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Stormie Omartian's bestselling The Power of a Praying® series (more than 28 million copies sold) is rereleased with fresh new covers and new material to reach a still-growing market of readers eager to discover the power of prayer for their lives. In this important follow-up to The Power of a Praying® Parent (2 million copies sold), Stormie addresses areas of concern you ma Stormie Omartian's bestselling The Power of a Praying® series (more than 28 million copies sold) is rereleased with fresh new covers and new material to reach a still-growing market of readers eager to discover the power of prayer for their lives. In this important follow-up to The Power of a Praying® Parent (2 million copies sold), Stormie addresses areas of concern you may have for your grown children and shares how to lift them up to God. With stories from other parents and insight gleaned from personal experience, Stormie helps you pray with the power of God's Word over your adult children and their career choices and sense of purpose marriages and other vital relationships parenting skills and leadership struggles, addictions, or emotional trials faith commitment and prayer life Perhaps you are watching your grown children step out into the world and wishing you could do more to support them while giving them the freedom they crave. You can. It doesn't matter how young or old they are, you can rest in the power of God working through your prayers.


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Stormie Omartian's bestselling The Power of a Praying® series (more than 28 million copies sold) is rereleased with fresh new covers and new material to reach a still-growing market of readers eager to discover the power of prayer for their lives. In this important follow-up to The Power of a Praying® Parent (2 million copies sold), Stormie addresses areas of concern you ma Stormie Omartian's bestselling The Power of a Praying® series (more than 28 million copies sold) is rereleased with fresh new covers and new material to reach a still-growing market of readers eager to discover the power of prayer for their lives. In this important follow-up to The Power of a Praying® Parent (2 million copies sold), Stormie addresses areas of concern you may have for your grown children and shares how to lift them up to God. With stories from other parents and insight gleaned from personal experience, Stormie helps you pray with the power of God's Word over your adult children and their career choices and sense of purpose marriages and other vital relationships parenting skills and leadership struggles, addictions, or emotional trials faith commitment and prayer life Perhaps you are watching your grown children step out into the world and wishing you could do more to support them while giving them the freedom they crave. You can. It doesn't matter how young or old they are, you can rest in the power of God working through your prayers.

30 review for The Power of Praying for Your Adult Children

  1. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    This book starts out strong -- the introduction is very well done -- but finishes weakly. Reading the introduction (What Every Parent of an Adult Child Needs to Know) and the first 4-5 chapters would be sufficient. The remaining chapters tend to be repetitive in nature, and could be read 'as needed.' The introduction has an excellent section on forgiveness. Throughout the book, O'Martin references scriptures that are relevant to her chosen topic; each chapter ends with scripture verses and a pray This book starts out strong -- the introduction is very well done -- but finishes weakly. Reading the introduction (What Every Parent of an Adult Child Needs to Know) and the first 4-5 chapters would be sufficient. The remaining chapters tend to be repetitive in nature, and could be read 'as needed.' The introduction has an excellent section on forgiveness. Throughout the book, O'Martin references scriptures that are relevant to her chosen topic; each chapter ends with scripture verses and a prayer. O'Martin believes in asking boldly of the Lord -- that which seems impossible, because, all things are possible through Him. She has a strong faith, and she encourages the reader to pray consistently, daily and with hope. I have a few criticisms of O'Martin's book. One is that she over-simplifies concerns parents have with their children. She hints at the idea that practical work has to be done to turn situations and people around. But, prayer is the focus of this book, and prayer is where O'Martin always begins and ends. I believe that prayer changes things and that I should pray more and worry/control less. But I also believe I have to do more than utter a prayer and then sit back and wait. O'Martin "gets" this concept, but it does not come across strongly in her book. Secondly, O'Martin seems to have her view of "success," and I often felt like she was telling God what she wanted through her prayers. I don't know if many others had that same sense? I think this is reflective of her human, controlling nature (which we all have), but also of her boldness in asking God for the very best for her children. Is this something to criticize or something to emulate? That is a personal decision the reader will have to make. Finally, as with every Christian-like book, the reader is encouraged to read scripture along with the book. To decide (prayerfully) if the scripture supports the author's point of view, or if it is being manipulated (even a little bit) toward that end. O'Martin references scriptures that are new to me (I really appreciate that), but I also thought a few were stretched when needed to meet her argument. In conclusion, this is a book that I would recommend to parents of adult children. O'Martin believes God wants the very best for His for children and that our prayers are key in making that happen. Christian parents can be encouraged by that mindset, and by O'Martin's book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Wesley

