Takeaway: If you are interested in how to use scripture to guide your prayers, this is a good practical introduction. Do not get audio version.
A couple of months ago Christianity Today had a cover story on Beth Moore. I realized that while I have lots of (primarily female) friends that love her writing and bible studies I have not actually read anything by her.
I looked around and saw that my mother had purchased Praying God’s Word a year or two ago on our shared audiobook account. Since I already had access to it, and I have been trying to limit my book purchases, I moved it higher in my to read pile.
Two months later, I have learned a couple things. One, this is a lousy book for an audiobook. Some books are great for audio, some are great for kindle, some are best for paper. This book is designed to be an ‘action book’. One that is not just for reading, but to be used. In large part this book is just compilations of scripture turned into prayer and organized into topical areas. I think it is a great tool to help people that have never used scripture as prayers before. But it makes a lousy audiobook because you cannot go back and refer to the scripture easily and actually pray through them.
The second thing I learned is that if Beth Moore is one of the most popular bible teachers out there, and if this book is representative of her other books and only half of the books are read and only half of those are really put into practice, then there still should be a huge number of very well equipped teachers out there. I get why she is primarily read by women. This book, while it was not particularly aimed at women, did feel like it was really oriented toward women. Most of the illustrations were of women. That is not bad. It just is.
I will look around and find another book of hers to read later. I did not end up finishing this one. I got through about 2/3rds of it and gave up. It was fine, but I knew I wasn’t going to be able to use it as intended. So I put it aside and I am moving on to the next one.