Thursday, May 5, 2011

Book Review: This Little Prayer of Mine, by Anthony DeStefano

I thought since today was the National Day of Prayer, it would be a good day to highlight a cute little book I was recently sent for review.

"I know you're up in heaven, God,
and can hear my voice from there.
I'm just a little child.
Will you answer my short prayer?"

Author Anthony DeStefano opens This Little Prayer of Mine with this short, but meaningful line. I know we as adults have so many times in our lives when prayer is the only thing that pulls us through. It is important to teach our children the power of prayer from a young age. Though, sometimes its hard to come up with the right words to explain how to pray and what to ask for.

This Little Prayer of Mine is written from a child's perspective. The picture on the front shows a little boy and girl kneeling at their bed, so this could be the prayer of one or both of these children.

Their prayer covers many parts of life, from being scared of the dark, to feeling left out at school, and even to praying for the future that God holds for them. The language in the story says that we need to trust in the Lord for His answers and know that He is looking out for us.

My children and I enjoyed reading this book together, and it did bring up a conversation about prayer as I had hoped. The beautiful pictures captivated them, and the wording was simple enough for them to understand at the ages of 3 and 5.

Overall, I would recommend this sweet little book for children ages 3-8, and maybe a bit older as a conversation starter. The only thing I would have changed would be to have had the children in the book be thankful for the things God has given before asking for things. This Little Prayer of Mine would make an excellent gift for any little one in your life, or a great addition to your family library.

This Little Prayer of Mine is written by Anthony DeStefano, illustrated by Mark Elliott and published by Waterbrook Press. It is endorsed by The National Day of Prayer. It retails for 12.99 and can be purchased in hardback or eBook format. It can be purchased through the Waterbrook Multnomah online store, or where ever Christian books are sold.

God Bless! And be prayerful for our country on this National Day of Prayer!

This is a Blogging For Books review. Thank you to the Waterbrook Multnomah publishers for providing me with a free copy of this book for my review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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