I Can Learn to Pray: 52 Devotions on Talking to God by Holly Hawkins Shivers {Children's Book Review + Giveaway}

Prayer is a vital part of my daily life. I'm always seeking to reach out to God by means of daily conversations and meditation. It's nice to be able to have the time with Him and it also gives me a great sense of peace. That is why I find it so important to be able to teach my son how to pray at such an early age. The younger he learns, the more inclined he'll be to have regular communications with God as he gets older. That brings me to a new children's book that we've been reading by Holly Hawkins Shivers called I Can Learn to Pray.

The more we talk with God in prayer—bringing Him thanks, praise, joys, hurts, confessions, and requests—the stronger our faith becomes. We’re not always sure how to pray . . . but Jesus says that prayer is something to be learned. And what better time to learn how to pray than during childhood, when habits that will last a lifetime are formed? This 52-week experience is a terrific guide for families to understand prayer. From “Wow!” and “Thank you!” prayers to “I’m sorry!” and “Help!” prayers, children will learn what it means to draw near to God and to be changed by Him. Holly Hawkins Shivers, a mother gifted at connecting with kids, makes every discussion engaging and relatable, and helps young believers grow leaps and bounds in their faith.

Holly Hawkins Shivers is the author of I Can Learn the Bible and I Can Learn to Pray. Holly has served as a staff wife for over a decade at Prestonwood Baptist Church, where she stays involved in women's and children's ministries. She received her Master’s degree in counseling. Holly enjoys contributing to various writing projects and ministry blogs but is most passionate about writing to kids. Some of her favorite things are Dr. Pepper, rainy days, family time, and especially those Dallas Cowboys! Holly lives in Texas with her husband and four kids.

I Can Learn to Pray is a sturdy hardcover that contains 52 devotions on talking to God. The quirky illustrations of various cartoon characters will help entertain children as they learn all about prayer. I have found this book to be an amazing asset, not only to a children, but to parents as well. It is carefully written and really offers entailed information on everything there is to know about prayer. The 52 devotions are meant to be studied weekly to cover the entire year. The book is broken down into seven sections with anywhere from six to eight weeks worth of devotions in each.

The sections are broken down as follows:
  • Section 1: Learning to Pray
  • Section 2: "Thank you" Prayers
  • Section 3: "Wow" Prayers
  • Section 4: "I'm Sorry" Prayers
  • Section 5: "Help" Prayers
  • Section 6: How to Listen
  • Section 7: Jesus Prayers

Just by reviewing the seven sections, you can see how the author takes the very meaning of prayer, and breaks it down piece by piece, offering kids more clarity, so they can really grasp what it truly means to talk and even listen to God. 

Each week starts with a message from the reader to God, followed by an introduction and a lesson on that week's topic. At the end of each week is an area called "Praying This Week" that offers and activity or task to do. Every weekly study will really give you and your child a lot to think about. The book was created for children ages 3 to 8, but I personally think the age range should be from 5 through 12. Either way, this is a parent-led study book, so it could work for any age. 

I Can Learn to Pray offers a truly in depth learning experience, and is an amazing tool for families looking to learn and study prayer together. This may sound funny, but even as an adult, I found it to be quite informative. While this is actually considered a devotional–and in one aspect it is–I'd like to think of it as so much more! In fact, I personally call it the children's encyclopedia of prayer, because it contains everything little ones need to know and learn about praying. If you are also looking to introduce your little ones to the Bible, the author has also written a book called I Can learn the Bible which released not too long ago.

Not only am I super excited to be sharing such an awesome book with Our Everyday Harvest readers, but I am even more excited that I have been given an opportunity to offer a giveaway to you! Yay! One person will receive a copy of I Can Learn to Pray.

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