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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Homeschool Review - The Pray-ers Book 1 Troubles

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I believe that prayer is very important and any opportunity I get to improve or better understand my prayer life is a welcome joy, so I was thrilled to get a chance to review The Pray-ers / Book 1 Troubles, written by Mark S. Mirza from CTM Publishing Atlanta. Allow me to tell you what it's all about in this Homeschool Review of The Pray-ers / Book 1 Troubles.

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What is The Pray-ers/Book 1 Troubles?

The book is written by Mark S. Mirza, who has led the men's prayer ministry for Dr. Charles Stanley, and realizes the great importance of prayer. He wrote this book to help others embrace a rich prayer life.

I received an e-book version, but it is also available in print. The book consists of 1,161 pages in total, but fairly large sections are devoted to explaining how demons and angels would be referred to in the book in the beginning, and then an epilogue and several pages of name descriptions and an explanation of the three eras covered in the back of the book. The actual story is 44 chapters and approximately 1,111 pages in length.

The Pray-ers Book 1 Troubles is a fictional book designed to shed some insight into the importance of prayer and what happens behind the scenes in the angel and demon realm when we pray or fail to pray. He uses a few characters in the book, who are described in great detail on the back pages. It begins with a great prayer warrior named Epaphras, moves into the 19th century with a southern pastor who grew up in the north who grew up with D. L. Moody, named Alexander Rich. It eventually introduces a modern-day character named Dr. Dale who is a track coach at a University in Georgia, who is dealing with topics of atheists, cancer and abortion. One very important character is a guardian angel named Hael. The book is set up to help the reader learn prayer by watching how it comes alive in the lives of and how they intertwine throughout the eras of these fictional characters throughout history.

The book covers 3 eras of time:

  1. First Century
  2. 19th Century
  3. Current Time Frame

The introduction to the book explains in detail how the author intended to portray demons and angels, not as they are typically portrayed as evil ghoulish beings or fanciful cute cherubs.

How Did We Use It?

I couldn't wait to give this to my daughter to read, but before I did so, I thought it was a good idea if I took a look at it first. When I began to delve into it, I realized that there would not be enough time for her to finish the book within the review period, so my thoughts are based upon my opinion of the book.

What Did We Think?

While the story lines are engaging with characters that you wish were real so you could actually meet them, the book is deep and not a frivolous light read, but is extremely insightful covering both historical and spiritual elements. With such thought-provoking content, I found myself often wishing I had the actual physical paper pages to hold in my hand rather than an e-pub version, but was happy to get it in any form. I am pleased to say that the physical paperback version is available if that is your preference as well. I really liked how there were scripture references at the bottom of many of the pages that tied the story back to the reality of Scripture. I also love that the author refuses to capitalize the names of demons and that he handled delicate subjects, like abortion, with honor and grace.


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