Praying for Your Future Husband: Preparing Your Heart for His

Praying for Your Future Husband: Preparing Your Heart for His

by Robin Jones Gunn, Tricia Goyer

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Overview

Have you ever thought about praying for your future husband?
Will it make a difference?
There's only one way to find out…
 
From when we were small girls, most of us dream of “The One,” our future husband. We think about what it would be like to be a bride. We wonder who that special guy is and when we'll find him. The great news is that what you do now can make a difference in your life and the life of your future husband!
 
Authors and good friends Robin Jones Gunn (Christy Miller series) and Tricia Goyer (author and former teen mom) believe God answers women's prayers for husbands—even husbands they may not meet for years. They invite young women to pray boldly for their future mate … while also asking God to prepare their own hearts.
 
In Praying for Your Future Husband, Robin and Tricia share their two vastly different experiences, including the things they did right and the mistakes they made on the path to meeting and marrying their husbands. Each chapter includes helpful Bible verses, prayers, and practical application, along with true stories of women who prayed for a husband and how God answered in remarkable ways.
 
God has a beautiful romance prepared for you. Prayer is the key to unlocking the love story … with your future husband and with God, the lover of your soul.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781601423481
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/03/2011
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 212,819
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Robin Jones Gunn has written more than 70 books, including the well-loved Christy Miller and Sierra Jensen series, and more than 4 million copies of her books have sold. Robin and her husband have been married for more than 34 years, and they have two grown children.

Tricia Goyer, the author of more than 25 books, has drawn from her experiences as a teen mother and leader of today’s generation to be a voice of hope for women. Tricia has been married for more than twenty years and is the mother of four children.

Read an Excerpt

An Extraordinary Mystery

Robin:
Sometimes, when an idea just won’t go away, you need to pay attention to how God is nudging you. That’s what happened with this book.

Tricia and I have been friends for almost two decades, and both of us are writers. But our life stories as well as our love stories are radically different. Beyond writing, we do have one interesting commonality: both of us prayed for our future husbands when we were teens. But how did that add up to our writing a book together? Three incidents convinced us we should…

The first moment of inspiration fell on me with a weighty sense of urgency one bright November afternoon. I was in Brazil, standing in front of three hundred teen girls in a school cafeteria. My Christy Miller and Sierra Jensen novels for teens have been translated into Portuguese, and the teachers at this school use the books as part of their curriculum. That meant all the girls had read the books. When my husband and I entered the cafeteria, the girls greeted us with a wave of screams as if we were the real Christy and Todd all grown up and visiting them in Brazil.

To quiet down the screaming girls, I asked the translator to invite them to ask questions. One of the girls raised her hand and popped up from her seat. In Portuguese she asked me what she and her friends should do since the boys in Brazil weren’t reading my books.

“What do you mean?” I asked.

She spoke passionately as the translator beside me explained.

“She says that, after reading your books, she and her friends are making good decisions. They’ve given their lives to Christ and now want to stay pure and save themselves for their future husbands. But, you see, the boys of Brazil are not reading these books. They are not making these same decisions. She wants to know what can be done about that.”

My heart pounded. Every face in that cafeteria was fixed on me, waiting for an answer. The young woman had just identified a global problem for our present generation of Christian women. I had heard this frustration voiced many times in letters and e-mails I had received from readers over the years. But no one had ever asked me what could be done to change this dilemma of an unbalanced ratio 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 can start praying for your future husband now.”

The translator gave her my answer, and a reverent hush fell over the room. Before me was a troop of willing but untrained young women ready to enter the warzone to fight for the young men. But how?

I wished then that I had something more to offer those girls. It’s one thing to tell them to pray and another thing to come alongside and show them what that looks like. If only, I thought, a book existed. I wished one of my nonfiction writer friends would hurry up and write it. None of them seemed to have a passion for such a book.

