Austin divides this affirmative book into five sections. The first, “Blessed Trinity,” is primarily about finding a spiritual calling and interacting with God. The second, “Identifiable Characteristics,” discusses fate and free will. The rest cover loosely defined themes such as “life’s relationships” and “spiritual challenges” and are subdivided into chapters that address concerns such as poor self-esteem, financial struggles, boundaries, heartbreak, and illness. Within each chapter, there is a primary Bible verse that serves as a springboard for stories culled from the author’s life, quotations from other sources, and advice that highlights Austin’s faith and positive attitude.
The variable formatting and margins, inconsistent fonts, and substantial use of bold type can be distracting and weigh down the narrative. However, Austin’s message is powerful and inspiring. Her tone is casual and warm, and most readers will find something to relate to in her experiences concerning work, parenthood, divorce, and emotional dilemmas. Although devout Christians will be most comfortable with the numerous references to Jesus, Bible passages, and quotes from Christian spiritual books, the genuineness of Austin’s heartfelt and uplifting words may appeal to other readers looking for support during difficult times.
Takeaway: Devout Christians facing life’s challenges will find enrichment and encouragement in Austin’s edifying prayers.
Great for fans of Joyce Meyer’s Trusting God, Day by Day; Joel Osteen’s Daily Readings from Your Best Life Now; Maria Shriver’s I’ve Been Thinking.
Design and typography: C
Marketing copy: B
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Prayers of my Mother: Tiny Pieces of Faith to Help You Believe He is There for You by Carolyn L Austin is a collection of beautiful prayers, meditations, and anecdotes that celebrate the author’s experience of faith, transmitted through her anointed mother. The texts are well-composed and they feature powerful biblical references. In this book, readers will discover the real reason for their faith, find courage to hold onto it even in the midst of harrowing tribulations, and learn to listen to the voice of God that speaks to them through the Scriptures and directly to their hearts.
This book is beautifully written. Divided into five different parts, it traces the author’s spiritual path and creates one that readers can use to travel to God. Readers will learn the different ways of deepening their relationship with God, growing in trust, and increasing their faith. The author’s voice comes across powerfully. It is clear and confident and when she talks about God, the reader is left in no doubt that she is speaking from a place within her heart where she has been touched by the Divine Flame and where she feels unconditionally loved. This book will definitely lead every reader seeking God to arrive at that point of maturity in faith and in the quest for ultimate union with their creator. Carolyn L Austin’s writing is simple and very accessible and I enjoyed the conversational style the author adopts. Prayers of my Mother will transform the way you think about God and yourself, the way you pray, and the way you relate with others. It’s a gift to receive with gratitude, and then pass on."