February 19, 2016

Snuggle Up with Your Little One While Reading "Snuggle Time Prayers" by Glenys Nellist

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I was recently introduced to author, Glenys Nellist, a couple of months ago when she offered to send me her Little Love Letters from God board book. Some Our Everyday Harvest readers may also recall my recent review and giveaway of this sweet board book only a couple of weeks ago. It was such a pleasure to be part of the Little Love Letters official release Blog Tour. I was also blessed to be introduced to Glenys' amazing gift for children's ministry. Immediately after receiving her book, I also discovered that she came out with another one for toddlers and preschoolers, called Snuggle Time Prayers. Being such a fan of her work, I knew that I had to order this new book for my son.

Snuggle Time Prayers, written by Glenys Nellist and illustrated by Cee Biscoe, is a perfect bedtime collection of fifteen prayers for young children, intended to help them draw closer to God as they drift off to sleep.

Glenys Nellist was born and raised in a little village in northern England. Her stories and poems have been published in children’s magazines where her writing reflects a deep passion for bringing the Bible to life for young children. Glenys lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with her husband, David.

Since the day that my son was born, I've been persistent in establishing a bedtime routine where I pray over him. Now that he's a toddler, I try to engage him in bedtime prayer with me.

Our typical bedtime prayers consists of:
  • Thanking God for his blessings
  • Asking Him to forgive us for our sins and thanking Him for his Son, Jesus
  • Asking Him to bless us with sweet dreams and a restful sleep
  • Asking Him to always keep us healthy and safe, and to please do the same for our friends and family.
  • We also ask Him to bless the next day with fun playtime and learning adventures
  • We then end our prayers with giving God all the praise and glory.

Right before I put my son to bed, I'll recite our prayer, and he'll say "amen" after we're done (sometimes I can even get him to say "in Jesus' name we pray. amen"). Of course, he may be a bit too young to fully grasp the meaning of all that we say in our prayers, but I'd like to think that he is starting to understand a little. Either way, I know he'll someday fully appreciate our special bedtime prayer routine, and be able to lead us in prayer using his very own words.

Having the Snuggle Time Prayers book is a wonderful way to inspire little ones on how to lead in prayers of their own. This padded board book contains fifteen heartwarming prayers for children. These prayers will make you and your little one want to...well you know...SNUGGLE UP! The prayers are written in fun rhyming prose.

Goodnight, God it's time to sleep
I've put my toys away
And I just want to thank you
For a happy, fun-filed day...

Not only are there bedtime prayers in this book, but some of the other ones can be read pretty much anytime of the day–Because let's face it, snuggles should not only occur before bedtime. A short scripture verse is also included to match each prayer:

See what amazing love the father has give us! 1 John 3:1

With Snuggle Time Prayers, children can read and recite prayers about God's love, how amazing he thinks they are, and his wonderful promises to them. They'll also delight in the beautifully illustrated pictures by Cee Biscoe. The book is full of precious little animals from bunnies, to badgers, to elephants–my son never gets tired of naming these adorable images as we read along together.

It's amazing how God's love shows in so many ways, both big and small. The sweet little prayers written in this book will remind children of how God demonstrates that love, encouraging them to learn ways in which they can talk and pray to Him. Snuggle Time Prayers is such an endearing book to read while snuggling up with your little one. If you have a toddler or preschooler who is just learning how to pray, then you'll definitely want to keep this book in their library.

Be sure to also keep posted to Our Everyday Harvest in the next coming week or so for a related surprise announcement!


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Glenys Nellist said...

Bless you Kelly, for this lovely review! I so appreciate it!

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

You're very welcome, Glenys! Thank you for stopping by. Have a blessed weekend!

brendashandmade said...

That looks like such a cute book to read with your child. I like the rhyming prayers because they're easy for kids to say and remember. Thanks for the review.

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

I do, too! Rhyming text has proven to be quite helpful in early reading and writing, because if that very reason. Thanks for stopping by, Brenda! :-)

CJ said...

This looks like an interesting book. It just made it on to my Wishlist. Thank you for reviewing it!

CJ said...

The Super Bowl might be over, but we are still deep into hockey season. Those cheesy pepperoni bombs and the buffalo chicken dip both look like they should make the game-night rotation soon.

CJ said...

I wish I had something like this when my sweet critters were younger. That said, they all received their first Bibles when they were babies. Currently, we're finding that the Hands On Bible is working well for the youngest boy, and the Girls' Life Application Study Bible is working well for the youngest girl.

CJ said...

This looks like an excellent book to share with my church's nursery.

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

That would a be a great idea, CJ! Thank you for entering!

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

My son also has the Hands on Bible, and we love it! I'm not too familiar with the Life Application Study Bible, but I'm going to be sure to check it out. Thanks!

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

We sure are! :-) That's the best part about these types of snack foods...they're perfect for any game day get-together

CJ said...

This is the one she has: http://www.amazon.com/Girls-Application-Study-Bible-Butterfly/dp/1414333978/ . Judging by Amazon search results, though, it looks like it comes in a few different cover designs. The youngest girl is the pint-sized rebel and it still gets through to her.

CJ said...

We don't really do the get-together, but the guys in the house like to couch-time and they inevitably end up with man-stomach during the game. (Usually around 2 minutes into the 2nd period.) The "chips and salsa" and "snack crackers" routine needs an upgrade.

lfhpueblo said...

I like your prayer routine, especially for sweet dreams.

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

Thank you, Lauralee! :-)

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

Thank you for sharing! I just saw the Guys Life Application Study Bible, and added to it my wishlist. Thank you, again! :-)

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

I couldn't agree more...sometimes you have to kick it up a notch! I like making my chili for those times. We sometimes do the nachos thing, but add all kinds of goodies like shredded cheese and jalapenos–pop it in the oven for a few and then serve with sour cream and homemade guacamole. A little more labor intensive, but so worth it (my stomach is growling is just thinking about it).

June Lisle said...

I have a little girl in my life who might like this. She isn't learning much in sunday school and I want to help

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

Hi June! This would make a wonderful gift. It's a beautiful book and will definitely help her in learning more about Jesus and the Bible!

Lisa Jagodzinski said...

I pray every night with my toddler son and take him to church on Sundays- i want him to know that he can talk to Jesus anything and anywhere

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

That's a wonderful way to teach your little boy about Jesus...praying and encouraging him that Jesus is always listening! Thank you for sharing, Lisa! :-)

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