Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Fervent by Priscilla Shirer

Fervent:  A Woman's Battle Plan for Serious, Specific, and Strategic Prayer by Priscilla Shirer is part of a family of books that has come out in conjunction with the movie War Room.  Family is a great way to describe this grouping of books because each seems to be aimed at a different age or gender.  This one is aimed at adult women.

If you've been reading my reviews for any length of time, you know that I DETEST the Christian publishing practice of publishing books supposedly "for women" that has nothing gender specific in them.  This is one of them.  On one hand, I love this book.  It is well written and organized according to different way Satan likes to attack us and how to battle those schemes with prayer.  I also love the tear out prayer cards in the back of the book.  This would be a great book for a small group to use together or for one to work through alone.

Based on the title, though, this book is not what it lives up to be.  There is nothing female specific in it.  If you are looking for something that really explores the unique experience of women, this book isn't it.  This idiotic insistence on making it a book for "women" hurts both male and female Christians.  Men will miss out on this incredible look at Satan's schemes and miss all the wisdom of this book.  Women will miss out on a book that addresses any specifically female aspects of prayer (if there are any).  It will further separate the genders, continue to divide the church, and essentially lies to anyone shopping for this book.  And why is the Kendrick name associated with all the other books released with the movie and not this one?

Yay Prescilla Shirer for making a wonderfully written and insightful book!  Boo B&H for deceitful and non-Christlike marketing nonsense!  Hopefully at some point Ms. Shirer can free herself of this nonsense and reprint it as the book it deserves to be.  I want to recommend this book to all Christians, but feel torn because I feel like publishers need to get a clue and quit pulling this divisive crap on the Church.

I was provided this book free of charge from B&H Publishing Group in return for my honest opinion.

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