Praying for Boys – {REVIEW} & Giveaway!

 
 

See these guys?  They are my boys & I love them fiercely!  This happens to be one of their goofy times that I was able to capture.  (actually had my camera close by for the shot!)  Often they are running loops around the living/dining/kitchen area chasing each other as they laugh hysterically and shriek at the top of their lungs.  Life is not very quiet in our house. 

My journey as a mom to boys began 12 years ago.  I had been married 10 months when Jonathan arrived.  Motherhood brought new challenges:  breastfeeding, sleepless nights, diaper changing around the clock, food allergies, eczema, and baby weight gain issues.  To make matters worse I was 600 miles from the place I had called home for 20 years.

I was scared, naive in many ways, and had no clue what it really takes to be a mom.  Sure I had babysat many times, but that is NOTHING compared to the 24/7 job of motherhood.

With each day I knew that God had given me a gift.  This precious gift needed to be nurtured, loved, pruned and guided daily.  I was lost.  Parenting books gave some help on how to do that but nothing really covered the prayer aspect that I was craving.  That was when I discovered The MOB Society and Brooke McGlothlin!  She had just written an ebook called Warrior Prayers and I participated in the challenge at the time which was praying for our son(s). 

We had just confirmed our 2nd pregnancy and guess what?  It was another boy!  The timing was perfect really.  I began the Warrior Prayers challenge and followed it fairly closely.  Being pregnant made this challenging and I was working full time as well.  But I took the time to do it because I know how important it is to pray for our boys.

Praying for Boys is the full realization of what began as Warrior Prayers.  Brooke had been wanting to add more to the book and got to do so and have it published by Bethany House Publishers. 

Let me tell you, reading through this has been such a blessing.  It is the book that makes you laugh, cry, knod your head in agreement and let you know that you are not alone in your journey. 

As I read the beginning part of the book, I felt like I was sitting and talking to a good friend.  A friend who was going through similar struggles as me.  Being a mom sure isn’t easy.  Being a mom of boys adds a whole other level to the game.

They are loud, messy, rarely if ever sit still and sometimes you want to pull your hair out!  So how do you pray for these wild and crazy boys you love with all your heart?

As Brooke shares her story of how she came to write Praying for Boys she provides the perfect combination of encouragement and the easy to follow way to pray for your boys.

Whether it’s specific boy character traits, the fruits of the spirit (couldn’t we all use some more peace from our boys?) or just simple prayers, Brooke guides you through that. 

She includes scripture references for every prayer!   I love having them available.  The last part of the book is so nice because you don’t have to follow it in order.  You can choose whatever you would like to pray for your boys, and there are enough different topics to pray for each day/week/month or even hour!  The prayers are simple and powerful.

I know I can tell a difference when I pray for each of our sons.  There are traits that we talk about with them that we often don’t see come to fruition for a while.  So it is important to continue the talk while praying with God.  He does hear them and he knows we love our sons so very much. 

Praying for our boys is so important!  Today I think this is something that is too often forgotten due to the busyness of life.  Making time for prayer is so important and a key to parenting. 

Praying for Boys will give you a way to do that without feeling overwhelmed.  It is easy to follow and a beautiful way to talk to God about your boys.  I am more than glad to pray to God to provide guidance in raising my boys to be men of character, honor, justice, patience, and peace.

You can purchase Praying for Boys online at AmazonBarnes and Noble and other Online Retailers.

I have also been authorized to do a Giveaway for a Paperback of Praying for Boys! 
To Enter: Comment Below with 1 thing you love about your boys and 1 thing that drives you insane.  Winner will be chose on February 1st, 2013. 

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Q&A with Brooke McGlothlin – Author of Praying for Boys

 

Brooke’s Bio

Brooke McGlothlin is Co-founder of Raising Boys Media, where moms and dads come to discover delight in the chaos of raising boys. You can find her writing about fighting for the hearts of her sons at the MOB Society blog, or living a life in pursuit of Jesus at her personal blog www.brookemcglothlin.com. A normal day finds Brooke homeschooling her two boys, wrangling two large Labs, Toby and Siri, writing to bring hope to the messes of life (in the midst of her own messy life), and falling more and more in love with the man she’s had a crush on since the third grade (who just happens to be her husband).

