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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Praying for Boys: Asking God For The Things They Need Most

Brooke McGlothlin has encouraged thousands of moms toward a richer prayer life as co-founder of the popular online community for mothers of boys, the MOB Society (

Brooke has her B.S. in Psychology from Virginia Tech and her Masters in Counseling from Liberty University.  Before coming home to raise her boys, Brooke worked for 10 years as the Director of Clinical Services in local Pregnancy Care ministry.

Brooke contributes to The Better Mom blog as well as LifeWay's ParentLife blog.  Brooke loves homeschooling her two boys and finding God's beauty through photography.  She also serves on the Board of Directors for Blue Ridge Women's center, a local Pregnancy Care Ministry.
Brooke's life verse is Psalm 116:2..."Because He bends down to listen, I will praise Him as long as I have breath.

You can get better acquainted with Brooke at

What Are Your Biggest Concerns for Your Son?

Instead of trying harder to change your boy's behavior or worrying about his future, enjoy the peace that comes when you pray specific prayers for him straight from the Bible.

This books helps you target your prayers on what your son needs most - from patience and self-control to having a pure heart and making wise decisions.

Today you can start giving whatever concerns you have to God and learn how to fight for your son's heart in prayer, see how even quick prayers make a difference, understand boys' deepest struggles, no matter their age and rest in knowing that God is the only One who can change your son's heart.

Brooke writes with the patience and love of a true friend.  She shares transparently her journey of learning to pray and teaches us how to do to have this conversation with God that is made up of listening and believing as much or more so than it is talking.  The enemy seeks to steal, kill and destroy, but Brooke leads her readers in how to fight for the hearts of our boys by battling for them in prayer faithfully.  She doesn't give a doctoral thesis on prayer; just a concise and very well thought out and biblical guide.

Brooke covers prayers for our boys in each of the following categories:

  • Heart Change
  • Obedience
  • Overcoming Fears
  • Integrity
  • Wisdom
  • Pride
  • Honor
  • Purity
  • A Servant's Heart
  • Fruit of the Spirit
  • Anger
  • Forgiveness
  • Salvation
Each section contains a short "teaching" section addressing that particular chapter's topic followed by a section of prayers directly from Scripture to pray in regards to the chapter's subject matter.  Then Brooke offers a section for reflection or discussion with a group.  These questions are thoughtful focus points that help the reader to go deeper in understanding and application...more than a "how to" and more of a "why this is important".  The questions provided really are helpful in fleshing out the reality of prayer over the particular area being covered in that chapter.

The book also includes helpful guides in leading a "21 Days of Prayer for Your Sons" initiative as well as guides on leading a Church or Community Study and Leading an Online Study.

In the conclusion to the book Brooke shares this:
"Why do I pray?  It's not because I have all the answers; it's because I don't.  Prayer is the desperate cry of a mama whose life has taught her she has so little control...Prayer is the coming to the end of ourselves, letting go, and placing our hope in the God Who can. Like Samson's parents, who believed in the Lord 'who works wonders', a lifestyle of prayer consists of putting none of my hope in what I can do, but all of my hope in what God has already done."
I can not recommend  Praying For Boys highly enough!

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers for the purpose of this review.

Joining you as we pray for our boys!