Title: The Audacious Molly Bruno
Author: Marie Armenia
“Don’t be afraid to ask God to do whatever you want Him to do as long as you are willing to accept whatever He decides to do,” Molly’s Life Lesson #5 states in Marie Armenia’s book, The Audacious Molly Bruno.
~ What ~
This two-hundred-and-seventy-two paperback targets women who want to improve their relationship with God as it pertains to a ninety-two-year-old prayer warrior. After a foreword by Stephen Kendrick and introduction, the book contains thirteen chapters, two appendixes, acknowledgments, author’s biography, and notes. Due to topics of illness and death, it may not be appropriate for immature readers. Using the New International Version of the Holy Bible, the NLT, KJV, and TLB are also referenced.
In this short spiritual biography, daughter of Molly Bruno, a pastor’s wife with a fervent heart toward God, provides over eighty of her mom’s life lessons of showing Jesus’s love. From the writer’s childhood upbringing to being at her mother’s bedside when she passed into glory with God, the story has recipes for being real, prayer, witnessing, understanding of the Bible, and laughter as well as how to be a godly daughter, wife, and mom and more as seen through the author’s mother. Every chapter contains gray highlighted lessons the daughter learned from her courageous and outspoken mom.
~ Why ~
New Yorker Molly was a feisty, opinionated five-foot-two-inch Italian woman who loved the Lord and wanted to share His love with those she met – anyone, anywhere, anytime. I appreciate the detailed observations and perspectives Molly’s daughter shares about this beloved pastor’s wife and her zeal for God as she promotes the power of prayer. Be it praying for protection from a supposed sniper, eliminating hot flashes, or having unexpected bills paid, Molly truly focused on putting God first in her life, and her daughter adored her for being the person the Almighty wanted her to be.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Christ or who have no interest in improving their prayer life will pass on this book. Others may find the writer tends to put her mother on a pedestal at times. Some may feel uncomfortable reading the section on her parent’s dreams and visions.
~ Wish ~
While I enjoyed and agreed with the majority of the book promoting prayer, the second chapter concerned me when Marie writes, “There is something familiar to me when I read the prayer of Jesus in the Gospel of John, chapter 17. It’s because His prayer reminds me of my mother’s prayers. The way Jesus speaks to His Father makes it obvious they know and love one another. Sounds like my mother.” It seems awkward to say Jesus’s prayers are like her mom’s – shouldn’t it be the other way around – her prayers are like Jesus’s?
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a biography of one woman’s prayer life told through the viewpoint of her daughter, this may be a good read. As someone who is ardently trying to pray more, I must remember that God is in control and His will “will be done in earth as it is in heaven” Matthew 6:10 KJV.
Thanks to Hachette Book Group for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.
This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-audacious-molly-bruno-marie-armenia/1127730469