What led you to write your book Praying For Boys?
My husband and I have two boys who were born just 23 months apart. I probably don’t need to say much more than that, do I?? That’s enough to keep any mama on her knees! Actually, I’ve done a lot of hard things that I’m very proud of in my life, but raising my boys ranks up there as THE hardest thing I’ve ever done. In the book, I talk about how I asked God to give me boys, and that’s true, but the reality of the day to day mothering of what I like to refer to as “those boys,” (you know, the ones who are 250% boy?) often leaves me completely worn out. I realized early on in our parenting journey that I had no power to change their hearts. And while everything in me wanted to be able to snap my fingers and produce good, godly men, the Bible just doesn’t give us that parenting formula. So in an effort to just do something, I started praying verses from the Bible for my sons…verses based on things I wanted to see the Lord develop in their hearts. It was my way of crying out to God to change them, but it ended up changing me, too. After a year or so of doing that, and of constantly hearing from moms on the MOB Society, my blog for mothers of boys, who wanted to raise godly men, but felt like they were losing the battle, I decided to create a resource that helped them learn how to pray for their sons. It seemed a simple answer to me at the time, but the longer I encourage moms to pray the more convinced I become that prayer is the most overlooked part of raising godly men.

Brooke, your book is a prayer guide with over 200 scriptural prayers. Can you share a sample or two of these?
One of my favorite verses to pray for my own boys, that shows up in the chapter on kindness, is Numbers 6:23-26. They call it my “special prayer” and I pray it over both of them every single night. If I forget, they remind me, and I love that it’s become such an important part of the way we end our days. I just pull my boys close to me and pray, “May the Lord bless you, and keep you, and make His face to shine upon you, and give you peace.” We’ve been doing it so long now that they actually pray it with me. My other favorite verse to pray for my boys, because they’re young and still learning appropriate behaviors, is Galatians 5:22. I put my own twist on the end that they just think is hilarious. “Lord, fill up my sweet boys with love, joy, peace, and patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control…lots and lots of self-control.”

What do you feel is the greatest obstacle moms must overcome in order to be women who make prayer for their boys a priority?
We give priority to the things we find most in important in life. For example, I’m pretty partial to eating. I get sick and grumpy very fast if I don’t eat when I’m hungry, so because of that, I tend to place a high priority on meal time. I make time for it. Some of my friends are dedicated to exercising, so they find time for it and let others things on their to-do list slide to a lesser priority status. So it is with prayer. When we know how powerful a praying life can be—not just because it allows us to join with God in shaping the hearts of our sons, but also because it keeps us connected to His heart, shaping us into the kind of parents HE wants us to be—we make time for it. So really, the greatest obstacle to overcome is how important, or unimportant, we believe prayer really is.

You can find Brooke over at The MOB Society.  This is where I first found her and many other moms of boys.  She is also on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter

How to Control Your Emotions – Book Review

Brooke McGlothlin is an author, mom, wife, photographer and so much more.  She is the author of Hope for the Weary Mom: Where God Meets You in Your Mess and created the 21 Days of prayer for Sons challenge.  She also blogs at The MOB Society which is for moms of boys, written by moms of boys.

I happened upon The MOB Society about 3 years ago just after the birth of our 3rd son.  At that point, I realized I needed all the help I could get. 

Being a stay at home mom is not an easy job.  Add homeschooling to the mix and it gets really crazy!  I try really hard to keep a reign on my emotions, but some days my boys just wear me down. 

Back when I discovered The Mob Society and Brooke, it was for the 21 Days of Prayers for Sons challenge.  That was a wonderful experience.  I liked it so much that I purchased the 1st edition of her Warrior Prayers book on praying for your boys.  But I will save that story for another post.

So needless to say, I kept up with the blog for the past 3 years and even after we had our daughter last year.  I was still a mom to boys.  Three of them.  And they all know how to keep me on my toes, anxiety level high and more!

Jonathan was my fairly easy child.  Listened fairly well and was really fairly compliant.  Then came Jordan.  He has SO much energy and when he was about 2 years old he escaped from us at church. 

Now our church isn’t at a normal location.  We go to church in a mall.  We have our own dedicated space and it is a wonderful church.  We have been going there since Jordan was a baby.  So he has grown up knowing the mall.  We would walk around afterward and go to the play area.

Well apparently he thought he could just go into the mall after church one day.  My heart sank as we ran down the mall concourse calling his name.  Where do we find him?  At the money operated rides!  I was so relieved but panicked at the same time. 

Jordan’s energy and quest for curiosity haven’t changed over the years.  But at least he doesn’t escape like he used to. 

