Review of ‘Talk Before Text’
Lisa Cassman wrote “Talk Before Text” so people could be intentional about their communication with God as well as their loved ones through prayer. It encourages readers to slow down with the busyness of their lives and get back into the habit of talking to God and communicating with family and friends, talking about what and who needs our prayers instead of texting. The guide serves a reminder to pray for those who we say we will pray for.
Cassman hopes people will use this reflective journaling guide to help readers pray daily on a wide variety of issues—from praying for our country, churches, schools, and towns, to your friends and family. She advocates for better communication through spiritual wellness. The author feels today individuals are spending more time than ever connected to devices: phones, computers, and the television. But interacting via screens too often means less face-to-face interaction which can have a detrimental impact on interpersonal relationships as well as personal and spiritual wellness. “We need to get back to that communication.”
The guide provides specific ways to improve communicating with family and friends through reflective prayer and journaling experiences. It includes over 70 specific prayers that cover a wide range of people we interact with as well as those we might not have met but need our prayers making life more meaningful. Use of this journaling guide also serves an opportunity to reflect on one’s own prayer practices.
“Talk Before Text” is intended for the reader to write in and pen their thoughts. The journaling guide format is easy to use. There’s flexibility on the readers’ part which prayer to choose for the day, e.g. grandchildren, justice system, humility, athletes. Each section starts with a bible verse specific for the intended type of prayer, followed by a question pertinent to the bible verse. Readers are encouraged to reflect on the chosen bible verse of the day followed by a reminder to give thanks for the Lord’s blessing.
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