For this review, we received the book The Pray-ers / Book 1 Troubles - a 372-page, paperback book.
Ballerina loves when we receive a book to review. She takes it from me as soon as it comes in the mail, heads to her bedroom, and settles in to read. Once she's done, she brings it back to me so that I can have my turn to read it. This is probably for the best because she can finish a book so much faster than I can, and if I had the book first, she might never get her chance.
About the Book:
The Pray-ers / Book 1 Troubles by Mark Mirza is a fiction book, but it contains a strong spiritual message about the power of prayer. Set over 3 historical time periods - First Century Colassae, 19th Century South-Eastern United States, and Present Day United States - Mirza shares the prayer lives of his characters and how the power of prayer affects those around them. While the main characters are fictional, Mirza also mentions Christian heroes Epaphras and D.L. Moody as they greatly influence the main characters.
Being a fictional book, Mirza includes interaction of angels and demons in the lives of the characters. In the Preface, he addresses that this is indeed fictional, as we don't know characteristics of demons, and he cautions the reader to not develop a focus on the demons or draw conclusions about demons that are not biblical.
Another interesting facet of The Pray-ers / Book 1 Troubles is Mirza's inclusion of biblical reference footnotes. Throughout the book, Mirza includes the biblical references for concepts he shares in the story line.
I enjoyed this book and its emphasis on the power that praying can manifest in the life of the pray-er and the lives of those around the pray-er. I do have to admit that I struggled with the first few chapters to "get into" the book; I think it was because each chapter jumped to a different time period or the spiritual realm. Once I adjusted to the movement of the book through the time periods, the book flowed fairly well.
I especially appreciated the addition of the biblical reference footnotes. I felt they could easily turn the reading of a fictional book on prayer into a Bible study of sorts if you chose to read and meditate on the Bible verses.
I'm constantly looking for ways to share my faith with those around me. This book would be a good starting point for a faith-based conversation. Someone who might have an interest in angels and demons but might not be a Christian believer would probably enjoy the spiritual realm aspect of this book, and it could lead to a conversation about trusting in the Lord.
I liked this book because it showed the power of prayer. My favorite character was Hael, the guardian angel who was given the task to watch over the main character pray-ers. He could be funny, but he was also serious and took his job seriously. I think this book would be a good read for teens and adults who are interested in learning about the power of prayer.
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