First off, let me say I am not a “physical books are the only real books” type of person. I listen to books quite a bit in my car. For novels, I prefer my Kindle. For non-fiction (business, faith, productivity, etc.) I like to read physical books so I can highlight, jot notes, and find everything by flipping.
After all…If you have a physical copy, you’ll use it.
Here are three simple reasons why…
First: You’ll see it.
Since this book is written for parents (although grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. use it too) I’m guessing you are a parent. If your house is anything like my house, it also means you have more things to think about at any given time than your brain has the capacity to process!
If your copy of Bible Praying for Parents is tucked away in the Kindle app on your phone, you’ll forget. (Not judging. Just saying.) If it’s sitting on your bathroom counter or with your Bible, you’ll see it – and use it.
Second: It’s easier.
This isn’t a Bible study manual. It’s a book of short prayers and blessings. Did you notice the word “short?”
While I certainly hope this book will lead to longer times of prayer (especially when you use Section 2 on Categories), or conversations about the content and meaning of a blessing, the actual time you will spend looking at the book on a typical day will be 60-90 seconds.
If you have a physical copy, you’ll flip it open to the daily prayer – or flip to one of the blessings. If you have to find your Kindle, or open the app on your phone or computer, you won’t do it. (At least not consistently.)
Third: You’ll remember to pray at other times.
One cool thing about the way God crafted our brains is that our brains love “connections” and “triggers.” Obviously, I want you to use Bible Praying for Parents to pray for your kids. But I also want you to pray at lots of other times in lots of other ways!
If you see your copy laying on the table or counter as you walk out the door, it will be a reminder to pray for your kids as you drive to work, the store, or to pick them up at soccer practice.
Go ahead and grab a physical copy of Bible Praying for Parents. Then use it. And when you see it let it be a reminder (to you and to me) to pray for our children without ceasing. (1 Thess 5:17)