Review: Grandparenting with a Purpose

paperback book on grandparenting

 I just finished reading a wonderful book by Lillian Ann Penner, Grandparenting with a Purpose: Effective Ways to Pray for Your Grandchildren. (Crossbooks Publishing) I loved it!

About The Book

Maybe your grandchildren are living with you. Maybe they're thousands of miles away. Their parents may be spiritually rebellious or simply neglectful of the family's spiritual life, failing to make prayer and church attendance a regular part of their routine. But even if your grandchildren's parents have established a strong Christian home, busy schedules, jobs, parenting, and all the distractions of today's world conspire to distract or even destroy the family. How can you, as a grandparent, help? God gives grandparents a sacred trust-an opportunity to imprint another generation with the message of his faithfulness. You can stand in the gap by being a godly example for your grandchildren and by praying for them. Even grandparents who already pray regularly for their grandchildren will discover creative suggestions for making the practice even more meaningful. From cell phones to photo prayer journals, you'll find tools that work for you-and for your grandchildren. Author Lillian Ann Penner provides specific examples of prayers to help you get started, such as alphabet prayers, prayers based on special scriptures, and prayers for certain holidays. You may even widen the circle, praying for other children in your life, for children who have parents in the military, and for the adults who influence your grandchildren. Regardless of how far away your grandchildren are, praying for them can bridge the distance between you and leave them with an inheritance more precious than gold.

My Review 

To hear a grandmother praying will deeply touch your heart. The more you read, each prayer will echo your desires, hope, and dreams for your grandchildren. This book is meant to be personal because you are lifting your loved ones up in prayer by name to the Lord. You will be encouraged as a generation to be available in nurturing and caring for your grandchildren by letting them know you are praying for them. What a legacy to be known as a praying grandparent, with the timeless gift of prayer.

The author shares alphabet prayers, scriptural praying, and prayers for certain holidays. The book focuses upon standing in the gap with intercessory prayer, with specific points for our grandchildren regarding back to school, making wise choices and choosing friends wisely. You'll find testimonials, profile sheet templates, and suggestions on making a photo prayer journal. I learned some specific ways to not only pray for your own grandchildren but also their friends, as well as those in your neighborhood.


5/5 stars. Highly recommend.

I was not compensated in any way, in exchange for my honest review, from  www.ChristianReviewofBooks.com  

About The Author

Lillian Ann Penner is an author, speaker, and grandmother residing with her husband, John, in Portland, Oregon. They have been married for more than fifty years and have three married sons and nine grandchildren.

Penner is the national prayer coordinator for Christian Grandparenting Network (CGN), and she writes about her passion of intentional praying grandparents for CGN's website. She is involved in leadership in the women's Bible study, the fifty-five plus group in her church, and leads a Grandparents@Prayer group.

She has been active in church ministry for over fifty years, led an outreach ministry for young mothers, a mentoring ministry for women, and various other church ministries. She has participated in short term missions in Ukraine and volunteered with several Christian ministries.
She and her husband enjoy traveling, but most of all, enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren. 


Grandparenting with a Purpose: Effective Ways to Pray for Your Grandchildren


photo of my five grandchildren: LadyD Books

I am blessed to have 5 wonderful grandchildren to pray for daily. I love them so!






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