Word geek. Book nerd. I’ve been called it all, and I wholeheartedly accept any and all biblio monikers. (See, there I go with the words…)
I also love my God, and I’m currently in a season where I’m inhaling any Christian title I can get my grubby fingers on. That’s why I get so excited to participate in Blogging for Books, a program offered by WaterBrook Multnomah. They send me emails about upcoming blog book tours, I decide if I want to read and review the book, and if so, they send me a copy and sometimes an extra one to give away. How great is that?
This week I’m excited to introduce you to a beautiful children’s book called This Little Prayer of Mine by Anthony DeStefano and illustrated by Mark Elliott. The book reminds kids that God is always there, ready and waiting for their prayers, which is something I’m really trying to emphasize with my boys. The book says that they can talk to God about anything, when they’re happy, scared, lonely, ashamed, or just being kids. I love that it really emphasizes having a relationship with God through prayer. Growing up, I thought of God as kind of a big, scary guy that I had to confess everything I’d done wrong to or else…I wasn’t really sure what would happen, but I didn’t want to find out. I wish I’d understood then what I know now, and I want my boys to know that so when they’re having a bad day in school or get made fun of on the bus, they’ll know they’re not alone and that God always has their back. I love these lines from the book:
Whenever I feel all alone,
with not a friend in sight,
please let me know you’re here with me
and everything’s all right.
The text in This Little Prayer of Mine rhymes but doesn’t ever sound forced or cheesy. It’s a very natural and pleasant read—like a prayer should be. And the realistic illustrations are amazing and totally kid-centric. On the pages that include the lines I quoted above, the picture shows four children all gathered around a GameBoy, and one boy sitting by himself, looking on dejectedly. Kids will be able to tell what’s going on in the book without even reading the words but just by observing the situations and the expressions on the kids’ faces.
I read this to Boy #3, and he liked it so much that he wanted me to read it again immediately. This is a perfect read before bed, in the morning before the kids start their day, or anytime they need to be reminded of just how crazy God is about them.
Want your own copy of This Little Prayer of Mine? Just leave a comment below and tell me who you would give the book to. For extra entries, you can Tweet about it: Win a copy of This Little Prayer of Mine! http://boogersandburps.com/?p=952 @pjmomof3boys @WaterBrookPress. Just leave another comment and let me know. You can also subscribe to my RSS feed (click the little icon under Keep in Touch!). Again, leave a comment and let me know. Make sure I have an email address for you so I can contact you if you win. I will randomly select a winner at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 13.
This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.