Fervent by Priscilla Shirer – A Book Review

Title: FerVent: A Woman’s Battle Plan for Serious, Specific, and Strategic Prayer

Author: Priscilla Shirer

Publisher: B & H Publishing Group

Copyright: 2015

Classification: Prayer, Spiritual Warfare, Women

Price: Suggested retail price $16.99

Who is Priscilla Shirer? Priscilla is married to Jerry Shirer, and is a mom to three sons.  She is a gifted writer and international speaker.  She has written a number of Christian books and Bible Studies. She is also one of the daughters of Pastor Tony Evans.  Some of her books include: The Resolution for Women (NY Times Bestseller),  God is Able, One in a Million, Life Interrupted, Discerning the Voice of God, Awaken, The Armor of God, and more.  She had a starring role in War Room and a role in the recently released I Can Only Imagine.

 A Hands-on, knees-down, never-give-up action guide to practical, purposeful praying

That is the description at the end of the promo on the back of the book.   It is just that and is exactly what Priscilla planned for it to be.  If you saw the War Room movie, you got a glimpse there of what Priscilla believes prayer should be like.  She didn’t write the book, but she did collaborate with the Kendrick Brothers on the movie, and ultimately they decided she needed to play the role of Elizabeth Jordan, the wife in the movie, and she accepted.

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Does God Hear Prayers or Does God Answer Prayers?

Have you ever asked yourself these questions:

  • Does God hear my prayers?
  • Does God answer prayers?
  • Does He hear the prayers of a sinner?
  • Is He even listening?
  • How am I supposed to pray?
  • I don’t even know how to pray – how can I pray?
  • Why pray He never answers my prayers?

These are common questions we ask ourselves or others when we feel that God is not hearing our prayers.  When we are in doubt as to whether we are being heard when we do pray, we question sometimes if God is really there?   The Bible mentions prayer many, many times so it must be important.  A search on Bible gateway for ‘pray’ returns 362 results, and a search for ‘prayer’ returns 191 results, and for ‘prayers’ returns 27 results (in the NASB Version).    The NIV version returns 367 results for ‘pray’, 154 for ‘prayer’ and 32 for ‘prayers’.  This gives us an indication of how much prayer or praying is discussed in the Old and the New Testament and indicates the high priority of prayer in God’s Word.

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