B&H Publishing’s “The Battle Plan for Prayer: From Basic Training to Targeted Strategies” by Stephen and Alex Kendrick is inspired by the “War Room” movie. I was very pleased to when I had the opportunity to read this book and do a review for it. B&H Publishing generously sent me a copy of this book for me to do an honest review. This book is an excellent book that covers the basics of prayer, conditioning, strategies, targets, ammunition and some wonderful resources.
After seeing the War Room movie and realizing the Stephen and Alex wrote this book inspired from the movie, I was very interested in getting my hands on it. It was a very good read and does give a lot of practical ideas on getting a deeper relationship with God through prayer. The Scripture references used throughout this book are plentiful and very inspiring.
I would give this book a 9.8 out of my normal 10 point rating scale. On a “5 star” scale that some websites use, I would give it a 5 star rating.
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“The Battle Plan for Prayer” is a very engaging book to read. The focus of the book is primarily on the importance of prayer in our personal lives as well as corporate church lives. However, the majority of the book deals with prayer in a personal level. The book is done in seven parts with multiple chapters in each part. There are a total of 35 chapters, but the chapters are not long to read. The authors do make the recommendation for their readers to commit to reading one chapter per day (5 days per week) and then reading the Bible each day and also pray every day. The book is written very well to accommodate this approach. I really liked the examples and especially how practical and Biblically based this book is. If you are interested in learning about prayer or how to deepen your relationship with the Lord through prayer, I would HIGHLY recommend this book. The resources in the final part of the book are done exceptionally well also and will be of benefit to me for many years to come. I received a copy of this book in exchange for this review from B&H Publishing and all opinions are my own.
DESCRIPTION OF THIS BOOK:
Type of Book: Spiritual Life
Publisher: B&H Publishing
Publication Date: August 2015
ISBN-13 of Book Reviewed: 978-1433688669
Price: At the time of writing this, you can get new from Amazon.com for $9.66 (suggested retail is $16.99 per the publisher) http://www.amazon.com/Battle-Plan-Prayer-Training-Strategies/dp/1433688662/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1448570685&sr=8-1&keywords=9781433688669
•Patent (perfect/square back) bound
•256 pages (publisher’s site incorrectly shows as 208)
•Dimensions:5.5″ wide x 8.5” high
Goal of Book:
The authors’ goal is to show how we need to understand the importance of prayer and how we can apply it to our lives to see God move and see ourselves grow in a stronger relationship with Him. I feel that the authors did do a very good job in keeping it simple and practical. The book reads at a very good pace – especially with the chapter length which varies between 4 to 7 pages or so. I think the authors did a fantastic job of laying out the need and the manner in which we can be praying and become prayer warriors for God.
My Favorite Part:
I really appreciated how scripturally based this book is as well as how practical it is. It gives wonderful examples and situations showing how to practically apply prayer to our lives to help us grow in Him. VERY well written and extremely helpful.
My Least Favorite Part:
Quite honestly, I’m not sure that I can pinpoint anything that I really didn’t like about this book. If I was to get REALLY picky, I might be able to find something, but I would have to really search through the book to find it.
I would highly recommend this book as a wonderful resource, not just a one-time reading. There is a lot of practical content in this book for any reader.
Who Would Enjoy This Book:
Anyone that desires to understand prayer and how to become more intimate with the Lord through prayer would get a lot out of this book. This would be a good read for pastors, elders or believer that desires to understand prayer more.
Part 1 – Enlistment
Chapter 1 – The Legacy of Prayer
Chapter 2 – The Power of Prayer
Chapter 3 – The Priority of Prayer
Part 2 – Basic Training
Chapter 4 – Why: The Ultimate Purpose of Prayer
Chapter 5 – What Is and Isn’t Prayer
Chapter 6 – What: Types of Prayer
Chapter 7 – What Are God’s Answers to Prayer?
Chapter 8 – When: Scheduled Prayer
Chapter 9 – When: Spontaneous Prayer
Chapter 10 – How: The Postures of Prayer
Chapter 11 – How: The Locks of Prayer
Chapter 12 – How: The Keys of Prayer
Part 3 – Conditioning
Chapter 13 – Vertical: The Cross of Christ
Chapter 14 – Vertical: Repentance Versus Pride
Chapter 15 – Horizontal: Unity Versus. Division
Chapter 16 – Your Heart: Faith Versus Doubt
Chapter 17 – Your Heart: Secret Versus Show
Chapter 18 – Your Heart: Obedience Versus Rebellion
Chapter 19 – Your Heart: Persistence Versus Impatience
Part 4 – Strategies
Chapter 20 – The Word of God
Chapter 21 – The Will of God
Chapter 22 – The “Whatever” From God
Chapter 23 – The Wonder of God’s Names
Chapter 24 – The Wisdom of God
Chapter 25 – The Ways of God’s Spirit
Chapter 26 – Praying Offensively
Chapter 27 – Praying Preemptively
Chapter 28 – Praying Defensively
Chapter 29 – Praying Extraordinarily
Part 5 – Targets
Chapter 30 – Praying for the Lost
Chapter 31 – Praying for Believers
Chapter 32 – Praying for Family
Chapter 33 – Praying for Authorities
Chapter 34 – Praying for Laborers in the Harvest
Chapter 35 – Praying for Churches and Revival
Part 6 – Ammunition
Appendix 1: Rhythms of Prayer
Appendix 2: Spiritual Temperature Test
Appendix 3: The Gospel
Appendix 4: Prayer Strategy Verses
Appendix 5: Spiritual Ammo
Appendix 6: The Names of God
Appendix 7: Starting a Prayer Ministry
Part 7 – Reinforcements
Battle Plan Resources
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