Book Review, Whispers of Hope


Maybe it’s my ego, but I considered myself a prayer veteran. I mean, I’ve studied Kay Arthur’s, Lord Teach Me to Pray in 28 Days. I’ve read many of Stormie O’Martian’s books, I even own Beth Moore’s, Praying God’s Word, flash cards. I’ve been a Christian since I was seven and I’ve led Bible studies on prayer. I have over a dozen journals filled with notes from my morning conversations with God.

So, when I was asked to review Beth Moore’s new book, Whispers of Hope, I admit I wondered how it could possibly be different. Prayer isn’t exactly an evolving science and God didn’t suddenly change the rules. What is there left to learn?

I opened, Whispers of Hope, the moment it arrived on my doorstep, and read the introduction and Day One. Immediately, I knew that this book was less about teaching me to pray, and more about cultivating a habit of deep prayer. If a habit is formed in 21 days, Beth triples her bets with this book, offering the reader a full 70 days of gentle reminders, guidance and incentive to talk to God.

The first thing I appreciated about, Whispers of Hope, is the brief introduction. No ten page didactic on, “How to use this book”. Just a simple, one page spread explaining the journal headings and reminding the reader of the command and reward of consistent prayer.

Beth uses an acronym of the word PRAISE to designate six essential elements of prayer. How humbling to discover that in my frequent “popcorn” prayers, I often forget important aspects of communicating with the High King!

Each of the seventy days begins in with a Scripture reading and a one page devotional by Beth. Following, are two pages with three categories each for jotting down prayer notes.

Two aspects of my own prayer life, Acknowledgement and Intercession, were particularly strengthened by this book.

Acknowledgement: This is an aspect of prayer I often forget, assuming I cover my bases with praise and thanksgiving. Of course, I know God is in charge, but most days I still find myself questioning each interruption, flustered by changes in plans, or cross because a certain item on my to-do list takes longer than expected.

In this category, Beth reminds us to recognize God’s sovereign authority over the minuscule moments of our lives. This is the ground floor of humility; at the same time, it’s the epitome of freedom.

Taking Beth’s frequent admonition to use Scripture in my prayer, I found Psalm 15 to be an excellent guide for acknowledging God’s rule and goodness in my life.

Intercession: I am ashamed to admit that this is a topic I have brushed over lightly in the past. Sometimes, my intercessory prayers seem redundant, so I default to casual, passing thoughts, “Haven’t I been praying this thing for that person forever? God, you know.”

Beth points out a relieving truth about intercessory prayer that I have never considered before. Using Jesus’s mother, Mary, in John 2:3, Beth says that we don’t need to offer God a solution to the problem. We do not need to ask God to do something specific in an individual’s life or a certain circumstance. Instead, as Mary did, we can simply state the need. My part in intercession is to show a oneness with His heart, a sensitivity to the Spirit and compassion for the person in need. God is capable of solving the problem in His own time and manner. In fact, He already knows the issue.

As it turns out, there is much I can still learn about prayer. No, it isn’t an evolving science, but it is an ongoing conversation. As I child grows up and learns to participate respectfully in adult conversation, so I believe, as we grow in faith and intimacy with God, the tone, attitude and expression of our prayers will change.

Whispers of Hope, is an excellent, unique resource both for learning to pray and for maturing in our relationship with God.

Make sure you leave a comment on this post because tomorrow I will select the winner of a free copy of,
Whispers of Hope. Good luck!

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8 thoughts on “Book Review, Whispers of Hope

  1. I hadn’t come across Beth Moore before. However, I do like a book that contains a short passage for each day which allows time for it to sink in, raise questions and find answers. Good idea to be more structured in praying. Like most things, I think it’s more about quality than quantity. Sometimes we try to spend too much time talking to God than listening to him, so having some structure sound good to me.

  2. …… and I like the word Hope
    Hope is the one thing we got on our side
    Hope can be salvaged when all else has died

    Hazel O’Connor – “If Only”

    What do you do when they turn on the light?
    You guard your heart, so they steal your sight
    You reach out in blindness, touch the alone
    Its icicle fingers chill you to the bone
    What do you do when the cat gets your tongue?
    No way to tell it’s all going wrong
    Now that the words are locked in the phone
    Nobody answers, nobody’s home
    What’s done has been done, and I won’t be the one
    Who despairs in the wheelchair, resigned to “If only”
    No, I’ll stand up again and I’ll run
    I’ll jump up till I touch the sun
    Because I won’t be the one to be bound
    By the sound of “If only, if only, if only”
    Well, I reach out in blindness now, but what do I care?
    I’ll walk into walls and I’ll stumble downstairs
    I’ll laugh like a fishwife, I’ll cry like a clown
    Up is the only way to go when you’re down
    When I reach a mountain top, then I start to climb
    I’ll walk on the water, I’ll turn water to wine
    Hope is the one thing we got on our side
    Hope can be salvaged when all else has died
    What’s done has been done, and I won’t be the one
    Who despairs in the wheelchair, resigned to “If only”
    No, I’ll stand up again and I’ll run
    I’ll jump up till I touch the sun
    Because I won’t be the one to be bound
    By the sound of “If only, if only, if only”
    What’s done has been done, and I won’t be the one
    Who despairs in the wheelchair, resigned to “If only”
    No, I’ll stand up again and I’ll run
    I’ll jump up till I touch the sun
    Because I won’t be the one to be bound
    By the sound of “If only, if only, if only”

  3. David, I’ve never heard that poem before. I love it! I think you would really like Beth Moore. She’s a big name here in the States as a Bible study teacher, generally for women, but this book would work for anyone wanting the strengthen their prayer habits. 🙂

  4. Announcing the winner! Congratulations to David Campbell! You’re the recipient of the free book “Whispers of Hope” by Beth Moore. 🙂

    More free books soon everyone, stay tuned!

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