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Reviewed by Asher Syed for Readers' Favorite
Mary Beth Lovett's book A Lamb For a House: Targeting Your Covenant Promises for Whole Household Salvation begins with a transformative spiritual journey during an Emmaus Walk retreat. Lovett then opens up about the establishment of a home prayer fellowship, drawing insights from John Paul Jackson and focusing on interceding for family salvation. Lovett leans toward themes that include "outer darkness," Bema Seat judgment, and the protective power of Jesus' blood. Lovett reflects on her mother's life, divine interventions at the funeral, and the dreams of those in her life. She expands on Prophetic Intercessors, Old Testament watchmen, and Rahab's story, as well as spiritual encounters that are offered as proof of discernment and prayer's importance. Examples of positive outcomes of persistent prayer include atheist Jim, showing us efficacy and divine timing. Lovett concludes with reflections on prayer's power, an invitation for testimonies, and a blessing prayer for readers' households.
Intercession is probably the area of theological studies in Christianity that I know the least about, and while Mary Beth Lovett covers a wide range of topics in A Lamb For a House, all of them are founded on this subject, and it is for this reason that I was drawn to it. Lovett defines intercession clearly and in language that is accessible, with clean writing and a voice that is both encouraging and authoritative. Lovett's theological foundation is strengthened by the biblical validity that is modeled through scripture. For example, Lovett references direct examples of prophetic intercession in the Bible, proving that the prophets themselves were intercessors. The most interesting section for me is on the concept of the Courts of Heaven, which she links to Daniel 7:9–10, illustrating a heavenly courtroom setting. The application of analogy draws parallels between the earthly legal system and the heavenly courts, providing readers with a practical understanding of approaching God as the Just Judge. Overall, I found Lovett's work to be well-written, relevant, and highly educational, and I am certain others will feel the same way.