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Upside-Down Prayers for Parents by Lisa T. Bergren {Book Review}

Disclosure: This could be a sponsored post or contain affiliate links (which means I earn a percentage of the sale), but all opinions are strictly my own.

My son started playing t-ball a couple of weeks ago, and he had his very first game on Saturday.  We were an incredibly proud family of this little boy who got to play left field for two innings, ran past first base and was subsequently out for not getting back on the base in time, and was tagged out before getting to first base the second time.  We were proud because he played and cheered for his teammates the full two hours (!) after he told me before the game started that he didn’t want to play.  And that came after two weeks of frustrating practices with a little boy who didn’t really want to practice but really did NOT want to go home.

I felt like my reactions to him that gorgeous Saturday morning could be considered upside-down.  If he doesn’t want to play, then let him go home, right??  Don’t make the poor kid do something that he doesn’t want to do!  Well, I wanted him to have the experience of sticking with something even though he didn’t want to do it right then.  I wanted him to know what it meant to be a team player, even when it wasn’t his turn to bat.  I wanted him to think of how he could make the best of a situation that was less than desirable for him.  And, really, I’d like to think that he ended up having a great time that day because he stayed.  That’s what he proudly told his Grandma and Papa on Skype that night, anyway.  🙂

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This experience connected directly to the book Upside-Down Prayers for Parents by Lisa T. Bergren, which challenges parents to turn their prayers “upside down” and allow for mistakes and experience to help children learn and grow.  This book includes 31 devotions with questions and scripture references and is designed to be read in 31 days.  Each of the upside-down prayers is a little surprising (though understandable with the explanation), but there were a few that were downright shocking!   “I pray you’ll know fear — and find courage in living with God beside you” and “I pray that you’ll brush up against death — and catch a glimpse of eternity” were not normal prayers that I uttered for my very young boys (who I’d like to keep very far away from fear and death!).  Others, though, touched my heart and could easily find their way into my prayers for my boys:  “I pray you’ll one day pray over a child of your own — and know more about why you’re a beloved, treasured child yourself.”

This book includes ideas to open conversations between parents and children, which would make it most appropriate for ages 8-18; however, I felt that this would be an amazing gift for any new parent and is a great read for all.

I received a complimentary copy of the book from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for an honest review.

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  1. Never heard of this book before but thank you for sharing your review .. need to check it out at amazon and maybe i can download the sample to read it.

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