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Prayers That Changed History

post written by Emma Filbrun

Prayers That Changed History by Tricia GoyerTitle: Prayers That Changed History
Author: Tricia Goyer
Major Themes: British People of WWII, Prayer
Synopsis: With stories about 25 people throughout Christian history who prayed, this book helps children learn to pray.

Prayers That Changed History gives us a unique look at history. Tricia Goyer, a homeschooling mom, wrote the book as an encouragement to all of us, and especially children, to pray. We never know the impact our prayers might have on other people and even the course of history. Most of the people mentioned are quite familiar—who hasn’t heard of George Mueller or Amy Carmichael? Some are more obscure, though; do you know what Robert Raikes did for mankind?

Each of the 25 chapters begins with a picture of the person highlighted, and the dates of that person’s life, and then you get to read a story from the person’s life, describing a particular time that he/she prayed specifically for something. Then, the author gives “Something to Think About”–application to our lives today. Following this is the result in history of the person’s prayer, and then a story in the Bible that is somewhat similar to the story just told. Following this is more application and a final statement to cement the lesson.

I appreciated this look at history. Most of the stories were already quite familiar, but I had never read the one Tricia Goyer told about Amy Carmichael. It was an amazing testimony of the power of prayer!

Prayers That Changed History would be a wonderful resource to accompany a study of Christians throughout history, as well as a good devotional. I would recommend having middle school or high school children read it, maybe a chapter a week.

I received this book free from the publisher through the® book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

No warnings!

Age Levels:

Read Aloud—Ages 5 – 8, 8 – 12, 10 – 13, Family Read Alouds
Reading Independently—Ages 10 – 12, 12 – 15, 15 and Above, Adults


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Amy Carmichael, Billy Sunday, Catherine Booth, Christopher Columbus, Constantine, Corrie ten Boom, David Livingstone, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Florence Nightingale, George Muller, Helen Keller, John Eliot, John Hyde, John Newton, Martin Luther, Mary Jones, Mother Teresa, Oswald, Polycarp, Robert Raikes, Sojourner Truth, St. Patrick, Susanna Wesley, William Bradford

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