Genesis 5020

Stories for His Glory

Peter’s Perfect Prayer Place by Stephan Kendrick and Alex Kendrick August 11, 2015

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Can you help Peter find the perfect place to pray?

Peter is used to seeing his mom pray in her special prayer room, and now you can help him search for his own place to pray—Peter’s perfect prayer place. Is it under his bed? Up in his treehouse? Between the pots and pans? Where can God hear him best? There’s lots of fun as Peter looks and looks, but in the end, he learns that although it’s great to have a special place to be alone with God and pray, God hears you no matter where you are—under, up, or in between!

This companion book to the movie War Room will teach young readers an important lesson about talking to God. And the fold-out prayer chart and stickers in the back of the book will let them track their prayers as well as God’s answers!

My thoughts:

This is a sweet book for your youngest little prayer warrior. The rhyming cadence of the prose makes this a catchy, fun read.

This book gives a good lesson that although you can draw away and pray you can also pray anywhere and anyway you want. The greatest thing is that our kids have the desire to prayer.

There was a little surprise at the end for the kids (or you) to write down things they are praying for on a big poster they could hang up in their room. And what child doesn’t love stickers? This book includes stickers your child can use to mark off when they prayer.

I love the idea of this book. My son, who is nine, felt it was a bit young for him but he thought it was nice. So I would recommend this book for preschool and early elementary age children.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble,, Books-A-Million or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me in exchange for an honest review. 


Make Space May 23, 2014

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singing-children-1306544613r1nAs you may or may not know I am a music teacher. I have a lot of kids who want to sing a song or play piano in class. I try to let them at the end of class if we have a couple of extra minutes.

This week I had a little second grader ask if she could sing a song and I told her if we had time. We did.

Most kids sing secular music that always makes me a bit nervous. But this girl started singing about Jesus and how we need a Savior. I had this moment of awe that Jesus was taking up residence in my classroom. He is always there, of course, but in that moment I could feel His presence keenly.

After she left I felt God whisper to my heart about something I often ask Him. I wonder how I am showing Jesus to my students, I feel I fail in this area since I am a public school teacher and can’t just tell the kids how much Jesus loves them, I need to show them and I don’t feel I do this well all the time.

He told me sometimes I just need to make space for Jesus. If I provide the space His presence will come. Even cooler was the fact that He will use the children to bring in His presence into my classroom. My job is to keep providing the space for that to happen.

Wow. I was blown away by this.

I always knew God had a special place in His heart for children but I never thought about the part I might play in Him using them for His glory.

Sometimes I think we get so wrapped in the “trying”…try to encounter His presence, try to pray more, try to read the Bible more. And maybe all we really need to do is to make space for Jesus.

Something to think about that’s for sure.

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14 NLT

Have you had this happen to you? You make space and Jesus comes in? Care to share, we would love to hear about it.


Praying for Boys by Brooke McGlothlin January 20, 2014

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Praying for Boys

Asking God For The Things They Need Most


Brooke McGlothlin

About (from the publishers website):

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 encouraging book 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 to fight for your son’s heart in prayer
– look at raising boys as a gift
– see how even quick prayers make a difference
– understand boys’ deepest struggles, no matter their age
– rest in knowing that God is the only One who can change your son’s heart

Written for moms but great for dads (and grandparents) too, this easy-to-use book is filled with uplifting stories and biblical wisdom that will equip you on your journey to raising a godly man.

Includes a 21-Day Prayer Guide for Small Groups, in Person or Online!

My thoughts:

I loved this book. From the first paragraph I knew Brooke was a mom who gets me. Who isn’t perfect but is doing her best to raise Godly men, which is what all of us moms want, right?

I really like the way to book was set up. It starts with a few chapters that talk about how this book came to be and how to use it. After that it is followed by very short chapters with ten prayers, that come directly from scripture, for you to pray over your boys.

I’ll be honest, I used this book for my whole family. I prayed it over my son, my daughter, my husband and me. It’s so powerful to put your child’s name in verse and pray over them.

It’s your choice how you want to use the book. I am choosing to pray one verse over my child for a couple of days and then move onto the next. But you can customize it to your liking.

If you struggle with exactly what to pray for your boy this book is a great starting point.

Visit the Praying for Boys Website here.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble,, Deeper Shopping or Books-A-Million.

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.