    It is very difficult to review a book that tells you to pray, since we are all supposed to pray, right? As I went through the book in a group study I was bothered, and it took a while until I finally got it: I feel she presents prayer as a formula. If you pray this, you get this. If you don't pray, or pray the wrong way, bad things will happen, if you do pray, good things will happen. She gives some examples(very few personal) as proof. I have been a Christian for a long time, and have learned t It is very difficult to review a book that tells you to pray, since we are all supposed to pray, right? As I went through the book in a group study I was bothered, and it took a while until I finally got it: I feel she presents prayer as a formula. If you pray this, you get this. If you don't pray, or pray the wrong way, bad things will happen, if you do pray, good things will happen. She gives some examples(very few personal) as proof. I have been a Christian for a long time, and have learned that while we should pray, pray all the time, there is no formula to guarantee the answer we want. Matthew 5:45 basically says that God will do what God wants. Job 1:21 says that God gives, and he takes, but we are to praise him. It's not a business transaction. So if you like Stormie and the way she writes then feel free to read and follow the book, it certainly will not hurt.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lorie

    This is like all of her other books but with a different title and verses. She chose not to tell her stories/hardships about her kids which I felt like missed a lot of the connection with the reader. Not that I/the reader wants to hear all good/bad things they've done or going thru but I thought if she would share an incident then you could relate better. With that being said, I read this book slowly, read the word and prayed several days concerning my own children (I've got 5 kids). It did brin This is like all of her other books but with a different title and verses. She chose not to tell her stories/hardships about her kids which I felt like missed a lot of the connection with the reader. Not that I/the reader wants to hear all good/bad things they've done or going thru but I thought if she would share an incident then you could relate better. With that being said, I read this book slowly, read the word and prayed several days concerning my own children (I've got 5 kids). It did bring my attention to areas in my kids life's that I've not been praying about.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Vicki

    This book is one that should be in all Christian homes of parents with adult children especially. The author gives many good suggestions and helps people that don't know how to pray or what to pray for or think they have prayed and said it all. If you have children that are giving you grief (drug addicts, homeless, alcoholics, etc.), this author will give you many ideas how to pray for them. If you are a parent of children any age, this book is a must! This book is one that should be in all Christian homes of parents with adult children especially. The author gives many good suggestions and helps people that don't know how to pray or what to pray for or think they have prayed and said it all. If you have children that are giving you grief (drug addicts, homeless, alcoholics, etc.), this author will give you many ideas how to pray for them. If you are a parent of children any age, this book is a must!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Baker stevens

    I highly recommend this powerful book as the Lord used it to change my life and take away the debilitating worry I experienced over my two adult sons. One night I was reading the Bible in bed and the worry started to creep in again as it seemed to do every night. I started to pray as the the Bible lay on my chest for God to give me something from His word that would help me. I picked it up and the first verse I saw was; Isaiah 54:13 "All your sons will be taught by the Lord and great will be you I highly recommend this powerful book as the Lord used it to change my life and take away the debilitating worry I experienced over my two adult sons. One night I was reading the Bible in bed and the worry started to creep in again as it seemed to do every night. I started to pray as the the Bible lay on my chest for God to give me something from His word that would help me. I picked it up and the first verse I saw was; Isaiah 54:13 "All your sons will be taught by the Lord and great will be your children's peace." That verse gave me comfort and I went to sleep. The next day, I had a luncheon date with a dear friend that I hadn't seen in a while. I had told her nothing of my debilitating worry. When I arrived at her house, she had a gift for me on my place mat. I took the book out of the gift bag and it was "The Power of Praying for your Adult Children"! I thanked her profusely and told her of my struggles and we rejoiced together. But that is not the end of the story! I promised that I would start reading it that day. Later that evening, I sat down to begin reading and I opened it to a page at the very beginning. There was but one verse on that page and I burst into tears and laughter at the same time. The verse was, Isaiah 54:13 - the very verse God had showed me the night before! I thanked the Lord for His goodness and praised Him for His perfect timing and love. From then on, I no longer struggled with worry over my children and have learned to put them into His care. The book was wonderful in teaching on the specifics of how to pray for our children. I have loaned it out countless times and even bought copies for friends and family.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    I ended up skimming through the last few chapters. While there were some good suggestions for prayer, this book was very disappointing overall. The shaky theology struck me more fully this time (for example, what happened to Joseph wasn't God's will, suggesting prayer for "revelation," implying that God is required to honor certain prayer, etc.) The use of "he (she)" throughout the book was annoying as well as distracting. It may seem silly, but where she really lost me was when she was relating I ended up skimming through the last few chapters. While there were some good suggestions for prayer, this book was very disappointing overall. The shaky theology struck me more fully this time (for example, what happened to Joseph wasn't God's will, suggesting prayer for "revelation," implying that God is required to honor certain prayer, etc.) The use of "he (she)" throughout the book was annoying as well as distracting. It may seem silly, but where she really lost me was when she was relating the story of an incident regarding her son's health. One of the possibilities was multiple sclerosis, and she indicated that she believed that if he had it, it would have been caused by poor diet. This one was not a good read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    This book is very valuable as a resource of wonderful ways to pray for your adult children and as an encouragement that those prayers are important and effective. It is divided into well-organized chapters that can be referred to again and again. This one will stay close within my reach

