I received a copy of this book from Family Christian in return for honest feedback and this post.
“I like that it talks about God and that it doesn’t sound sassy when you read it.” According to a six year old, that is all it takes. J loves this book on prayer!
Prayer. It is such a beautiful thing. We are shown the perfect model of a prayer in Matthew 6 when Jesus is speaking to his disciples, teaching them to pray. We should follow his example and teach our children. Teaching our children about prayer is one of the best things we can do because it opens up their own personal conversations with God. Lucado Treasury of Bedtime Prayers is a sweet collection of prayers that children can relate to every day and in all parts of their day.
The contents tell it all. With chapter titles like “Good Morning, God”, “In My Play and Through My Day”, and “Good Night, God”, from sun-up to sundown, there are prayers to fill your child’s day. To help him see that God is always there to hear him and to talk with him.
One of my favorite things about this collection is the use of Bible verses as prayer. There are a good number of prayers that are praying a Psalm. But it is not just Psalms. You will find Judges, Luke, Revelation, II Chronicles, Philippians, and more.
Along with God’s word, you will find examples of verses you might remember from your childhood.
You will also come across excerpts and verses and prayers from a number of well-known authors, including St. Francis of Assisi, Isaac Watts, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Robert Louis Stevenson, among others.
Throughout this collection, your child will be thrilled with the bright, colorful, playful illustrations. The illustrations capture the child’s imagination and propel her forward with the desire to keep reading and revisiting the book often. I often found J sitting with the book, mesmerized with the lovely pictures.
A beautiful way to teach children to pray is to pray with them and show them examples of prayer. This collection is done is such a loving way that even beginning readers can read from it. J and I would sit together and she would practice her reading by reading prayers from this collection. (She is in Kindergarten and has about 100 sight words under her belt. That should help you see just how accessible this book is for children.)
We have really enjoyed getting review the >Lucado Treasury of Bedtime Prayers by Max & Denalyn Lucado, illustrated by Lisa Anderson. You can purchase a copy through Family Christian.
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This looks like something my little one would love! I love the pictures and the fact they have prayers from many different books for children! Thanks for a chance to win!
I can’t imagine your little one not liking this. The prayers are loving and I love that they share prayer for so many parts of a little one’s day. Thanks for entering!
Thanks for sharing this! Might check out the book at our local bookstore or library. 🙂
Thank you for stopping by. I definitely recommend taking a look at this. It is just so loving and beautiful.
I love our Sunday worship prayer times best of all. Though we pray throughout the day, and before school and bedtimes, our Sunday prayer is always more conversational, calm and we have more time to really share from our hearts. 🙂
I agree – we seem to slow down on Sunday and take more time for things as well. Thank you for sharing your thoughts about it. I think I will be paying more attention tomorrow as we enter into our worship and activities tomorrow.
I don’t have a favorite time to pray. I pray whenever I feel the urge to. This can be when I know there’s a request that needs prayed over, or sometimes just during a quiet moment during the day.
So many times, we think prayer is routine or set and it shouldn’t be. It is great that you have found the ability to pray whenever and wherever. I hear ladies often say this is something they struggle with. This is actually one of my favorite things about this book: it shows our children that everything can, and should, be a prayer to God.
I love singing hymns or Christian songs with my 18-month-old and saying prayers before his bedtime
Bedtime is also one of my favorite times, even now, as my oldest is approaching 11. Routine can be a very good thing when it comes to prayer because in times of hardship and trials, that may be the only thing we can hold onto. But having something to hold onto can be a lifesaver and our kids can learn that from us. Thank you for your comment.
My favorite time to pray with my kids is before bed.
Mine, too. We have slowed down by then and they have things on their mind that they want to share. It is a good time for prayer with them, if only I can make myself slow down with them. Thank you for your comment.
My favorite times to pray are first thing in the morning before anyone else is up and then again before bedtime with my daughter.
If I can manage to get up before the girls, I love prayer in the morning. It is a refreshing way to start the day.
In addition to taking turns praying at our family Bible study/devotional, we enjoy praying on the way to school. It helps prepare us for the long day apart. It also allows us to ask special prayers that we (and a number of our friends) will have a good day and be good examples while we are out in the world.
I know lots of folks who use that time. It is a great way to start everyone’s day off right.
is this book still available?
It looks like it is available from several different places, Julie. I just did a quick search and found it easily.