The second defining moment came two years later. Tricia and I were at a writers’ retreat in California. During the afternoon break, we headed out to the pool. I settled in a lounge chair and wrote notes in my journal for a novel I was working on. Tricia succumbed to the luxurious autumn sunshine and floated off into a deep sleep.

Suddenly she woke up, turned to me, and said, “What?” as if I’d been talking to her while she slept.

I looked at her and spoke an unpremeditated thought. “Tricia, we need to write a book together.”

“Okay.” She didn’t even blink before sinking back into her afternoon lull. A moment later her head rose again. “What are we supposed to write about?”

“I have no idea.”

The gentle notion flitted past me as softly as it had fallen on Tricia. We caught the little inspiration the way an artist would reach for a floating feather or a child would bend to pick up a pale blue pebble and tuck it in a pocket.

Over the next year or so we periodically pulled the small inspiration out of our pockets and talked about what we should write. We had lots of ideas, as all creative people do. But the affirmation and direction wasn’t there. So we waited, and we prayed…

The third moment of inspiration came with such defining clarity we knew what the book was to be about.

Tricia and I were in Montana, preparing to speak at a women’s retreat. The night before the retreat we sneaked off to a lodge for some last-minute planning. I entered the lodge first while Tricia parked the car in the snow. A darling little strawberry blond toddler trotted over to me, put up his arms, and allowed me to scoop him up. His surprised young mom told me his name was Toby, he was eighteen months old, and he was usually not that friendly with strangers. Toby patted my face.

Tricia entered, and Toby’s mother froze. She stared at Tricia and in a shaking voice said, “It’s you! You’re the one who spoke at the luncheon two years ago.”

Tricia spoke often at events for teenage girls and women in Montana, so I doubted she would remember this particular young woman from a luncheon two years ago. The mom said, “Do you remember that you talked about being a teen mom and that you prayed God would send you a Christian husband?”

Tricia nodded.

“I did the same thing. I prayed and…” She leaned in closer. “I don’t know if you remember my telling you this after the luncheon, but I had just found out I was pregnant.”

I remember,” Tricia said.
 
“I was scheduled for an abortion just a few days later.” The young woman gazed at Toby cuddled up in my arms. “But after I heard your story and what you said about how God answered your prayers, I cancelled the appointment for the abortion, and I prayed for a husband, just like you did.”

Her smile widened, and tears formed in her eyes as she told Tricia, “I always wanted to see you again so I could tell you that God answered my prayers. He brought an amazing Christian guy into my life. He loves me, and he loves my son. We’ve been married for almost a year. When I think about what my life would be like right now if I hadn’t heard your story and did what you said…”

By then we were all hugging and crying and hugging some more. Toby climbed into Tricia’s arms and received her cuddles and kisses. We couldn’t stop crying. It was such a beautiful moment. The room seemed full of light and hope.

After Toby and his mama went their way, Tricia and I sat together in stunned silence. We both knew this was it—this was the theme of the book we needed to write together: praying for your future husband. We also knew we were the two unlikely novelists being invited to pour our hearts into this project. And so we did.

As we wrote, what tumbled from our hearts surprised us. We didn’t compose a handbook on techniques or formula for effective prayer. Through the ages many wonderful such books have been written. Instead, what we saw forming, as we met together to pray and write, was a book anchored with true stories about what happens when women pray for their future husbands and the ways God answers those prayers.

Both of us agreed to tell our own stories on these pages. This took some courage. Dozens of other women gave us permission to tell portions of their stories as well—how they prayed, how God chose to answer, and how their lives changed in the process. This took courage for them as well. We pulled from our Bibles and journals favorite scriptures and excerpts. These quotes worked perfectly to lace the chapters together.

As the book took shape, we discovered that prayer is an extraordinary mystery.

This sacred privilege of communicating with our Heavenly Father is more than a cozy, open invitation to come to Him anytime, anywhere. Even though His ears are open to the cries of His children 24/7, prayer is more than that. Prayer is also an act of obedience. We are exhorted to pray for others and to pray without ceasing.

