Can the next generation become passionate followers of God, equipped and ready to fulfill their destinies? Christian parents and mentors are entrusted with the call to nurture and train hearts, releasing children to excel in loving and seeking God. In Raising Burning Hearts, Patricia Bootsma draws on her experience of raising six children and mentoring many others, and shares the profound and hopeful news that this calling is not beyond our reach. Combining practicality and spiritual understanding, Patricia covers important strategies that are often overlooked, like the power of blessing our children, of prophetically declaring truth over them, and of teaching young ones how to hear God’s voice, seek Him in the Word, and be constant in prayer. Sharing tangible applications and real-life testimonies, Patricia assures us that parents and mentors can fulfill their heavenly mandate—to raise up and release next generation lovers of God into their epic purpose.
Shortly after I finished Unceasing, I started with Raising Burning Hearts by Patricia Bootsma. Although Patricia is not from IHOP in Kansas City, she’s leading a House of Prayer in Toronto and this book is being published under IHOP’s Forerunner Publishing. I’m really interested in mentoring/leadership books and the phrase “Parenting and Mentoring Next Generation Lovers of God” caught my eye but I’m not sure this book delivered what it promised.
From the very beginning Patricia states the main audience of her book:
“This book is designed for the parent who longs primarily for their children to excel in what really matters in life – loving God…” p.1
But then she adds:
“This book is also for those who mentor children, teenagers, and young adults, not necessarily as biological but as spiritual parents.” p.1
That was a relief to me, since I’m not a biological father but I’m considered as a mentor by some young people. But it was just a momentary relief because just after a few pages I discovered Patricia’s intentions to widen her message were hindered by the language and expressions that came from her family and experiences with her children.
There’s nothing wrong with this, but I had a hard time trying to relate my own experiences of being a mentor but not a father. Yes, there are many great principles that can be applied whether you are a biological father or not, but I’m pretty sure parents would enjoy Patricia’s stories about raising her children more than single guys like me would.
Although this is a small book, only 130 pages, it deals with specific details about the seasons in the life of every person, in this case Patricia’s children, and how we can make a difference in each one of these seasons cultivating healthy spiritual habits that will produce big changes in their future.
The amount of personal examples and experiences in this book is overwhelming, just like the extensive promotion to IHOP and its different programs. Raising Burning Hearts was an interesting reading, one that finishes with an appendix in how to experience a supernatural childbirth, and no I’m not talking about a spiritual supernatural childbirth, but a literal one. Now do you see my point?
I received a copy of this book for free from Forerunner Publishing for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.