Book Review: Prayers for Prodigals by James Banks #Prayers #Prodigalson

This is an amazing devotional for those with children who are in trouble, whatever that trouble might be. It is a resting place for parents, who for a few minutes a day can feel the love coming from someone who has been there and knows what you are going through. James Banks has been there with both of his children, and he provides scripture and well thought out daily devotions that encourage, strengthen, and support. For parents who feel all alone and don’t know which way to turn, this is a guide that provides scripture and understanding to help you take on each day.

Having a kid who has lost their way can be very depressing and this is an uplifting guide that is focused when you may feel scattered, helpful when you may feel helpless, and supportive when you are searching for support and understanding. The scriptures you are searching for are all there. Mr. Banks has found them during his journey and shared them with us.

If you are a parent praying for a child or anyone praying for someone in trouble, this is a great resource for daily strength and encouragement.

I received a free copy of this book from Our Daily Bread Publishing via Netgalley. My review is voluntary and my opinions are my own.


“My mother, Ruth Bell Graham, would have loved this book…. Why? Because she loved prodigals. I know–I was one. James Banks certainly captures the hearts of many mothers and fathers who agonize over wayward children. James has shared from the depth of experience the secret of parental prayers for children and reveals the truth for effective prayer: God s Word. I believe if every parent would peruse these pages they would find guidance and comfort in trusting the Lord with their dearest possessions.” –Franklin Graham

As a father and grandfather, I have sometimes searched hard for words to express both gratitude and longing for our young ones. I find James Banks’s words of prayer honest and helpful, and have already shared them with my grown children for their own use!–Leighton Ford, president of Leighton Ford Ministries


Dr. James Banks is the author of Prayers for Prodigals, Prayers for Your Children, Praying the Prayers of the Bible, Praying Together, and Praying with Jesus. Through books, blog posts, and magazine articles, he regularly encourages people to pray. Dr. Banks has been a pastor and church planter for more than twenty-five years and lives in Durham, North Carolina with his wife, Cari.




Self-Published Spotlight: Increase Your Leadership Impact by John Frame

We have our first spotlight! See below for a book description and links to pick up a great Christian self-help book, which is absolutely free right now!


Want to become a better leader?

Increase Your Leadership Impact is a short, easy-to-read book that walks you through simple tips to help you feel closer to God and grow in your ability to lead those around you.

If you’re a Christian professional, leader, pastor, or anyone who loves to serve and inspire others—and you’re willing to start by first improving yourself—this book is for you.

Drawing on life lessons learned while attending Oxford and Harvard, author John Christopher Frame, PhD, shares easy-to-implement strategies to help you develop your leadership capacity.

In this quick read, you’ll discover:

  • What to emphasize to encourage people to follow you
  • How to make tough decisions with more confidence
  • A way to easily complete large tasks so you can fight overwhelm
  • One thing to avoid to come across more professionally
  • How you can tell your story to touch people’s lives

Inspiring prayers and practical action steps make this a power-packed read.

Unlock your potential and grab Increase Your Leadership Impact today!

Click the photo below and get your free ebook on Amazon. (Free as of this posting. Grab your copy while you can.

#BookReview and Giveaway, The Divine Adventure


I decided to give away two copies, so Cathy Westrich and Louise Bélanger are the winners! Cathy and Louise, I will be contacting you by email.


The Divine Adventure: Spiritual Practices for a Modern-Day Disciple contains 12 chapters that will help you get closer to God. The chapters dig deep into embracing God’s Grace, demonstrating Grace to others, adventuring with God, forging hidden strength, giving, fasting, and more. At the end of each chapter are exercises for the reader, entitled Your Turn, which helps you examine your own thoughts and experiences in each area, and Spiritual Practice, which gives the reader a task related to the topic.

This is a very helpful and meaningful guide that shows the reader how to dive deeper into every area of your Christian life. In fact, the chapter on Searching the Scriptures talks about “getting wet,” when it comes to reading the Bible. As the author says, dive into the scriptures instead of just “lounging on the beach,” and the Bible will come alive for you. The chapter on Pilgrimage: The Lost Art of Adventuring With God, really spoke to me because I’ve been a bit of a traveler all my life, mostly for work. The author talks about her own travels and how she would seek to go on an adventure with God, and the people, events, and places He brought into her life a a result. Her travels sound much richer than mine.

There is also chapter on Meekness, which is described a “Forging Hidden Strength.” I need to read that one several times, as I’ve never been known as “meek.” This is obviously the most important chapter in the book for me, and the area I need to work on the most. Meekness is more than just avoiding confrontation. It’s about letting God step in and solve conflicts or problems instead of trying to solve them yourself. The author’s example of this shows how she stepped back from something she very much wanted and ended up getting something better. The chapter on “Fasting” is interesting, as it goes into the history of and different approaches to fasting. There are also chapters on Giving, Worship, Community, and more, and each one is a helpful resource for anyone seeking enhanced relationship with God.

I received two free copies of this book from Baker Books. My review is voluntary and my opinions are my own.


Rebecca Friedlander

In 2004, Rebecca Friedlander moved into a garage apartment, set up her potter’s wheel in a little room below, and started to seek God and pursue art.  Her motivation was simply to have a life completely offered to God, and capture whatever flowed from that space.  Nearly two decades later, she’s still a full- time artist, finding joy in using a variety of artistic mediums to tell stories about God’s love.  

Whether booking a one-way ticket to Ireland to film about Celtic history, shooting makeovers with 50 women around the world to tell stories of transformation and hope, or interviewing Christian music pioneers about their life lessons, Rebecca is passionate about telling stories that bring identity and truth in Christ.  

Rebecca is a published author with Baker House Publishing, and her films have been shown on every major English speaking TV network in the world, including TBN, Day Star, GOD TV, Pure Flix, and more.  Her recent project includes renovating a log home in Texas for spiritual retreats and workshops, and starting a non-profit called The Potter’s House Creative Ministries where she speaks and ministers weekly at the cabin.  ​She has a BA in Creative Christian Arts and a master’s in Celtic Studies.




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