Neither Tricia nor I pretend to have prayer all figured out. What we do know is that God hears. He sees. He knows us. He cares more than we can ever comprehend. And most important of all, God answers prayer.

Perhaps you’ve noticed that oftentimes the way God answers prayers isn’t what we expect. We look back years later and see that what God did was oh so much better than what we first envisioned when we sent our heartfelt requests heavenward. He created us, and He desires the best for us. God always gives His best to those who leave the outcomes with Him.

Another, even more amazing mystery is that when we pray for someone else, we change. All of us were made both to give love and to receive love. When your heart connects through prayer to the One who is the source of true love, you’ll find that praying for your future husband will wondrously result in your heart being changed. And when your heart is changed, your life is transformed.

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…

Table of Contents

1 An Extraordinary Mystery 1

2 Pray for His Heart 9

3 Pray He Will Be a God Lover 27

4 Pray for Patience 39

5 Pray for Understanding 55

6 Pray for Trust 69

7 Pray for Loyalty and Faithfulness 87

8 Pray for Strength 103

9 Pray for Protection 117

10 Pray for Intimacy 133

11 Pray for "The List" 149

12 Pray for Contentment 165

13 Pray for Commitment 179

A Closing Thought from Robin and Tricia 191

Scriptures to Pray for Your Future Husband 197

Acknowledgments 209

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collegestudentforlife More than 1 year ago
I'm at a weird place in my life where my friends are all getting married, or if they've been married for a while, they're having kids. This is hard for me because I never really imagined I'd be almost 30 without a husband and/or children. Now, I'm not saying this is a bad thing, not at all. I am just not exactly living the life I had predicted for myself as a teenager. This book was probably written with a younger target audience in mind, anywhere from high school to mid-20s, but as someone very close to 30, I thought much of this book spoke to me as well. Which is great, because sometimes it's a bummer being the only friend in a medium-sized group who is single. I appreciated that even though the focus of this book is on preparing one's heart for a future spouse/marriage, I wasn't made to feel like that praying for my future husband was the only way I should find value in myself. Gunn and Goyer make me feel like this is just one aspect of my life, not the only part of the most important part. What I really liked were the end questions at the end of each chapter. It's so easy to read a book about prayer and forget it as soon as you're done, so having these very real and practical questions and the end helped me focus on what I was learning and how I could apply it to my own life. For that reason, I only let myself read one chapter a day because reading more at once would have defeated the purpose of going slow enough to really apply what I was reading to my own life. I highly recommend this book for anyone who isn't married but desires to be someday. It's a great way to focus on finding a spouse who is more than just someone who fills a temporary need. This book would make a great study for a single's group or for a girl's group. Rating: 9/10 I received this book for free in return for a review from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishers' Blogging for Books. I was not asked to make a positive review, only an honest one.
jsslx More than 1 year ago
I became a Christian when I was in seventh grade. I was alone, in my bedroom, reading a book called Summer Promise by Robin Jones Gunn. I grew in my faith as I read the subsequent books in the Christy Miller series and even prayed for my future husband (he's awesome, by the way) as Christy did. With all of that said, I really enjoyed reading Robin Jones Gunn & Tricia Goyer's Praying for your Future Husband. It is geared at teenage girls, and they definitely hit their mark. Through personal storytelling, shared stories from readers, prayers for the reader and her future husband, and insightful questions, the authors guide the reader to see the value in prayer, and especially prayer for their future husband. Their writing does not talk down to the teenagers; instead, it felt respectful and encouraging. As always, Robin Jones Gunn does not disappoint! Thank you, WaterBrook Multnomah, for a great book that I would feel confident giving to a teenage girl seeking guidance. I received this book for frizzle in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do you ever dream about "the one"? Do you ever survey the mind-blowing divorce rates and fear for your own (current or future) marriage? Fear or hope or both or neither, this book is for you. Yes, it is geared more toward single young women, primarily teens, but the principles and insights are useful for any age. Robin and Tricia have very different stories - one, a "good girl" who thought she'd found her prince, the other, a teenaged mom who thought