249: The Praying Family by Kim Butts

by Gerard

249: Butts, Kim. The Praying Family: Creative Ways to Pray Together. Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2003. 237 pp. ISBN 0-8024-3086-4.

Dewey Construction:

  • 200: Religion
  • 240: Christian moral and devotional theology
  • 249: Christian observances in family life

There are times when you go to pray—maybe alone and maybe with your family—and you need a little guidance. Maybe the old methods seem boring. Maybe your words feel hollow. Kim Butts’s The Praying Family is book designed to help you and your family use prayer to incorporate the Biblical life into your own (if you so wish).

The methods in the book are structured as Journeys. Each journey has several steps with verses to consult and activities to do with your children. Along with this, side trips are built in for solitary or joint exploration. These journeys help to convey different meanings of neighborly love, of thanksgiving, or of praise.

The only thing that struck me as unsavory were the intermittent mentions that if you didn’t have the materials or the time to make your own prayer supplies, that they could be ordered through the website for her and her husband’s ministry. This seemed a little unsavory. Other than that, though, it was a decent book for helping families come together through prayer.