Monday, April 5, 2010

This Little Prayer of Mine

This Little Prayer of Mine

Written by Anthony DeStefano
Published at Waterbrook

About the book
Nothing Compares to Childlike Faith
I know you're up in heaven, God,
and can hear my voice from there.
I'm just a little child.
Will you answer my short prayer?
So begins this delightful book that affirms God's readiness to answer our prayers, no matter what our age.

With engaging rhymes and beautiful illustrations, This Little Prayer of Mine assures children that God is always near--watching, listening, caring, and eager to respond to their requests. They'll also learn that prayer isn't just about asking for things, but about sharing their feelings of sadness and uncertainty as well as of thanksgiving and joy.

Most importanly, This Little Prayer of Mine reminds children—and those who love them—that they can trust God to tenderly care for them, no matter what the future holds

Who is Anthony DeStefano?
Anthony DeStefano has received may prestigious awards from religious organizations throughout the world for his efforts to advance Christian beliefs in modern culture. These include an honorary doctorate from the National Clergy Council and the Methodist Episcopal Church's Joint Academic Commission, as well as the "Defender of Israel" medal from the Jerusalem Center for Peace Studies, conferred on him in 2003. He is the CEO of a Catholic not-for-profit organization; he lives in Long Island with his wife, Kimberly, a kindergarten teacher.

My Thoughts
This little book about prayer is endorsed by the National Day of Prayer. The best time to introduce prayer to children is definitively when they are young I think.

As I read this book to my children we enjoyed the rhymes and the illustrations that complete them. The illustrations give a great picture that go well with the words of the prayer. From page to page my children loved seeing the colorful images and listen to the prayer getting more specific. It covers confession, thanksgiving, asking for things as well as forgiveness. You will see a child debating between going to school or to the fair, kids enjoying their friends and the goodness of God as well as kids helping and caring for others.

The only part of the prayer that kind of bothers me is the reference of maybe becoming the president of this big land (which is the USA). I would have preferred that the book would be more flexible and talk about being a leader instead so that way the book doesn’t refer to the US specifically. Don’t take me wrong. I love the USA! In fact, we go there often as we travel with our RV. But I find that American authors sometimes tend to focus only on their country instead of focusing on leadership around the world.

In conclusion, my kids and I have enjoyed reading this wonderful little book. It would be a cute book to give during a dedication or to celebrate the birth of a new child.

This review was possible because I received a copy of This Little Prayer of Mine from Waterbrook.

This Little Prayer of Mine is available everywhere even at and

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