all romance was lost to her. It is precisely the differences that make this book so impactful and relatable. No matter who you are, where you are, or what you have done, there is something is this book you can relate to and much you can learn. Robin and Tricia are funny, real, kind, genuine, and insightful as they share their own stories and those of other girls they've met. Rich with quotes, verses, helpful questions, beautiful prayers, abd even pretty graphics, this book is a treat in every respect. Each chapter deals with a different attribute to pray for - understanding, contentment, or being a God lover, for example - and shows how that specific quality impacted their stories and why it's so important. I loved how specific and practical it was, for it is so vague and overwheming to be told, "Pray for your future husband!" This book shows you what to pray for and why. I loved the gorgeous, helpful prayers at the end of each chapter, as well as the "pick ten important qualities" list. Overall, this was a well-done, life-changing book every girl should read as she looks forward to (or even straight at) marriage.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not realize this book was geared towards teen girls. I guess I was hoping for something a little more insightful for a mid 20's early 30's point of view. Great message though! I love anything Robin writes about. Definitely going to have my younger sister read this.
Paula77 More than 1 year ago
This book made me truly think about what I should pray about my future husband. Being 17, I have found few resources with this kind of focus and inspiration. The two-sided stories/two perspectives on everything from the two authors enhanced my study of this book. I liked having both authors' stories and examples. I would recommend this to other teenage girls. Shelly Mowery
The_Paperback_Pursuer More than 1 year ago
"God has a beautiful romance prepared for you. Prayer is the key to unlocking the love story ¿ with your future husband and with God, the lover of your soul." Description: Praying for Your Future Husband- Preparing Your Heart for His is a book for Christian females, (teens and older), containing stories about finding "The One", and the struggles we sometimes face along the way. Besides stories, there are patches of scripture throughout, and many opportunities to write down thoughts and reflections; there are also discussion questions and exercises included. Review: Honestly, I had never pondered about praying for my future significant other. First thoughts: How does that work? and, Would it really make a difference? Well, after reading through 13 chapters and 207 pages of stories and scripture-filled prayer ideas, I have to say, I actually get it. The way this book is set up, it does an amazing job answering the why's and how's. Subjects include praying for: his heart, a God lover, patience, understanding, trust, loyalty and faithfulness, strength, protection, intimacy, "the List", contentment, and commitment. I also really liked how they included a section of scriptures to be used in prayer, and a section in each chapter for reflection and feelings on specific topics of discussion. The authors, Robin Jones Gunn and Tricia Goyer write great books, so I had a feeling that this collaboration would also produce a noteworthy book, even if I didn't originally get the why's, and it is just that. Full of wisdom, hope, inspiration, and encouragement, Praying for Your Future Husband is a must-read for anyone who has ever thought about having a husband or being a wife. I believe that it would also benefit men to read this book, or maybe a couple authors should write a more male-based "Praying for Your Future Wife..." book. Thanks for renewing my outlook on the future, your experiences have, and will continue to influence your readers. Rating: On the Run (4.5/5) *** I received this book from WaterBrook Multnomah (Blogging For Books) in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
littlemisskrisKK More than 1 year ago
Praying For Your Future Husband by Robin Jones Gunn and Tricia Goyer was such an inspiring book. It's filled with heartfelt stories from their personal lives, lives of readers who have written to them over the years, and lives of people they know. Reading each chapter is a learning experience...teaching you different areas for which not only do our future husbands need prayer, but we do as well. And as you pray for your future spouse, you find yourself changing for the better. It has scriptures and prayers and plenty of room for adding your own little notes. There are even review questions at the end of each chapter that help you to delve into the subject more deeply. This book challenges you to think and pray and to actively be an avid warrior for your future husband. Definitely worth reading.
