Book Review: Prayers That Changed History

Tricia Goyer is both an author and a homeschool mom. I thought this book would be a great compliment to our homeschool history lessons. . .and it is. We have read 2 or 3 along with our study on World War 2. They help us see the Christian leaders and how they changed the world alongside the history presented in our regular history book.

Prayers That Changed History shares the stories of 25 historical people throughout history including: Christopher Columbus, John Newton, Billy Sunday, Helen Keller, Corrie ten Boom and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Goyer encourages readers to ask themselves some questions as they read through each person's story, such as, "What would have happened if this person hadn't prayed and acted on their calling?"

Each chapter includes historical information on each person featured along with a prayer that they prayed that changed history. As the chapter nears the end, Goyer encourages readers to answer some questions related to that featured historical person's story. I found this book to be enjoyable and easy to learn from in reading on my own, but my son and I also found it to be good to talk through as we read each story out loud for school, answered the questions and discussed their role in history. It would be great for homeschooling families, of course, but also great for any family to use during their family reading or devotional time to learn more together. Ultimately, Goyer also hopes readers learn that God can use prayer to change things. I highly recommend it.

I received this book at no charge from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review.

About the Author
USA Today bestselling author Tricia Goyer is the author of more than 40 books, including the novelization for Moms’ Night Out. She has written over 500 articles for national publications and blogs for high traffic sites like and Tricia and her husband, John, live in Little Rock, Arkansas, where Tricia coordinates a Teen MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group. They have six children.


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