have nine children and live in Arizona. Best-selling authors and cowriters of movies, Alex and Stephen Kendrick have received more than twenty awards in the film industry.
~ Wish ~
Knowing that God works in our lives in mysterious ways, I had the desire to pray more often while reading this book. I wished there was a way to convey that God may not always answer our prayers the way we want Him to every time.
~ Want ~
If you are faltering in life, ready to give up in your marriage, and wondering why you should bother praying, this is a good reminder that God is in control and knows best for us.
Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the readerâ€™s honest opinions.
Seasons of Opportunities
Once I began, I could not read through this book quick enough. It seems something always kept coming up I had to tend to, leaving me hanging as I wanted to read more.
The theme of this book is PRAYER! And Chris Fabry along with the Kendrick brothers have done an amazing job re-igniting a desire to pray in my heart!
The books opens with Ms Clara, an elderly woman, known for her prayer warrior qualities. People are always slipping her a piece of paper with someones name on it, or calling her with a request. Clara has a special closet, in which she spends countless hours not simply bringing requests to the Lord, but also praising Him for all He has done and who He is. She know the secret to worship and communion with God.
Enter Elizabeth, realtor, mother, wife with marriage on the rocks. A woman who is searching, but doesn't even realize it. God leads Ms Clara to her as she gets ready to sell her home. But God has a greater purpose in mind, Elizabeth's heart and her whole family.
As you read this book, you will feel like you belong somewhere in it. Maybe you are Elizabeth, or maybe you are her husband. Maybe you can relate to her daughter, caught in the middle of this relationship and hurting. The most awesome thing about this book is to see how God works. He doesn't necessarily do what we want him to do, or fix things the way we think He should, but I love watching His hand in it all. I love seeing Elizabeth learn to fight with heavenly weapons instead of words. I love how God begins to work in her first, then it spreads to the rest of the family. I love how it shows that praying doesn't necessarily come easily, but it is worth the effort. I like the portrayal that sometimes things get worse before they get better. I love the faith demonstrated, consequences for actions, forgiveness demonstrated even in difficult circumstances. This book has it all!!
I can't recommend it highly enough, but before I give away the whole story line. I better quit. Go get it, read it, you won't regret it. As a matter of fact, you may just want to pass it on!