Allizabeth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"God has a beautiful romance prepared for you. Prayer is the key to unlocking the love story ¿ with your future husband and with God, the lover of your soul."Description: Praying for Your Future Husband- Preparing Your Heart for His is a book for Christian females, (teens and older), containing stories about finding "The One", and the struggles we sometimes face along the way. Besides stories, there are patches of scripture throughout, and many opportunities to write down thoughts and reflections; there are also discussion questions and exercises included.Review: Honestly, I had never pondered about praying for my future significant other. First thoughts: How does that work? and, Would it really make a difference? Well, after reading through 13 chapters and 207 pages of stories and scripture-filled prayer ideas, I have to say, I actually get it. The way this book is set up, it does an amazing job answering the why's and how's. Subjects include praying for: his heart, a God lover, patience, understanding, trust, loyalty and faithfulness, strength, protection, intimacy, "the List", contentment, and commitment. I also really liked how they included a section of scriptures to be used in prayer, and a section in each chapter for reflection and feelings on specific topics of discussion. The authors, Robin Jones Gunn and Tricia Goyer write great books, so I had a feeling that this collaboration would also produce a noteworthy book, even if I didn't originally get the why's, and it is just that. Full of wisdom, hope, inspiration, and encouragement, Praying for Your Future Husband is a must-read for anyone who has ever thought about having a husband or being a wife. I believe that it would also benefit men to read this book, or maybe a couple authors should write a more male-based "Praying for Your Future Wife..." book. Thanks for renewing my outlook on the future, your experiences have, and will continue to influence your readers.Rating: On the Run (4.5/5)*** I received this book from WaterBrook Multnomah (Blogging For Books) in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
Organicshoes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Every girl needs to read this book! Robin Jones Gunn and Tricia Goyer have crafted an instructional guide on how to pray for your future husband! This book is not about finding your husband but preparing your heart, and praying for his.Praying for Your Future Husband is filled with insights from the authors and stories of women who prayed for their future husband. The chapters are broken down into topics ranging from protection, strength, understanding, to loyalty and faithfulness. Each chapter shows examples of these and breaks down ways to pray about that topic concerning your future husband as well as concerning yourself.The authors have put together a narrative of their very different lives of seeking and praying for where God is leading them to. This book is an insightful journey on how to pray for your future husband and yourself!I received this book complimentary from WaterBrook Multnomah through there Blogging for Books program in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed in this review are all my own.
jenniferbogart on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First, I must say that I¿m not a single woman who is waiting for her future husband. I¿ve been married for almost ten years now, but I am the mother of four little girls so far, and we¿ve already started praying for their future husbands.Praying for Your Future Husband is written by two Christian novelists who not only have hearts for God, but who share their own experiences waiting and praying for their husbands AND as mothers of children who have waited and prayed for spouses of their own. Along with the testimonies of these two families there are also stories of God¿s goodness in answering the faithful prayers of waiting young women who prayed for their unknown husbands with bold determination. I have to admit that I cried¿several times as I read these beautiful, God-redeemed accounts from the heart.Broken into thirteen chapters that focus in upon one specific topic and area of growth to pray for, Tricia Goyer and Robin Jones Gunn share their own stories alongside specific ways to pray for both a future husband AND for the personal character development of the young woman who is praying. Using this double-pronged approach the authors gently encourage women to grow in the ways that they hope their own future spouses will be growing as they both prepare and wait for marriage.Goyer and Gunn have very different stories that led to their marriage to the men God had for them, both are honest and transparent about where they fell short as young women, and how God led them through difficult times while they were waiting for The One. Goyer in particular has a heart for young women who have made mistakes and given away parts of themselves before finding their future husband. She shares honestly (but not graphically) about her own abortion, out-of-wedlock child, and the Godly man who came to love them both. I am so thankful for Goyer¿s truthful sharing and ministry to young women. The hope that she has to offer women who have made mistakes and now want to commit their ways to the Lord is priceless.The authors have a strong, Godly