CTM Publishing – The Pray-ers {review}

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The Power of Prayer

We were offered the opportunity to review Mark S. Mirza’s new Christian historical fiction book called The Pray-ers / Book 1 Troubles by CTM Publishing Atlanta. The Pray-ers has a powerful message about the importance of prayer.

The Pray-ers / Book 1 Troubles

What is the Pray-ers about?

The Pray-ers is Novel #1 – called Troubles. The end of the book mentions that there will be a Novel #2 called – Spiritual Warfare. In my opinion the premise of this book is to guide the reader to the knowledge and understanding of how important and powerful prayer is through fictional story. Also, to acknowledge the very true presence of spiritual warfare. As just mentioned, it looks as if there will be more of an emphasis on spiritual warfare in the second novel.

The story line is about different fictional characters based in three different eras who are all faced with problems and trials. There is also much reference to demons and angels fighting for these characters in the spiritual realm.

During the story there will be references to situations that are mentioned in the Bible. The author clearly gives you the scripture reference at the bottom of each page for you to look up and cross reference.

The author includes an extremely helpful tool at the end of the book. There is a section for reference that explains the eras in which the stories takes place and even a time frame of how long it takes place.
The characters are listed in alphabetical order and their proper name pronunciation is explained along with a description of who they are and how they fit into the story. This is very helpful because some of the character names are hard to pronounce by just looking at the spelling. Also, there are numerous characters in this story line and this helps you keep track of who they are and where they fit into the story.

The Pray-ers / Book 1 Troubles

Who read The Pray-ers?

Originally our daughter, who is currently 12 years old at the time of this review, was the one who was going to read this book. She is an avid reader and truly adores a good book. However, after a few chapters she was struggling to understand the story line and the direction of the book and asked if she could be excused from reading any further. So I took over and started reading The Pray-ers myself.

What did we think of the Novel?

I vow to be completely honest with my readers about everything I write, reviews are no exception. So what you are about to read is our (myself and daughter) honest thoughts of this book.

First off I want to express that I have NOT finished the book because the original plan was for Miss Butterfly to read this. Because she struggled with understanding the book she did not get as far into the book as I’d hoped. By the time I started reading the book it was late into our review period time and there was no time to finish the book before I had to give my opinion and write my review. Therefor, I was not as far along as I’d hoped either! I did skip ahead in the chapters and start reading so I could get an idea of where the story had gone.

I want to share that I truly love the concept of the message the author is trying to portray: for Christians to not just know about God but to truly know God and have an intimate relationship with Him and the importance of prayer. 

The author reveals the importance of prayer and why we sometimes pray but never see the answers. How we often pray and Thank God (making us the center) and we don’t Praise God. (making Him the center)

Different characters are faced with different trials in different time periods. Trials that are being fought not only in their lives but also in the spiritual realm.

Here’s where my honest opinion comes in to play. I can totally understand where a child would be confused by this novel. After reading some of it myself, I am glad my daughter decided to stop. Whereas the message is good, the content is not one of that for children. (in my opinion) There are situations that a child can’t comprehend. I would certainly allow my children to read this (if they wish) when they are much older but definitely not when they are 8, 10, and 12.

Here’s an example of a line in chapter 22 that I would not want my children to read: {setting the stage – men are meeting in a chapel for a Men’s Prayer Group} “As Dale stood at the door watching the men, he couldn’t help but be reminded of something he had learned very early on. “How wrong,” he thought, “the psycho-babble that says that men are beyond ‘intimate’ relationships that have nothing to do with sex.”  Whereas this is not an inappropriate read for adults I don’t think that children would understand the context in which it was written.

As far as the story line itself, I think the message is a wonderful message and one that needs to be brought to the forefront, but for me there were too many characters to keep up with and too many eras and directions. I really don’t want to come across as being negative about this novel. There were many good nuggets of information that I felt worthy of underlining and diving deeper into. The author expresses a strong presence of demons in this book. Again, demons are real and the warfare is very much real, but a little beyond the comprehension of children.

The Pray-ers / Book 1 Troubles
Author Mark S. Mirza

Final Thoughts

If you are an adult I think this is a great read and I can’t wait to finish reading it. I will NOT be using it as a read aloud to our children and will NOT allow them to read it until they are an adult or can distinguish and understand the content.

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