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sue-b-doo

    Resulted in starting a "moms of adult children" weekly prayer meeting...praying for a long list of our own children plus others in our congregation! So exciting to see how God works when we do battle together at the throne of God! Resulted in starting a "moms of adult children" weekly prayer meeting...praying for a long list of our own children plus others in our congregation! So exciting to see how God works when we do battle together at the throne of God!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    truth and more truth. full of scripture & well-organized practical advice. nothing new & not the best writing style, but important things to remember & use daily alll in one place.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte

    I recommend this to all parents of adult children/or children about to become adults.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Neil R. Coulter

    I'm getting used to being the parent of an adult child, and I found Stormie Omartian's prayer book really helpful as a guide to some of the ups and downs that might happen along the way from this point on. As in her other books, Omartian is very encouraging and compassionate, which I appreciate. For a certain type of personality, her prayers are excellent guides for our own daily prayers (and I know that for other personalities, this kind of book probably wouldn't be as helpful, and that's fine) I'm getting used to being the parent of an adult child, and I found Stormie Omartian's prayer book really helpful as a guide to some of the ups and downs that might happen along the way from this point on. As in her other books, Omartian is very encouraging and compassionate, which I appreciate. For a certain type of personality, her prayers are excellent guides for our own daily prayers (and I know that for other personalities, this kind of book probably wouldn't be as helpful, and that's fine). I thought the chapters and prayers in this book were better even than Omartian's Power of Praying Parent, which I've used a lot in praying for all my kids. Where that book is a lot of chapters that are short, followed by short prayers, some of which kind of blend together with one another after a while, this book feels deeper and more mature. The prayers are longer, and there are fewer of them. I found a lot of the content personally challenging, thinking about applying the prayers to myself; and I love the way these prayers guide me in praying for my oldest child. I almost wish I'd found this book sooner and started praying through it even during the teenage years. It's really good.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Martian

    I would highly recommend this book to any Christian parent of adult children. My oldest are just barely adults -- in college -- but I can see how this book will be helpful for me throughout their lives and in the lives of my other children as they grow up. Each chapter gives a different topic for prayer -- how and what we should pray for our children. It is also full of Scripture and the author explains how those verses apply to our lives and the lives of our children.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Knapp

    Perfect book when I moved 800 miles away from my adult sons in order to caregive for my mom who had Alzheimer's. I recognized that the one thing I could, and needed to, do was to pray for my sons. During my middle of the night hot flashes, I prayed for my sons and continue to do so. The book is incredibly helpful with clear scriptural, faith lessons, as well as prayers I could say when my own prayers were weak. I have recommended this book to many, and I will continue to read and reread this power Perfect book when I moved 800 miles away from my adult sons in order to caregive for my mom who had Alzheimer's. I recognized that the one thing I could, and needed to, do was to pray for my sons. During my middle of the night hot flashes, I prayed for my sons and continue to do so. The book is incredibly helpful with clear scriptural, faith lessons, as well as prayers I could say when my own prayers were weak. I have recommended this book to many, and I will continue to read and reread this powerful "manual" on how to recognize the importance of being a prayer warrior for our adult children. So many prayers have been answered, even as they both faced difficult situations. Thanks, Stormie.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Holly Poe

    Words can't adequately describe how wonderful this book is. Stormie has put into words, paired with scripture, and her own life examples, every prayer I've needed to pray for my children. As I would pray the prayers aloud for my daughters, I would weep because I could feel the Holy Spirit moving. It's a must read for all parents of adult children, of any age. I wish I had a parent alive to pray these over me right now. Words can't adequately describe how wonderful this book is. Stormie has put into words, paired with scripture, and her own life examples, every prayer I've needed to pray for my children. As I would pray the prayers aloud for my daughters, I would weep because I could feel the Holy Spirit moving. It's a must read for all parents of adult children, of any age. I wish I had a parent alive to pray these over me right now.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Hope

