Praying for Your Future Husband, Preparing Your Heart for His by Robin Jones Gunn and Tricia Goyer. This book was published by Multnomah and provided to me by Waterbrook Multnomah for a review.
“…no one had ever asked me what could be done to change this dilemma of an unbalanced between god-honoring young women and their male contemporaries who were slow to seek God. What could I tell her?
The words that came out of my heart were, “You have work to do, dear God-Lover Girls. You must start praying for your future husband now.”
“What sort of changes will God bring about in the life of your future husband as a result of your praying for him now? We don’t know.”
“As you pray for him, what sort of changes will God initiate in your heart? We don’t know that either.”
“but we do know there’s only one way to find out.”
This book reads as a conversation between the reader, the authors and other women whose stories are told in part. Each chapter covers a topic over which the reader is invited to pray for her future husband. There is a Scripture passage to introduce the chapter and Robin and Tricia each share what is on her heart or a piece of her own story. There are scripted prayers to help the reader begin to form her own prayers and encouragement to look inside her own heart, The book is like a journal, with places to write the reader’s own thoughts and discussion questions.
The topics covered in this book are:Pray for His Heart
Pray He Will Be a God Lover
For Loyalty and Faithfulness
For “The List”
There are closing thoughts from Robin and Tricia as well as Scriptures to pray for the reader’s future husband.
This book could be a useful tool in disciplining young adult women. There is discussion of painful mistakes, regrets in relationships so I only recommend this book for high school and older young women. It is my hope that girls can hold onto their innocence and not have idea planted to early into their minds, and this book does discuss a slightly more mature content than preteen and early teen girls might think about.
The authors appear to have a real desire to encourage young women to allow God the timing and purposes in their lives that lead up to marriage, to pray over their future husbands and to prepare their own hearts. The younger generations need this kind of encouragement, mentorship and love.