Sunday, August 26, 2018

Book Review - The Audacious Molly Bruno


THE AUDACIOUS MOLLY BRUNO, written by her daughter MARIE ARMENIA, is a holy and hilarious mentoring resource for women who desperately long for wisdom from a Godly mother-someone who is a living example of practical experience and steadfast faith. It is also a wakeup call for older women of faith, encouraging them to embrace the calling of Titus 2:3-5 to mentor younger women about what's truly important in life.

"When I think of my mother's prayers," author Marie writes, "I remember the prayer she prayed every morning without fail, 'Lord, please send someone my way today that I can tell about you.' Everyone (and I mean everyone) who met Molly Bruno fell in love with her. This includes the Kendrick Brothers, who wrote and directed the film War Room. During filming of the movie, they met Molly, calling her the modern-day Ms. Clara of War Room. She inspired them, just like she inspired everyone around her. When she prayed, she got answers.

Molly lived a lifetime of believing she could boldly approach the very throne of God 'with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.' My mother didn't teach me how to pray any more than she taught me how to breathe. I saw her pray REAL prayers, using REAL words addressed to a REAL God. I learned by observing my mother's prayer life that the last thing on earth that should be edited is a prayer. Shameless audacity. Those words remind me of my mother's approach to prayer. She had no fear of God's displeasure or that He might scold her for asking for impossible things. She had no need to edit her heart to the One she loved. She knew He knew her heart. Having settled this between herself and God, she asked. And asked again. And got incredible answers time and time again."

THE AUDACIOUS MOLLY BRUNO will teach you how to pray with fervent hope, deep joy and abiding faith.


Marie has traveled the country as a singer/songwriter and keynote women's retreat speaker. She is the former producer, writer, and on-air hostess of "The Marie Show," a television broadcast for women, which aired on seven Christian TV stations in the northeast until 1991. She is the author of more than 300 magazine articles and various columns for Lifeway magazines, including Christian Single, Living with Teenagers, HomeLife, More Living, and Mature Living. She also authored curriculum for Lifeway's Explore The Bible series. Marie currently writes a monthly humor column for Mature Living magazine. She also writes for several other faith-based publications. 
"I feel a strong desire to do whatever I can to awaken the sleeping army of powerful, mature, godly women and to remind them that the enemy is having a field day with half the Lord's army: women," Marie says. "If God created the family to be the cornerstone of human existence on earth, then it is no small assignment for older more mature women to be the love of God to those women who are the hub of that family. "


This has to be one of the best books I've ever read because it inspires me to live a life of prayer! I love that Molly Bruno made prayer a normal part of her daily life - something I really want for my own life. 

If you have ever seen the movie, The War Room (something I highly recommend you do!), you'll remember the character of Miss Clara, the praying woman who had a war room of prayer. That character was based on Molly Bruno! So that tells you a lot about the kind of woman Molly Bruno was. She's the kind of godly woman I would like to be!

This book is so enjoyable to read. We learn about Molly from her daughter, Marie Armenia, and she tells a delightful story of a woman who enjoyed life, people, and loved her family. She has a wonderful sense of humor and someone I would have liked to have known in real life. 

I love that there are Molly's Life Lessons throughout the book, and even better, they are all listed in the back of the book. These are common-sense, faithful things that Molly believed and they are things I would like to implement into my own life. Some of my favorites are:

  • Don't assume you know the whole story of someone else's life. You never know but God does. Pray.
  • A fake prayer is a waste of your time and God's.
  • Don't let the storms of your life keep you from telling others about Jesus.
  • A day without prayer, is a day without peace.
I have been so blessed by this book. It has made me refocus my energy on what is important in this life. My relationship with Jesus, prayer, and my family. This is definitely book that I will be keeping out and ready to be perused when I need encouragement. It's a wonderful book that I am so glad I got to read! I highly, highly recommend this book and give it 5 out of 5 stars! I hope you'll pick up a copy of your own!

*This book was provided to me by Hachette books.  I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.

The Audacious Molly Bruno: Amazing Stories from the Life of a Powerful Woman of Prayer

Blessings - Julie

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