    "Prayer is not telling God what to do. Prayer is partnering with God to see that His will is done. The confidence we have in approaching God is that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, then we know that we will have what we asked of Him." (1 John 5:14-15) Omartian encouraged me to be faithful and specific in my prayers for my grown children. A very helpful book. "Prayer is not telling God what to do. Prayer is partnering with God to see that His will is done. The confidence we have in approaching God is that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, then we know that we will have what we asked of Him." (1 John 5:14-15) Omartian encouraged me to be faithful and specific in my prayers for my grown children. A very helpful book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie A-M

    I went in search of something to reassure and comfort me during a difficult time. After reading my Bible I came across this book and I was soothed by the practical advice and honest assessment of what it feels like to be the parent of an adult child. I appreciated being given very specific areas to pray on for my son and I was truly blessed by the spirit of the text. A comforting read for any parent who just wants and needs some direction when supporting adult children.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    We as Mothers will always pray and love our children no matter what! because she love them more then anyone can really know. So I bought this book to help me always remember to pray for my adult children, so they can be blessed and walk in god's way. and know God. and I know that God hears our prayers! so I will never stop praying for my adult children! We as Mothers will always pray and love our children no matter what! because she love them more then anyone can really know. So I bought this book to help me always remember to pray for my adult children, so they can be blessed and walk in god's way. and know God. and I know that God hears our prayers! so I will never stop praying for my adult children!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    I don't have children but I have used this book for people in my family who are very dear to me. I found the book was just what I needed to read at a certain time in my life and it proved to be very helpful. I don't have children but I have used this book for people in my family who are very dear to me. I found the book was just what I needed to read at a certain time in my life and it proved to be very helpful.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rose

    My Bible study group read this book, awesome.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    Encouraging and great for reminding us, as parents, how we should be praying for our adult children.

  21. 5 out of 5

    1catholicsalmon

    Truly inspirational, covering all the important aspects of adult life. An excellent structure to base prayer on.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Brenda Meyer

    A necessity for all parents I wish I'd had this years ago!! It gives me words for my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for this blessing! A necessity for all parents I wish I'd had this years ago!! It gives me words for my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for this blessing!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Carmen

    I keep this book close by and have really enjoyed the prayers in it.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    As parents, there's probably nothing that we pray more for than our kids. This is true before they're born, and when they're little, and when they're growing up. But what about once they become adults? My oldest daughter just turned 20, so, strange as it is to me, I'm now becoming the mom of adult kids. And in that capacity, I now know how true it is that we never want to stop praying for our "kids" -- even if they're no longer children. Author Stormie Omartian has written several books about pra As parents, there's probably nothing that we pray more for than our kids. This is true before they're born, and when they're little, and when they're growing up. But what about once they become adults? My oldest daughter just turned 20, so, strange as it is to me, I'm now becoming the mom of adult kids. And in that capacity, I now know how true it is that we never want to stop praying for our "kids" -- even if they're no longer children. Author Stormie Omartian has written several books about prayer. In her book The Power of Praying for Your Adult Children, she covers this very topic. She mentions a friend asking her if having adult kids was a life sentence, and she answered that it only felt like she was doing hard time when she wasn't praying. When she was praying, she viewed it more as a lifetime assignment from God to keep her children covered, so that His will can be done in their lives. I really liked that perspective. I really liked this book. Its chapters cover various life aspects where we can pray for adult kids -- for their relationships, finances, jobs, heart for God, etc. I found that this was a book best devoured in small "bites," so each morning when I read my devotional book, I also read a page of this book. Then I could think over and pray over what I'd read all throughout the day. There are many helpful thoughts, and helpful sample prayers and Bible verses, in this book. One thing I liked was where the author mentioned that we will feel stress when our kids experience problems in life, and yet hard times can be part of God's will -- for us as well as for our kids. Those are the times when our kids can actually grow closest to God. We just need to pray that they keep their eyes on the Lord through their hard times. As parents, we can spend a lot of time worrying about our kids. But Stormie cautions us, "We don't have to live that way when we can pray." And that's so true. Any time I start to be concerned over something with my kids, I take it as a prompt to pray. Nothing is helped by worry and stewing, and yet when we put our efforts into pray, we're actually doing something to help our kids -- as well as to calm ourselves. Recommended.

