I was blessed with having the opportunity to review a new book from Bethany House Publishers – My Heart, Ever His: Prayers for Women by Barbara Rainey. It is a gorgeous hardcover book of 176 pages and includes a ribbon to mark your place within the book. There are forty prayers written by Barbara Rainey that you will probably want to read and then reread (I know I have read some of them several times because I didn't want to miss one ounce of the beauty of the prayer).
What Will You Find in My Heart, Ever His?
"In My Heart, Ever His, Barbara Rainey shares 40 prayers that invite women to bravely and authentically talk to God in the same ways the psalmists did thousands of years ago." Among the 40 prayers, the following are a few of the topics touched upon: resting, husbands and marriage, comparing oneself to others, and children. Some of the prayers are short - only two pages - while others are longer - about four pages. And a few of the prayers are accompanied by explanations and reflections by Rainey.
Just like King David reflected upon difficult topics in the Psalms, Rainey does not shy away from topics that we may wish to ignore ourselves. For example, one of her prayers is entitled "Why Me?' And while we all ask this question at times, we may not ask it in terms of why does God want me.
"There is a Prince
One who sees
beauty in me
a beast, a rebel,
In this prayer, Rainey brings in several Bible references: Romans 3:10-12; Psalm 75:1; 1 Corinthians 3:3; Psalm 86:11; 73:26. In this prayer and others, when Rainey references the Bible the text is in a blue-green color with some words italicized.
What Did I Think?
I really enjoyed reading My Heart, Ever His: Prayers for Women. As I was reviewing the book, I read through the book over the course of a week rather than spending forty days or forty weeks to reflect upon each prayer one at a time. I really appreciate the chance to reflect upon so many topics that will bring me closer to God.
I recommend My Heart, Ever His: Prayers for Women to women who are seeking words of wisdom written by a woman. These prayers will be sure to touch the heart of women at different times in their life. I think the book will also make a beautiful gift for a friend, family member, or fellow church member. I could easily see My Heart, Ever His being gifted for your mother, aunt, or your grown daughter.