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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Pray The Scriptures

The son of a lifelong inner-city public school teacher and a beloved author of historical fiction for children, Kevin Johnson is the bestselling author of nearly 60 books and study Bibles for adults, youth, and children, including the one-of-a-kind Pray the Scriptures Bible (Bethany House Publishers 2012). As a writer and editor of adult works he has partnered as co-author and concept consultant with some of the publishing world’s leading authors. Kevin’s writing hasn’t stopped since his first book, Can I Be a Christian Without Being Weird?
(Bethany House 1992). He was the lead writer of the original guy’s Biblezine Refuel (Thomas Nelson 2004). His latest authoring work includes The Rock Solid Faith Study Bible for Teens (Zondervan 2012) and Resolving Everyday Conflict, with Ken Sande (Baker Books 2011). Past projects include a trio of curriculum and books that accompanied the release of the Universal Pictures family comedy Evan Almighty, starring Steve Carell (Youth Specialties 2007), and the
NCV Student Bible (Thomas Nelson 2006). On Easter Sunday 2010 Kevin began serving as solo pastor of Emmaus Road Church in Hopkins, Minnesota, a suburban city west of Minneapolis ( He was previously Teaching Pastor at Calvary in Golden Valley, Minnesota, where until 2006 he was Pastor for Children, Youth, and Family, overseeing 45 paid staff working with 1200 youth, children, and early childhood students. He ran a major adult nonfiction line as a senior editor at Bethany House Publishers. And he pastored a group of more than 400 sixth through ninth
graders at Elmbrook Church in metro Milwaukee. His training includes an M.Div. from Fuller
Theological Seminary and a B.A. in English and Print Journalism from the University of
Wisconsin—River Falls.
Kevin’s interests include trail running, backyard astronomy, and radio (with broadcasts from
more than 160 countries heard on AM and shortwave). He also tries hard at digital
photography, and some of his shots can be viewed at
Kevin met his wife, Lyn, on a high school outreach to a First Nations reserve in Ontario, Canada.
Their home has a laboratory for all the parenting tips Kevin has dispensed over the years, with
a recent college grad (Nate—snowboard instructor, electric guitarist, and English teacher), a
college junior (Karin—downhill ski instructor, vocalist, and worldchanger), and a high school
junior (Elise—long-distance runner, guitarist, and budding psychologist). Kevin and Lyn guide
their home with one rule: “Don’t do anything stupid.” They share their home not only with
three children but with several dozen tropical fish and a champion blue merle sheltie,
At 49, Kevin is happily on the verge of adulthood. Kevin and Lyn plan to expend themselves in
a lifetime of service, then grow ponytails and retire somewhere near an ocean.

When you don't now the words to pray, God provides them for you.
You desire a deeper prayer life, to pray God's will and his promises, but perhaps you feel stuck.  This 40-day prayer experience will energize your prayer life and draw you closer to God through his very words.  If you've ever wondered what God wants to hear from you, Kevin Johnson will guide you in praying back to God the words of Scripture, applying them to your life and circumstances.
"Prayer starter" phrases jump-start your practice of writing and speaking Scripture prayers.  Each day's entry includes an introductory devotional, Scripture text, and concluding questions for reflection, discussion, and further prayer.

*You can visit HERE for an excerpt from the book in order to get a feel for the structure of each day's prayer prompt.

Pray the Scriptures:  A 40-Day Prayer Experience is Kevin's follow-up to his Pray The Scriptures Bible which is in the God's Word Translation.

My Thoughts:
Kevin Johnson offers an excellent resource to aid in your devotional experience.  I enjoyed using his guide as part of my quiet times and can highly recommend it to you.  I really appreciated that the printed portions of Scripture in the book are offered in various translations.  The guide is simple and easy to use.  Particularly helpful are the reflect, pray and discuss section at the end of each day's scripture guide.  This would be an excellent gift for a new believer or for anyone who is seeking to develop a more focused prayer life.
Thank you Bethany House for sending a complimentary copy for the purpose of this review.