A testament to God answering big prayers
Pray Big Things – The Surprising Life God Has for You When You’re Bold Enough to Ask is Julia Jeffress Sadler’s testimony of God answering her big prayers.
Ms. Jeffress Sadler’s struggle with infertility ultimately led to her and her husband’s quest to ensure they were living a life pleasing to God. This included praying specifically for biological children, among other caveats. When their prayers were answered, Pray Big Things became the means to give the glory to God and show others how He answered their prayers.
Making ‘big things’ happen involves prayer and action. We can’t be passive bystanders and expect God to do all the work. Each chapter contains “Take Action” sections that lead the reader to apply the concepts.
A beautiful nugget in the book involves finding your purpose. As she describes the formula that resulted in the miracle of their children, she also defines what I think is the most concise description of discerning God’s will for each of us that I’ve read to date. Namely, that God will use your inherent strengths and passions, so He won’t call you to do something you can’t do or that you’d hate doing.
How this book affected me:
One thing I personally loved about this book is the idea of deciding in good times what we think about God and then living that out when we’re faced with difficulty. If we wait until difficult times to decide what we think about God, our impression might not include all the amazing ways He has already blessed our lives. This was a great reminder.
I appreciated the author’s zeal for spreading her message about God working in her life and the way He answered their big prayers. I enjoyed the testimony and loved her giving the glory to God. On the flip side, I personally struggled with some of the assertions – such as, that if we are more obedient and not a ‘sold out’ Christian, that we will receive God’s approval/favor/blessings.
Who would enjoy this book:
The author’s fan will definitely enjoy Pray Big Things. People struggling with infertility might find it comforting. (But it might also be detrimental if their prayers don’t result in a baby). Anyone looking for testimony as to the power of prayer and how God answers prayers would enjoy this book.
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Meet the Author:
Julia Jeffress Sadler is a reality star from TLC’s Rattled, pastor’s daughter, minister, professional counselor, triplet mama, and wife to her junior-high sweetheart, Ryan who has seen God do immeasurably more than anything she could hope or imagine! After suffering three miscarriages in one year, God blessed her and her husband, Ryan, with triplets! Their story of faith, prayer, and evangelism in the midst of heartache has encouraged thousands around the world!
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