a novelization by Chris Fabry, based on the Motion Picture by Alex Kendrick & Stephen Kendrick
Review by Jonell Loeffler
“If………. My people who are called by My name humble themselves, pray and seek My face, and turn from their evil ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.”
“…..Raise up more that will call on Your name. Raise up those that love You and seek You and trust You. Raise them up, Lord, raise them up!
Lord, we need a generation of believers who are not ashamed of the gospel. We need an army of believers who hate to be lukewarm and will stand up on Your Word above all else. Raise ‘em up Lord, Raise them up.
I pray for unity among those that love You. I pray You open their eyes so that they can see Your truth. I pray for Your hand of protection and guidance.
Raise up a generation, Lord, that will take light into this world. That will not compromise under pressure, that will not cower when others fall away. Raise them up Lord, that they will proclaim that there is salvation in the name of Jesus Christ. Raise up warriors who will fight on their knees, who will worship you with their whole hearts. Lord, call us to battle, that we may proclaim You King of kings and Lord or lords.
I pray these things with all my heart…..Raise them up, Lord, raise them up.”
~Miss Clara, War Room, (Pages 393-395)
With her marriage coming apart at the seams and the worry that her husband is looking elsewhere real estate agent Elizabeth Jordon lists the home of Miss Clara, a prayer warrior. When first meeting Miss Clara, Elizabeth is taken back by Miss Clara’s brash questioning of her personal life, especially her spiritual life. Miss Clara, who later becomes a good friend and mentors Elizabeth on how to pray, how to wait upon the Lord, how to ask God to change her own heart and how to pray for the acceptance of God’s will in her life, uses a metaphor to point out where Elizabeth’s spiritual life is by serving her “lukewarm” coffee.
Miss Clara meanwhile prays that God will unchain Elizabeth’s heart.
Elizabeth is intrigued with Miss Clara’s “War Room”—her prayer closet and as she finally comes to the conclusion that not only is her marriage worth fighting for, but that she can’t do it without God’s help, she sets up her own prayer closet.
As so often happens when we ask God to help us, we must go through the fire of being refined, so Elizabeth and her husband Tony are put to the test as they deal with their deteriorating marriage and Tony’s unethical behavior. But how God helps them deal with the consequences as they learn to turn everything over to God is the essence of the book.
This book not only teaches total surrender through prayer but gives a blueprint for a life of prayer including setting up a prayer closet or a War Room as Miss Clara calls it. It deals with the battles we face every day with evil forces in this world and our wrestle with God through prayer to beat Satan and His will to be done, not ours.
I realize that the book was written after the movie was produced which I feel gave it a stiffer beginning as at first I felt the book was stiff and contrived but after reading several pages I was pulled into the story and read the rest of the book in one sitting.
No matter where a Christian is in their relationship with God and their prayer life, this book, even though fiction, can offer suggestions for improving it.
I found this book not only a good story, but will add many of the quotes and prayers to my own prayer journal. I give it five armchairs and highly recommend it!! I will also most likely get the accompanying study guides so that I might deepen my own prayer life.
This book is basically for the Christian believer. I do not feel that non-believers would benefit from the story as one has to first have faith in order to accept a life of prayer and total surrender to God.
It is available to read from our Church Library. One can also buy it on Amazon where accompanying study books are also offered, including The Battle Plan for Prayer: From Basic Training to Targeted Strategies by Stephen Kendrick, and War Room Bible Study – Bible Study Book by Stephen Kendrick.
Reading this book would be a great “Fellowship” course using one of the accompanying study guides. There are some questions at the end of the book to get the conversation going.