Josef came along in 2010 and that was when I discovered The Mob Society!  I needed it then and I need it now.  As a mom of 3 boys, it is my job to raise men of God.  Men who will follow the Lord with all their heart, soul and mind.  But how can I do that when they test me and try me at every corner?

Some days it feels like it is all I can do to keep my cool.  Other days go better.  But it takes everything in me and sometimes I just don’t know what to do.

I saw that Brooke was working on a new book called How to Control Your Emotions So they don’t control you.  I practically jumped when they were asking for people who could help proofread and promote the book when the time came.  This book was something I had been looking for.

I must say that sometimes you don’t think you can really gain control on things.  It feels like a losing battle.  But in reading Brooke’s book, it gave me a new perspective on things and perhaps a new hope. 

Brooke shares from her own life experiences.  Because she does this it is a way we can all relate with her and also know that we aren’t the only ones who have rough days.

In this new book, Brooke shares about David and his struggles with emotions.  If you read the Psalms at all you can see he was all over the place.  But you can also see Whom he relies on.  God. 

I love how Brooke uses scripture to help encourage you.  She knows it isn’t easy but she wants to share the Hope that is there for us to take part of.  Her suggestions are Biblically based and practical.

Something else I like about how this is written is that there is no condemning nor is there the expectation of perfection!  Slip ups will happen, the imperfect day will hit.  But that’s ok.  Our Heavenly Father doesn’t expect us to be perfect. 

Here are the Chapter Titles for the book just so you can see what Brooke talks about.

Chapter One

Feel, Know, Do — The Heart of Submitting Our Emotions to God

Chapter Two

How to Overcome Lies with the Truth

Chapter Three

Where Do We Get the Power to Overcome?

Chapter Four

Sometimes We Just Have to Walk Away

Chapter Five

What Happens When We Blow It?

Appendix

Scriptures to Help Fight Off the Lies

Each chapter was a blessing to read.  I also thought the Appendix has been a GREAT help as well.  Having the scriptures right there and not having to fumble through to find what I am looking for is great.  So many times I struggle to find the appropriate verse but often give up because I can’t remember where to look. 

Brooke gives you 25 verses that cover when you feel angry, lost, attacked and even nothing.  She wants you to know the Lord is there and that is why I love this book.  HE is there with you.  In the midst of your day.  It doesn’t matter if it is good, bad, beautiful, ugly, stressed or relaxed.  God is there with you.  He is always there. 

So I encourage you, if you are sick and tired of the blow-ups, yelling and want to work on being better for your kids, your family, yourself and God, then I encourage you to get this book.  It is $3.99 and available here.  You can upload it to your Kindle (like I did) or even print it out since it is in PDF form. 

For me, I feel better equipped to face the challenges of each day.  I know that God is always with me and will never leave me.  This helped remind me of that and has also helped me get some things in order so that I can try to be the best mom for my kids that I can.  I want to be the mom they run to not from.

Blogging Through the Alphabet – J is for the J-boys!

How long did it take you choose the name for your children?  For us, name choosing has been quite important.  We have always wanted names that have a Biblical background.  And for the most part we have been able to keep to that. 

We have 3 boys.  They all have names that begin with the letter J.  (you would not believe how often we get asked if we are trying to be like the Duggar family with their “J” names)  They also have 2 middle names.  Their middle names all have the same initials.  Yes, we are that crazy!  **laughs**

We chose names from the Bible for most of them. 
#1 Jonathan Michael Gabriel
#2 Jordan Matthew Gideon
#3 Josef Micah Gerald

It was also important that the names flowed.  I guess a better way to put it was that they sounded good with our last name.  Since it is Slovak, it can be kind of hard to get a good rhythm going.  Yenca is just, well, unique.  It gets pronounced so many different ways.  Especially by telemarketers.  Ya’ll know what I am talking about. 

So we have Jonathan (David’s friend in the Bible), Michael (Angel), Gabriel (Angel).
Jordan (Country), Matthew (Disciple), Gideon (Warrior/Hero)
Josef (Darren’s dad’s name and Bible Character) Micah (Bible Character) Gerald (my Grandfather – see the post about my Grandy here)

As you can see, we definitely chose mostly Biblical names for the boys. Will this trend continue when we have another child, specifically if that child is a boy?  Hopefully.  We like to keep things the same as much as possible. 

I will admit that I do mix up my boys names.  Luckily I haven’t used the dog’s or our daughter’s name to call them.  But do I mix them up, yes! But that’s ok.  They know it’s crazy at our house!  🙂