We own a lot of children's books on prayer. They're wonderful, because they not only introduce ways to talk to God, but offer wording that's short and sweet to help guide little ones who are just starting to understand what prayer really is. When I pray with my son at night, we do so from the heart and in our own words, thanking the Lord for the day and all His blessings, asking him to forgive us for our sins, seeking protection, and expressing any other needs and concerns as need be.
When I think of our nighttime prayer routine, The Lord's Prayer that's taken right out of the Book of Matthew (and Luke) comes to mind. Jesus taught this to His disciples and it has been a prayer that many Christians frequently turn to, including myself. This simple prayer encompasses a lot of what we say in our own family's nighttime prayers (asking for forgiveness, giving thanks for God's blessings and His will on our lives, seeking strength so that we don't sin, etc.)
Now that my son is getting a bit older, he too will be able to recite The Lord's Prayer. Of course, it won't replace the prayers that we speak from our heart, but it's still the perfect guideline to follow, since it offers some of the basic principles of what a prayer should consist of. Rick Warren, author of the bestselling book, The Purpose Driven Life has recently written a new book The Lord's Prayer: Words of Hope and Happiness that gives little ones an introduction to what this prayer means and how it can be applied to their lives.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
This iconic prayer is paired with flowing illustrations by award-winning artist Richard Jesse Watson and thoughtful insights by bestselling author Rick Warren, resulting in a book that rejuvenates the familiar prayer for a younger audience. Using poetic scripture from the King James Version, The Lord’s Prayer: Words of Hope and Happiness helps familiarize children with real biblical text while also presenting contemporary illustrations and insightful words that make this beautiful prayer come alive.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Dr. Rick Warren is pastor, author, global strategist, theologian, and philanthropist. His book The Purpose driven Life has been called the bestselling non-fiction hardback in publishing history by Publishers Weekly, having sold more than 32 million copies. Warren founded Saddleback Church in 1980 with his wife, Kay. In addition to a 120-acre campus in Lake Forest, CA, the church has ten satellite campuses in Southern California and three international campuses.
The Lord’s Prayer: Words of Hope and Happiness is a beautiful board book, perfect for toddlers and preschoolers who are eager to learn all about The Lord's Prayer. The sturdy pages allow them to flip through on their own without any tearing or wrinkling. Throughout each two-page spread, a single verse from the prayer is highlighted along with story text to help children understand what it means, followed by a short sentence of adoration to God. In the back of the book, you'll also find The Lord's Prayer in it's entirety, along with a special encouraging note from the author.
Our Father which art in heaven...
God is my Father in heaven who made me.
He will always love me. He will never leave me...
Thank you, God, for loving me!
One of the aspects that really stood out for me in this book, were the gorgeous one of a kind illustrations done by Richard Jesse Watson. Many of the drawings include babies and children–some are almost lifelike. Most of the children are happy, rejoicing in the Lord, while others appropriately set a more serious tone depending on which part of the prayer they correlate with. For the line that asks "And forgive us our debts..." we see little girl with a remorseful expression on her face as she approaches another little girl.
The Lord’s Prayer: Words of Hope and Happiness by Rick Warren is an all around precious book! I personally find it to be a valuable literary tool that could help teach children The Lord's Prayer and what it means to them. The illustrations are also breathtaking and offer a special something with each turn of the page.
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