Tuesday, April 6, 2010

This Little Prayer of Mine by Anthony DeStefano

Author Anthony DeStefano’s adult books, The Prayers God Always Says Yes To and A Travel Guide to Heaven, have sold a quarter-million copies. Illustrator Mark Elliott’s cherished artwork has appeared in popular picture books and novels for young readers, including Gail Carson Levine’s ever-popular Princess Tales series.

Now, these acclaimed inspirational experts have come together to create This Little Prayer of Mine, a beautiful and alluring book designed to guide children into a very simple, real and expressive relationship with God.

Through engaging rhymes and alluring illustrations, This Little Prayer of Mine shows children—and their parents and grandparents—that complete dependence on God is what brings peace and fulfillment. It invites children to know and believe that God is always just a simple prayer away and that He longs to respond to them with a resounding, “Yes!”

This Little Prayer of Mine appeals to readers from all different faiths. Easy-reader format allows children to read alone, or with someone older, and encourages them to openly express their fears, thanks, and needs directly to God.

My thoughts:
I liked how this book showed children talking to God and learning to pray. Through the text the children were recognizing that what is really important in the world is our relationship with others and God and not material items. The illustrations went well with the text and added to the story. I think this is a message that even as adults we sometimes forget. When I attended church this past weekend with my children they each received a plastic egg with a few surprises inside. My daughters included a bracelet with the saying, "When in doubt pray." and that was the simple message here as well, whenever you are in doubt ask for help through prayer and trust that you will find your way. This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group. To purchase the book you can go to

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