As a counselor at a Christian high school, Ms. V is in a unique position to know of personal struggles that students may not have shared with anyone else. Seeing her job as a ministry, she faithfully prays for young people. I have to admit that at first, Ms. V seemed a little "too much" with her verbal blessings spoken over everyone she met. The audience for this book is definitely Christian and I think readers who are not believers will struggle to connect with the story.
As the book went on, however, I have to say that I was impressed with the range of topics that were introduced: sexual pressure in dating, abusive grooming, communicating with parents, academic struggles, and choosing what to do after high school. Ms. V helped students think critically (and Biblically) about each of the struggles they faced. She was a compassionate listener who genuinely cared about what the students were going through. I think it could be a good book for teens to read just to have an opportunity to see how God factors into their struggles.
I loved the representation of the spiritual battle that goes on behind the veil of what our eyes can see. Ms. V was wrestling with the principalities of darkness in prayer and the enemy was putting up a fight. Sprinkled throughout the book are little clues that Ms. V's health may be in danger and readers will be wondering whether she will make it through her own struggles as she so valiantly fights and prays for others. My teen daughters listened to some of the audiobook and they too, got caught up in the story. Reading or listening to it as a family would offer a segue into discussing some important issues teens or their friends may be struggling with.
Disclaimer: I received a free digital audiorecording of The Prayer Warrior through NetGalley for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received.
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