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YA Friday–READ: Praying for Your Future Husband by Robin Jones Gunn and Tricia Goyer

Posted by on May 13, 2011 in Pray, Praying for Your Future Husband, Robin Jones Gunn, Tricia Goyer, YA | 28 comments

Today marks the start of a new Read. Write. Pray. feature. Since much of my work involves young adults (teens and above), I’ve decided to focus Friday posts on their needs and interests. I’ll go for “occasional” right now and work toward “regular” as we go. Extra shoutouts and hugs to my Awe Star and Never the Same/SUSIE Magazine friends!
My inaugural post is a READ review of an amazing new book by two of my favorite authors: Robin Jones Gunn and Tricia Goyer. I chose to receive a free review copy of their latest title. Although I’d love to keep it, I want to share it. (See my note below to find out how.)
Moms, dad, grandparents, and friends of either sex—this book makes a delightful graduation, engagement, birthday, or end-of-the-school-year gift. Check it out!
Praying for Your Future Husband: Preparing Your Heart for His (Multnomah, 2011) presents a unique look at a crucial topic. Thousands of young women, including my four daughters, have grown up on Robin Jones Gunn’s novels. Imperfect-but-real characters like Todd and Christy, Sierra, and Katie have drawn many to relationships that reflect the purity of Christ.
So why a nonfiction book with this subject? Because it’s needed. Because it’s necessary. And because Robin and Tricia present it in a way no one else could. 
Both authors share their personal stories—including Tricia’s heartbreaking one of teen pregnancy—as a part of the prayer journey they travel alongside their readers. The adventure comes in short, reader-friendly bursts that explore the background for each of twelve prayer topics. Chapters such as “Pray He Will Be a God Lover” and “Pray for Protection” emphasize application to readers’ lives along with a sample prayer to match each topic. 
I especially loved the book’s bonus features: chapter-ending questions suitable for journaling or small group discussion and a selection of Scriptures to pray for your future husband.
Young friends, I believe in you. Your generation, surrendered to Christ, has the passion to change the world. This kind of transformation starts at home and in your heart. Buy and read this powerful book, but move beyond reading to prayer. You (and your future marriage) will never be the same.
WIN  THE REVIEW COPY: Leave a comment on this review (or, if you have trouble commenting, via email through the “contact” link to the right) by midnight Sunday, May 15, and I’ll enter your name in a drawing to win the book. US addresses only, please.


  1. Hi Marti!!! I’d love to read this book 🙂 Thanks for the opportunity!

  2. Great, Ruthie! I couldn’t help but see the connection between it and your sweet Facebook post. I’ll post the winner on Monday!

  3. We’d like a copy to add to our library!

  4. Aww, Marcie, it would make a great addition. And you seem to specialize in those. 🙂

  5. I’ve had this book on my wish list for a little while. With three girls I think it’s a must have.

  6. I hope we don’t have to be a “young friend” to qualify! I’m an about-to-be 30 yr. old who would love to read this book! Thanks for the chance to win! 🙂

  7. I have been wanting to read this book.

  8. I’m intrigued by this book. Would love to win a copy for my daughter who is 17. muschfarm(at)yahoo(dot)com

  9. I’ve been single for a LONG time and I think I NEED to learn to pray better! Please enter me in your drawing and then be sure to pick my name out of the hat!! Lisa C

  10. I would love to have a copy for my 17 year old grand daughter……

  11. This is a book I’ve been looking at since Tricia first spoke about it!

  12. This is the exact book I’ve been looking for! It is definitely on my must read list.

  13. Thank you all so much. Robin and Tricia have done a beautiful job expressing their hearts and the heart of the Father. I’ll post the winner on Monday!

  14. And Kristy B.–of course there’s no age requirement for the winner. The book has a specific target audience but a broad application.

  15. OH wow! Another great book coming along. Wish I could get a copy of it. I already have the new one by Jackie Johnson: When Love Ends and the Ice Cream carton is empty. I will just hope and pray I get a copy of it. Thanks to you all that is trying to win this one.

  16. My information is:

  17. Thank you, Bekki. I will enter you in the drawing, too.

  18. I would love to win this book for my daughter. Thanks for offering it.


  19. REBECCA is the winner of my review copy of Praying for Your Future Husband! I’ll try to contact you through your blog, Rebecca, or you can email me at marti (at) martipieper (dot) com with your contact information. Thanks so much to all who entered. And welcome back anytime!

  20. I’d love to read this book! :]

  21. It’s great, Lauren–I hope you have the opportunity one day!

  22. I’d love to read it too 🙂

  23. I would love to have this book. I have wanted to read it for a long time. Thanks for the opportunity! 🙂

  24. I would love this book. With all my friends having boyfriends it makes me feel out of the loop but I want to wait for God.I would love to read what this book has to say.

  25. I would love to read this book even though i am in the process of getting married real soon i would still like to be able to pray for my future husband, and this book like all your others is bound to be a good read.

  26. I want this book so much. I have believed in the idea of praying for youre future husband. I even write him letters and put them in a shoe box in my closet:). I would really like to read this book.

  27. Would love to get a copy of this for my sister! Thanks!

  28. Thanks to all who commented. Please revisit and share the Read.Write.Pray. journey!

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