“Praying For Boys” Q+A with Brooke, and a Giveaway!
We talk about integrity a lot at our house.
The definition we use is simply this: doing the right thing even when nobody is looking. We try to show our boys examples of this in our own lives, and we exhort them to do the same. We use every opportunity to teach them to be men of integrity, honor, and faith.
If you’re anything like me, you dream of your son becoming a mighty man of God – a man of integrity, a man of principle, a man who loves Jesus. You dare to hope that when the day of temptation comes, he will stand strong and fight for the Truth.
~Brooke McGlothlin, Praying for Boys: Asking God For the Things They Need Most
It’s our greatest hope that they will one day be teaching these same lessons to their own sons and daughters, and living them out in their everday lives.
My friend and editor over at Raising Boys Media, Brooke McGlothlin, has just published a wonderful new resource for moms and dads (and grandparents, and aunts and uncles, you get the idea) who are raising boys.
Twenty-one chapters on character qualities you want your sons to have – Wisdom, Honor, Purity, Integrity, and the Fruits of the Spirit. There are also resources in the back for leading a group study in your church or community or online. Twenty-one chapters full of Brooke’s personal, heart-felt boy-mom life and love, scripture passages to pray over your sons, and additional questions for personal reflection or discussion.
If there is a boy under the age of 20 (40, 50? Any boy!) in your life, you need this book. If you know of a boy-mom to be, SHE needs this book!
Now’s your chance! Enter to win a copy of of Praying for Boys!
Or, if you’re in a hurry, buy it in hard copy or for Kindle.
Brooke kindly took the time to answer a few questions about this book:
What led you to write your bookPraying For Boys?
My husband and I have two boys who were born just 23 months apart. I probably don’t need to say much more than that, do I?? That’s enough to keep any mama on her knees! Actually, I’ve done a lot of hard things that I’m very proud of in my life, but raising my boys ranks up there as THE hardest thing I’ve ever done. In the book, I talk about how I asked God to give me boys, and that’s true, but the reality of the day to day mothering of what I like to refer to as “those boys,” (you know, the ones who are 250% boy?) often leaves me completely worn out. I realized early on in our parenting journey that I had no power to change their hearts. And while everything in me wanted to be able to snap my fingers and produce good, godly men, the Bible just doesn’t give us that parenting formula. So in an effort to just do something, I started praying verses from the Bible for my sons…verses based on things I wanted to see the Lord develop in their hearts. It was my way of crying out to God to change them, but it ended up changing me, too. After a year or so of doing that, and of constantly hearing from moms on the MOB Society, my blog for mothers of boys, who wanted to raise godly men, but felt like they were losing the battle, I decided to create a resource that helped them learn how to pray for their sons. It seemed a simple answer to me at the time, but the longer I encourage moms to pray the more convinced I become that prayer is the most overlooked part of raising godly men.
What do you most hope the readers of Praying For Boys gain from experiencing the book?
I wrote Praying for Boys because I truly believe we can change the world if we pray for our sons. My greatest hope for moms who read it is to inspire them to trust God with their boys, get into His Word and find out what it has to say about raising boys, and inspire a generation of moms to get on their knees, partnering with God for the hearts of their sons.
Did you write your book just for moms or can dads and grandparents use it as well?
Praying for Boys is filled with real life examples of a mom raising two boys, but my husband and father find their way into the stories several times, so there’s a distinct male flavor there too. Really, when it comes right down to it, our boys just need someone covering them in prayer, and asking for God’s best in their lives. The 200 + scriptural prayers in the book can be prayed by anyone who wants to stand in the gap this way for boys.
Brooke McGlothlin is Co-founder of Raising Boys Media, where moms and dads come to discover delight in the chaos of raising boys. You can find her writing about fighting for the hearts of her sons at the MOB Society blog, or living a life in pursuit of Jesus at her personal blog www.brookemcglothlin.com. A normal day finds Brooke homeschooling her two boys, wrangling two large Labs, Toby and Siri, writing to bring hope to the messes of life (in the midst of her own messy life), and falling more and more in love with the man she’s had a crush on since the third grade (who just happens to be her husband).
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