Friends! I mustn’t let one more minute fly by without revealing a discovery I predict will change every reader’s prayer life. It’s a delightful discovery because it’s based on the woman who inspired the character, Miss Clara, in the movie War Room.
Molly Bruno is the incredible prayer warrior we become acquainted with. We get lovely sneak peeks into Molly’s life, thanks to her daughter, Marie Armenia, who authored the book.
The Foreword is by Stephen Kendrick of the Kendrick brothers who co-wrote and produced the movie War Room. Molly became friends with them and with the cast (including Priscilla Shirer, Beth Moore, etc.) She especially became close with Stephen.
She prayed for the movie fervently during production, sadly passing away just as it came out. However, the crew sent her the movie early so she could see how it turned out. She declared she was proud of every single detail.
This inspiring book includes, get ready for this: EIGHTY, count ‘em 80, Life Lessons from Molly. Each chapter includes recipes for:
PLUS, the end of the book has two appendices: One of the list of Molly’s Life lessons AND the recipe for Molly’s Meatballs! What a resource to treasure!
First I’d like to share a couple of endorsements and then I’ll share just a few highlights without giving away too much of the book. There’s so much you’ll be blown away by, I don’t want to spoil the discoveries for you!
Tim Enloe said, “The secret of Molly’s life was that she was wonderfully, unusually dependent upon Jesus.”
Ralph Duncan said, “Molly Bruno models how an ordinary mother can partner with God in shaping the world!”
Ivey Harrington Beckmann said, “Molly Bruno did not walk on water, but she was the hands and feet of Jesus wherever she went…Marie Armenia has captured the effervescent soul of her mom and given women the lifeline of Molly’s exceptional wisdom so they can navigate the rough seas of life with faith, hope, and laughter.” (Don’t miss that word “lifeline!”)
One of the first things we learn about Molly is revealed to us by her daughter, Marie. Marie declares her mother was “a nuclear -powered witnessing machine.” We readers get to see Molly in action, first-hand. Molly and Marie take us by the hand and mentor us along the way.
Marie tells us that prayer for her mom “was like eating candy to her—a sweet JOY to her.” It was Molly’s way of living. Her two-word solution was always, “Let’s pray.” It’s not a coincidence that 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says, “Pray continually.”
Chapter Two contains one of my many favorite Life Lessons, #14:
This lesson came on the heels of 9/11 hitting in New York City, the very week Marie and her husband were moving her parents to Nashville, Tennessee from the Big Apple. Lo, and behold, with the terrorist attack and all that came with it, there were no moving vans in NYC.
Marie kept trying to relay the severity of the situation to her mother who was not to be dissuaded, praying like she always did. It wasn’t three more minutes until the phone rang and a man from a moving company posed the most curious question, “Does anyone there need a moving truck?”
No, I’m not kidding, and this kind of scenario is in every single chapter. You will flip, I promise. (And don’t miss the chapter on dreams. Uncanny and total proof our Lord is in every detail of our lives.)
And, I love Molly’s Life Lesson #16: “If prayer is your first response in every situation, it will become your children’s first response in every situation.” That should make us all parent differently, huh?
Chapter Four is hands down another favorite: “The Recipe for Reading and Understanding the Bible.” Marie tells us her parents, who were married for seventy-two years, recited Hebrews 4:12 in unison every night before they fell asleep:
Marie reveals her son recorded her parents reciting Scripture together because what could be more beautiful than seeing this sweet couple in their 90’s, reciting Scripture? Marie said, “It’s like they were memorizing their marching orders from their heavenly Commander in Chief.”
This rolls right into Molly’s Life lesson #27: “There is no age limit on memorizing Scripture. Do it with your children and your grandchildren. And keep doing it until you see the Lord.”
Here’s where we need to call upon Rob Morgan’s excellent book, 100 Bible Verses Everyone Should Know by Heart for a little help. Just a thought…
Chapter Seven is killer funny and killer convicting. The subject? “The Recipe for Being a Wife.”
Here’s THE question: “Would You Want to Come Home to You?”
Marie tosses us these two verses: “Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife…Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and nagging wife.” Proverbs 21:9,19
Yes, well, we all know the saying, “If Mama Ain’t Happy, Ain’t Nobody Happy.” I remember hearing one of our boys saying, “Steer clear of Mom, she’s in a mood.” Super proud of that. Sigh.
Molly taught Marie, “The wife sets the tone for the home.” And she takes it a step further teaching us to, “overlook what someone else was doing to me in an attempt to see why God was allowing it to happen…Nothing touches me unless God allows it. What is God trying to teach me by allowing this in my life? Is there something He is trying to dig out of my heart?”
Let’s discuss just one more wee, tiny point and then y’all can dive into the rest of the book…Chapter Eight is the “Recipe for Being a Mom.”
One of my very first Bible studies I attended included the part in Genesis where Abraham was asked by God to sacrifice his one and only son, Isaac, who he and Sarah had waited for for years and years, even decades. (See Genesis 22) I could not grasp how in the world Abraham could have the faith and trust in the Lord to prepare his one and only son to be sacrificed. (Still have trouble with it, truth be told. Still learning, Lord. Doubting Thomas is the first friend in Heaven I wish to talk to…)
I was struck by what Molly said to her daughter with faith as bold as Abraham: “Marie , if you wind up in China because that’s God’s will for your life and I never see you again while we both live on this earth, that’s fine. I’d rather never see you again and know you are in the center of God’s will for your life than to have you live right next door to me and be out of the will of God.”
This, my friends, is HUGE. Can you/could you say such? I immediately thought of our friends, Nancy and Matthew Sleeth, whose two children and spouses and one granddaughter (and one grandson arriving this month, Lord willing) all live in Africa as missionaries. I recounted Molly’s words recently to Nancy saying I’d thought of her with her kids clear across the world. Nancy smiled and said, “Yes, but we will have eternity together.” Gulp. I realized at that very second my own petite faith had miles to go to reach that kind of trust.
Oh, now you know what I’m going to say, “Run, don’t walk to your nearest bookstore and snag The Audacious Molly Bruno!” There’s so much more to becoming acquainted with a quintessential, inspirational 92-year-old prayer warrior. Savor all eighty of her lessons and share them with your family and friends.
‘Til next time!