Author: Claire Coleman
Publisher: WestBow Press (October 12, 2011)
ISBN-10: 1449725953
ISBN-13: 978-1449725952

This book can change lives. If you believe in the power of prayer, focusing that force in a positive direction sets in motion the ability to alter the course of someone’s destiny. For people of faith, Special Intentions: Remembering Others in Personal Prayer may be the most important new book of the year. People you know, and others you do not know, will be blessed in ways you may never discern after you read the enthralling requests for Godly guidance the author showcases.
 
Author Claire Coleman has lovingly unfurled genuine wisdom with one straightforward idea—say a daily prayer for someone else. We all know that we need look no further than our closest neighbor or best friend to find someone in need of Divine assistance, but the hurly burly rat race often blinds us to others who struggle with profound problems. The heartfelt prayers in this book help you redeploy your prayers in such a way that empathy and compassion acquire whole new meanings.

After a short Introduction, Coleman invites readers to transform their prayer experience simply by praying for others with direct appeals. Every page opens up a new possibility, and many are to people in need that you may have overlooked. Eleven chapters spread out over more than 200 pages, and each chapter pinpoints specific individuals who shoulder burdens that may be desperately in need of God’s intervention. In these troubled times, we easily remember parents, soldiers, children, those who are sick, and those who are unemployed, but we may not have thought of the black sheep of the family that needs help returning to loved ones, the child destined to be bullied, the single father, the single mother, the tutor, the foster parent, or even the misunderstood patron of the arts who thanklessly gives huge amounts of money to charity. All these people need to be uplifted by your personal meditations for Godly support. A little encouragement from our Heavenly Father can go a long way.

Coleman offers for your consideration 198 types of people
ranging from the obvious and beyond, but every one of them will remind you of someone you know or know of. The book layout is nicely produced, and the text fairly glows with well-written words and excellent grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and spelling. There are even several blank pages in the back for taking additional notes. This book is meant to be more than just a quick read that you soon forget. Think of the book as a manual for achieving miracles.

If your prayer life has fallen into a rut of saying grace before a meal or murmuring that long menu of wants you run through before going to sleep, unleash the profoundest power of prayer by redefining your heartfelt pleas with explicit appeals for intervention with others. Jesus said, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” If everyone prayed each day for someone else, we would have more than 8 billion prayers going up to God. If His eyes are on the sparrow and we know He watches us, then directly appealing to Him on someone else’s behalf makes great sense.

Serving others should always involve taking active steps that produce tangible results, but Coleman’s suggestions for first remembering them and their struggles should turn up your prayer volume and help produce significant results. Broaden your prayer life with this powerful and inspiring book. I strongly recommend buying a copy for yourself and several for your friends. Special Intentions: Remembering Others in Personal Prayer by Claire Coleman makes for the best kind of Christmas present this year—one that will keep on giving.
               
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