emphasis upon purity, patience, putting God¿s will first, being content during waiting, and many other topics. They start from the foundational issues ¿ praying that the future husband will come to know God, to seek after Him, to love Him, and then moving into other areas that build upon the foundation of knowing and loving God.The chapters focus on: his heart, being a God Lover, patience, understanding, trust, loyalty and faithfulness, strength, protection, intimacy, ¿The List¿ (which by the way is much more about character than it is about external details), contentment and commitment. A list of 52 specific scriptures (one for each week) is also provided for young women who seek to pray the Word of God for their future husband.We are a courtship-minded family, and though the authors speak in terms of dating, they do strongly encourage young men and women to save everything for their future spouse. I have been so blessed by reading this book, and I highly, highly recommend you obtain a copy. If you have a daughter it isn¿t too early to get this book and start praying for her future spouse today. If your is in her teens, this is an excellent book to read together as your family joins in praying together for the one who will some day become your child¿s life mate.Reviewed at quiverfullfamily.com
NCRainstorm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Praying for Your Future Husband Preparing Your Heart for His by Robin Jones Gunn and Tricia Goyer is a book for young Christian women. It's exactly what the title says, a sort of guidebook for praying for your future husband, yourself, and your future relationship. The book has questions at the end of every chapter for more in depth thinking on each subject. Also, it has scriptures at the end relating to it all.First off, I absolutely adore the cover. Yes, I can be swayed by a book cover. This one with the clouds and fields, I can just feel a warm spring breeze passing through!The authors have a good subject here, I think. It is important to pray for everything in life, and especially something as important as your future husband. They take turns relating their own life experiences with men. They are completely, even sometimes painfully, honest about the choices they made.I liked the book, although I do wish they had written it for women of all ages. Not being a young woman anymore, some of the advice didn't quite mesh for me. But there are things to learn from it about prayer and trusting God that are good for all ages!*Disclaimer: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. I was not required to submit a positive review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is sooo good! I am 16 and recommend that evey teen girl read this book!!!!
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asyl2012 More than 1 year ago
In Praying For Your Future Husband, Robin Gunn and Tricia Goyer give Biblical principles on prayer, and not just your ordinary prayer, a prayer for your future husband. Every girl dreams of one day marrying there very own ¿prince charming,¿ but what about all that time before marriage. Our days should be filled with prayer not only for him to be the right person for her sake, but also that she be the right person for him. Robin and Tricia give many of there own personal stories to help us better understand the power of prayer, and how it was exhibited in there lives. Different people with different stories, but the same all-mighty, all-knowing Godanswering the prayers of His children. This book takes topics such as commitment, God-lover, and others that we should be praying daily for our future husband that he would have these characteristics, but also that we would develop them as well. I would recommend this book to any lady single, young, or married, and not so young. This book can help point out areas that need improvement in your life as well as take on a new aspect of prayer, a prayer for your future.
Novel_Teen_Book_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Review by Jill Williamson In this book for girls and young women, Robin Jones Gunn and Tricia Goyer tell their stories of love. They talk about how most girls dream of meeting "The One" and how many of us get sidetracked along the way and sometimes create nothing but heartbreak for ourselves. The book is cleverly divided into chapters of what to pray for you and your future husband, which also telling personal stories from Robin, Tricia, other girls, and some boys as well. I enjoyed reading the testimonies of girls who had prayed for their future husbands and how those prayers had been answered, sometimes very specifically. How I wish I could go back to my own high school years and have found this book in my house. What a difference it would have made in shaping my hopes and dreams. I highly recommend this book for any girl/woman who is has started dating or who is thinking about it. Mothers could read it with their daughters. And youth pastors or their wives could read it with their teen girls. Prayer is powerful.
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BabyGirlJ More than 1 year ago