  25. 4 out of 5

    linecaro

    I am a mother of a preteen and a Teen. I am happy because i think this book came on time to read. If its well to say, my kids are not adults, life hits us up with many different circumstances and this book, prepares me with the word of God on the thinks i should be praying for my kids since now. As a single mother this book, allowed me to see my kids needs and wholes in their life since now, understanding i am not to fill all those wholes but trusting God almighty who is the one, who can fill wh I am a mother of a preteen and a Teen. I am happy because i think this book came on time to read. If its well to say, my kids are not adults, life hits us up with many different circumstances and this book, prepares me with the word of God on the thinks i should be praying for my kids since now. As a single mother this book, allowed me to see my kids needs and wholes in their life since now, understanding i am not to fill all those wholes but trusting God almighty who is the one, who can fill wholes and change minds, and hearts. I even could pray and heal for myself as a mother. This book was borrow from a good and special friend who could identify on time in me my needs and without judge me, could guide me to the right place where i could find direction. i bless her as she has bless me with this element. The book has been definitely a guide, Glory to God for kind and loving people. ES: Soy una madre de 2 ninas 12 y 16 y confieso que este libro pense en algun momento que estaba fuera de tiempo. sin embargo, el libro no esta fuera de tiempo. el libro esta a tiempo y me prepara a todas las posibiliades. Como madre soltera, entieno que hay vacios en la vida de mi hija que yo no podre llenar, y que solo Dios lo puede hacer. Este libro es una buena herramienta para comenzar a discernir en oracion por mis hijas, ahora desde su juventud, para que sus corazones crezcan sanos y protegidos y con base en la palabra. Este libro me sirvio para orar por mi misma y lo recomendaria a cualquier madre que sabe que solo Dios puede cambiar los tiempos, los corazones y las situaciones para su propia Gloria.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Eve

    Great book in the sense that it gives you ideas to pray for your adult children based on scriptures. However, I can’t help but think lately how we are to pray not necessarily with many words but in simple trust toward the Lord to take care of our needs. We have to be careful that we don’t think that religiously praying through these prayers will bring about perfect adult children with no cares. I don’t think the author means to come across that way by any means, but a person reading through it m Great book in the sense that it gives you ideas to pray for your adult children based on scriptures. However, I can’t help but think lately how we are to pray not necessarily with many words but in simple trust toward the Lord to take care of our needs. We have to be careful that we don’t think that religiously praying through these prayers will bring about perfect adult children with no cares. I don’t think the author means to come across that way by any means, but a person reading through it might find themselves tempted to think that way. I am grateful the Lord knows what we need (and our children need) before we even express the concerns. I’m also thankful the Holy Spirit groans within us words we cannot express. Prayer is vital. Our relationship with God and our adult children’s relationships with him are enhanced through prayer because it’s simply talking with him and pouring out our concerns to him. Don’t worry about not having all the correct words to pray. If we are in right relationship with God we can trust him to care for all our needs even simply whispered.

  27. 5 out of 5

    LaRae

    Stormie repeated herself unnecessarily throughout the book. Also, her words indicate that she believes if one walks in obedience, one will avoid suffering and sickness. All you have to do is read Job to know this isn’t true. God has promised to “work all things together for good, for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose,” and this includes suffering. Nowhere does Scripture indicate that if someone fervently prays all the right prayers and walks obediently that they will avoi Stormie repeated herself unnecessarily throughout the book. Also, her words indicate that she believes if one walks in obedience, one will avoid suffering and sickness. All you have to do is read Job to know this isn’t true. God has promised to “work all things together for good, for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose,” and this includes suffering. Nowhere does Scripture indicate that if someone fervently prays all the right prayers and walks obediently that they will avoid suffering and hardship. We are only promised that God will work whatever we face for good. However, the book gives a template around which to structure prayers for our children. I won’t pray the exact prayers, but the categories and scriptures are valuable.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    I do believe prayer is a powerful thing, but I also think things happen to people. Like sickness and death to children and young parents. I don’t think it is a lack of prayer that allows this to happen. I also don’t feel we should force feed faith to anyone but try to be examples and pray for them. I felt the author thinks all we should be doing is talking about God with our adult children. I feel we show them the way and pray for them to be receptive to the Spirit.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sami Peyton

    Powerful praying for your adult children Wonderful study and prayers shared on Zoom with other ladies from Tennessee, Louisiana, & Texas. In these times of COVID 19, it was a excellent study. I would recommend this book to any one with Adult children. I chose this rating because it spoke so clearly to me personally and gave me words to pray specifics and powerful prayers for my adult children. I have read other books written by this author and haven’t been disappointed.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cindymarrelli

    I love this book. Very useful for parents that want to “help” their adult children. Stormie reminds us that God loves them even more than we do and that our most useful activity is praying for them. Several powerful guided prayers are included. The book solidly points us to God’s word as our anchor and the light for our path. Highly recommend.

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