Social media is such a wonderful way to meet new people. I have met a number of writers through Facebook and Twitter and developed some truly entertaining friendships. I’ve found the indie writer community very welcoming and supportive so when Zari Banks posted that she was looking for blog tour hosts I was eager to help out.
Banks is a published author, freelance writer, master teacher, small business owner, editor, blogger, speaker, and mother. Banks grew up in Kennewick, Washington, and relocated to Arizona where she attended graduate school at the University of Arizona. Her new book, The 10 Commandments of Prayer: Praying the Will of God for Your Children is now available in paperback.
Tell us about your new book.
The 10 Commandments of Prayer: Praying the Will of God for Your Children was divinely downloaded to me one morning after two days of praying Proverbs 8:12 which reads, “Wisdom dwells with prudence, and gives me knowledge of witty inventions.” I pray the scriptures. That’s how prayers get answered, and this book is evidence of it. After asking God to give me a ‘witty invention’ He gave me a book that I can use for income, and that’s in line with His will which means it will be successful (Matthew 6:10; Proverbs 16:3; Deuteronomy 8:18). This is my fourth book on prayer, and it examines The Ten Commandments, and teaches how to pray and declare those desires for our conduct into our children’s lives.
In May God gave me a prophecy in which He said he was giving me a nation to feed, and would provide the wisdom and way for me. Once that prophecy was given it was my job to discern through prayer and reading the Bible what group of people He was referring to, and what steps He wanted me to take. So, I began to seek after Him, and study how to discover my assignment or purpose – I share this journey to discovery in my podcast, Praying with Power and Purpose. I’ve had several dreams in which God gave me instructions, I’ve been given revelation as I read and studied my Bible and have had two prophecies spoken to me by strangers that have confirmed the direction I’m headed in.
This book is not easy to read. But, it’s powerful.
God is calling His children to remember His basic truths – commands that He’s given and expectations for our behavior. We all want His blessings, but often overlook His very first command to love Him first and foremost. That command will never change, and any time we behave, speak or think in a manner that’s contrary to that command, we’re in sin and face discipline until repentance. This book basically reminds us that God’s word – the Bible – is true and that He means what He says.
As Christian parents our main responsibility is to teach our kids to love and honor God. Our children are facing obstacles and temptations that can’t be overcome outside of God’s assistance. In order to take advantage of His abundance of divine blessings and protection we have to submit to His desire that we obey The Ten Commandments. The world is constantly changing, and often for the worse, but He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.
Since you write for a Christian audience, tell me about your faith. When did you become a believer?
I became a believer when I was 7 years old, however, I only began to understand what a personal relationship with Christ is in my 20s. My faith is extraordinary. I say this because I’ve experienced five years of complete chaos, devastation and loss and I love God more than ever. My faith is still growing leaps and bounds now because I’m one who has eyes to see and ears to hear.
How many kids do you have and what are their ages?
In spite of who I was/am, God has allowed me to be the proud mother of a 10-year-old genius. But, more important than being a top student, he’s kind, respectful and honest. He loves the Lord. He’s the proof that the prayers in my book are effective because these are things I’ve prayed for him his entire life. In five years of suffering alongside of me through turmoil he hasn’t once misbehaved at school disrespected another adult or other person or had any psychological issues.
What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
I love to read. I love to play. I really enjoy eating.
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Hagen Daaz chocolate.
Is there any funny, crazy, amazing, or interesting fact you would like your fans to know about you?
I’m a terrible dancer. I have no rhythm whatsoever.
Since my blog revolves around food, I was wondering if you have a favorite recipe you would like to share.
You know what, I don’t have a favorite recipe because I just thoroughly enjoy consuming food – and large amounts of it. But, I love sitting down eat a traditional family dinner. Meaning that mealtimes are family time, and, in addition to, the nourishment of our bodies family dinners feed our souls as well.
Where can people find you around the web?