Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The 40 Day Prayer Challenge By Squire Rushnell & Louise Duarrt

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From one of the beloved creators of Schoolhouse Rock and the popular GodWink series, New York Times bestselling author SQuire Rushnell teams up with his wife Louise DuArt for The 40 Day Prayer Challenge—a simple yet powerful idea that encourages partners to pray together for just five minutes a day for forty days.

SQuire and Louise have practiced daily prayer together for sixteen years. Now, they offer readers step-by-step advice on where, when, and what words to use in praying with another person: be it a spouse, loved one, family member, or a friend. In a straight-forward fashion, with astonishing examples of how Partnered Prayer can restore relationships and revitalize families, countless questions are answered including:

-How do we start praying together?
-Can we pray about anything?
-How do I get my mate to pray with me?
-Does romance get better when you pray together?
-Is there scientific evidence for prayer?
-What if my prayers aren't answered?

In association with several prominent mega-churches and Baylor University’s Institute for the Studies of Religion, SQuire and Louise are initiating the first empirical research study ever done on the effects of prayer among two people over an extended period. The 40 Day Prayer Challenge also provides a no-cost online opportunity to participate in the ongoing study. When the fun and transformational challenge finishes at forty days, prayer partners will receive a scorecard on how well they did, and join others in experiencing the amazing, wonderful things that happen during Partnered Prayer.

My Thoughts:
When I started reading this book, I thought this is just going to be another book on prayer and I didn't think I would gain anything from it, until I was whacked straight in the middle of the face with a sledge hammer. The author said something very powerful. It was a story of a pastor and his wife and the wife had said to the pastor if you knew you needed a pill every night to save your life would you take it? Of course he responded with, "yes." She then said, isn't prayer the same way?" When I read that, I thought, why aren't my husband and I praying every single night together whether he is gone on a business trip or whether he's working an odd shift? It doesn't matter where we are or the circumstance we should be praying together all the time. This book is invaluable. It get's to the heart of the matter. Prayer isn't just side entree to our marriages, but should be done on a regular basis. It is what bring us closer to God.
 I could go into the details of this book and why you should buy it, but the most important thing that you understand from this review is this: If a pill would save your life every night and you'd take it, why wouldn't you pray every night? Could prayer have the same power? You decide! This book is 5 stars and worth every single penny. Not because of all the practical advice, but because of the perspective it will give you in your marriage and in your life!  Thank you to Howard Publishing for allowing me to receive an ARC copy for my honest opinion, which I have given here.


About the Authors: 
Louise DuArt
Photograph © Gail Daman

LOUISE DUART

Louise DuArt is known as “one of the world’s best comedic impressionists” and has costarred with Tim Conway and Harvey Korman in sold-out performances for fifteen seasons. Clean and funny, Louise executes fast-paced conversations between herself with Bart Simpson, Judge Judy, Barbra Streisand, Barbara Walters, and dozens more. A popular Women of Faith speaker, Louise has coauthored three books with her husband, SQuire. She hosted a popular daily talk show on the ABC Family channel for eight seasons, Living the Life, and has starred in various Broadway productions, garnering rave reviews.

SQUIRE RUSHNELL

SQuire Rushnell is a popular speaker and New York Times bestselling author whose eight books have coined the word “Godwink” into popular usage. With more than one million books in print, SQuire’s Godwink stories have become a popular monthly feature on the NBC Today show with Kathie Lee & Hoda Kotb. He also appears frequently on Fox News, The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson, and Fox & Friends. As a veteran ABC Television Network executive, he led Good Morning America to the number one spot and introduced the acclaimed Schoolhouse Rock! series and the ABC Afterschool Special. Programs under his direction have captured more than seventy-five Emmy Awards.


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