Have you ever thought about praying for your future husband? Will it make a difference? There's only one way to find out. From when we were small girls, most of us dream of "The One," our future husband. We think about what it would be like to be a bride. We wonder who that special guy is and when we'll find him. The great news is that what you do now can make a difference in your life and the life of your future husband! Authors and good friends Robin Jones Gunn (Christy Miller series) and Tricia Goyer (author and former teen mom) believe God answers women's prayers for husbands-even husbands they may not meet for years. They invite young women to pray boldly for their future mate . while also asking God to prepare their own hearts. In Praying for Your Future Husband, Robin and Tricia share their two vastly different experiences, including the things they did right and the mistakes they made on the path to meeting and marrying their husbands. Each chapter includes helpful Bible verses, prayers, and practical application, along with true stories of women who prayed for a husband and how God answered in remarkable ways. God has a beautiful romance prepared for you. Prayer is the key to unlocking the love story . with your future husband and with God, the lover of your soul.(book blurb) This book was pretty easy to read. It's written like a letter or conversation from the authors to the reader. It covers a lot of different topics, and is also pretty thought-provoking. Each chapter covers a different aspect of praying for your future husband-his salvation, his faith, his protection, etc.-as well as how to also pray for yourself about the same things. Some of them were things I'd never really thought about praying for (such as his protection and contentment-stuff that's crossed my mind but never really "clicked"). The authors share their experiences with dating, crushes, and boys, and there are notes at the end of each chapter from other ladies on the same topics. (This is written more in more of a "dating" view than courtship.) There are also places to write down your thoughts, sort of like a mini-diary entry. Every chapter introduces new questions about praying for you future husband, about how you are preparing yourself for him; also the authors include a lot of Scripture references to look up. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. If you liked I Kissed Dating Goodbye, this might be one you want to check out. * There is mention of an abortion in some chapters (not graphic or detailed). One chapter is about saving sex for marriage, but it's really short and doesn't get very detailed or anything. I'd say it's appropriate for girls 12 or older. * I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah's Blogging for Books program in exchange for an honest review.
ElaineDalton More than 1 year ago
Title: Praying for Your Future Husband. Author: Robin Jones Gunn and Tricia Goyer. Genre: Christian, Nonfiction, Prayer. Plot: Prayer is powerful; it's the most powerful weapon available to Christians across the world. And the best part? It's effective. Every day is a spiritual battle and one of the spiritual battles every unmarried woman engages in is for her future husband. So, how do we do that? In their book Mrs. Gunn and Mrs. Goyer provide us with an outline, a set of guidelines, some helpful tips, and a few inspiring true life accounts, including their own. Laid out in thirteen easy to comprehend chapters that cover praying your future husband will be a God Lover to praying for his heart, for patience, understanding {coupled with forgiveness}, trust, loyalty and faithfulness, strength, protection {this is important as it pertains to the spiritual battles I mentioned earlier: Satan will do everything in his power to break down and take out a strong Christian man in any and every way possible}, intimacy, the List {yeah, you know what I'm talking about}, contentment, and commitment. The authors also include a list of fifty-two additional verses to pray for your future husband at the end of the book, and encourage the reader not to stop there but to write their own prayers, whatever God puts on their hearts. The authors' own personal stories, particularly Mrs. Goyer's, are moving, inspiring and encouraging as we watch them search for the right man while drawing closer to God through the ups and downs of life. Likes/Dislikes: This is a really good book. I highly recommend that every teenage or young adult unmarried woman read it. About the only thing I really didn't like was that the authors kept switching between all these false modern translations of the Bible including NIV, MSG, NLT, CEV, GW, NASB, RSV, AMP, and NCV. My family and I believe that the KJV or NKJV are the only true, trustworthy versions of the Bible. I recommend that you read the verses in the translation with which you are most familiar and comfortable with. Rating: PG-14 and up. Girls only. Highly recommended! Date Report Written: June 11, 2011. This book was provided free by the publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in