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Juggling motherhood and her job as a real-estate agent, Elizabeth Jordan wishes her husband could help more around the house. But Tony’s rising career as a pharmaceutical salesman demands more and more of his time. With a nice home in the suburbs and a lovely young daughter, they appear to have it all—yet they can’t seem to spend time together without fighting.
Hoping for a new listing, Elizabeth visits the home of Clara Williams, an elderly widow, and is both amused and uncomfortable when Clara starts asking pointed questions about her marriage and faith. But it’s Clara’s secret prayer room, with its walls covered in requests and answers, that has Elizabeth most intrigued . . . even if she’s not ready to take Clara’s suggestion that she create a prayer room of her own. As tensions at home escalate, though, Elizabeth begins to realize that her family is worth fighting for, and she can’t win this battle on her own. Stepping out in blind faith, putting her prayers for her family and their future in God’s hands, might be her only chance at regaining the life she was meant for.
God brings Clara and Elizabeth together when Elizabeth desperately needs the older woman’s wise counsel. Taking to heart Ephesians 6:12 (“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens.”), Clara helps Elizabeth focus her “fight” in the right direction.
While critics may find the book “preachy,” War Room tells a story many Christians today need to hear. We need to get on our knees and fight the battle before us.
There is hope offered in War Room — hope for healing and restoration through the power of God. I am concerned that those whose experiences are different (whose spouses still choose to walk away, for instance) may feel discouraged by this story, as if they didn’t pray right, or perhaps God didn’t hear or care about them. Restoration takes two, and God allows us each to make our own decisions. Your story may not seem like it has a happy ending, but if you continue to seek the Lord, He will walk you through whatever comes.
I appreciated the real-life example of what prayer can do in the lives of believers. The reminder is timely — we need to be on our knees!
(I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts expressed here are entirely my own.)