the above review are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! Opens up a lot of discussion for how one goes about praying for her future husband, and in turn how prayer can change the girl praying for the better. Each chapter followed a well planed layout: discuss the topic, tell a portion of the two authors own love stories in reference to the topic at hand, share a few more real life stories shared by women and how prayer played a part in their love stories, bring it all around at the end summing up the chapter, and then closing with two prayers that the reader can pray, one about her future husband, and one for the reader to pray for herself, asking God to not only develop the qualities she was praying for in her husband to be, whoever he is, but that He would also give her opportunities to grow in those same characteristics. I know that many girls scoff at the "ploys" that seem to be rampart in our society to "get a guy". I've heard girls complain that so many girls think that if they start doing things like praying for their future husband, that God would suddenly make him appear. What I liked about this book, however, was that the authors did a fine job of showing the power of prayer, and how prayer for a future husband not only benefits the man in question (as told in many amazing stories in the book where women got the feeling to pray specific things for their future husbands on the very day the men needed it most!) but prayer also greatly benefits the one praying, and develops a deeper, more personal relationship with God! This is a great book for any girl who is in that place of discouragement because she longs to find her "one" but is clueless as to what she can do about it. There is power in prayer!
rainbowsoffaith More than 1 year ago
This slim little volume packs a punch of depth, conviction and beauty. I was a bit over the hill when the book I Kissed Dating Goodbye by Josh Harris came out. This book is a bit similar, but I think much more of a friendly read then the latter. Two friends and fellow authors Robin and Tricia share how their lives changed when they started praying for their future spouses. Neither of these women had pristine dating histories when they began praying, but God answered their prayers in more magical ways then they could have comprehended. Along side their personal stories they offer Bible verses to meditate on with other women's stories of how praying for their own future spouses changed their lives. Topics they cover range from patience, strength, commitment, faith, purity, faithfulness, and many others. I would recommend this book. It is written in love and convicts, educates and shows that God is in control no matter what. I received my free copy of Praying For Your Future Husband by Robin Jones Gunn and Tricia Goyer from Waterbrook/Multnomah Press for the strict purposes of posting a review. This is via their Blogging for Books program and my review is solely mine.
BethRBR More than 1 year ago
Praying for Your Future Husband: Preparing Your Heart for His is a book I wish I would have had as a teen and in my single young adult life. I believe it would have given me some direction and purpose while I was waiting for my future husband. There are so many great elements to this book. The chapters are organized by prayers for different areas of the future husband's life, but also spend time in focus on the girl/woman too. A few titles include "Pray for His Heart," "Pray for Patience," and "Pray for Trust." Authors Gunn and Goyer also share their journey towards marriage with some of their choices AND mistakes along the way. We also get to hear from other women, and their stories as it relates to their future husband. I really enjoyed this book. I am already married, but there are many scriptures and prayers that will be useful to me too. Prayer should be a lifelong endeavor to strengthen and help the marriage grow, as I am sure both authors will tell you. I highly recommend this book for teens. It will help them focus and give them a tool for direction and guidance as they endeavor to fulfill God's plan for their life as they wait for their future husband. But teens are not only the ones that will benefit. Young single adult women will also benefit exceedingly. I know there are many women out there of "non-traditional" age who would like to get married. I was one of them. This book will be helpful and bless them as well. There is a chapter entitled "Pray for Contentment" that will help retain focus until the time of meeting the future husband. Additionally, this book would make a great Bible study on the subject of singleness and marriage. This book is not for perfect women, who have made no mistakes. This book is for young ladies who want to follow God and receive His best for them. Many blessings to you on the beautiful journey God has for you and happy reading! Beth Jeremiah 29:11 Disclaimer: I received this book as part of a program for free books for bloggers from Waterbrook Multnomah. I was not required to give a favorable review. The opinions given here are entirely my own.