First off, I want to thank Thomas Nelson for the opportunity to review this book – 100 Prayers God Loves to Hear, 100 Praise Songs
strong>About this Book:God loves to hear from His children and this book will help kids feel comfortable talking to God and singing praise to Him.  Prayers include classic prayers such as “Now I Lay Me;” Biblical prayers such as “The Lord’s Prayer;” topical prayers such as how to pray when I am afraid or what to pray when I am thankful; and prayers from famous believers.  Familiar Bible verses tell of God’s promises and encourage little ones to talk to Him every day. This is a great resource to help kids memorize 100 Bible verses.  Includes two CDs with 100 new praise songs written and recorded by Grammy-nominated producer, Stephen Elkins.

Jorja’s Review: Since my boys are a little too old for this book, I shared it with a darling 5 year old at my church, Jorja. On a Sunday morning a couple of weeks ago, I gave her the book and asked her to if she would have her mom and dad read her the prayers and listen to the CD.  On Wednesday after that I saw Jorja and she was carrying around her book.  Her Mom shared she’d been carrying it around since I gave it to her, looking at the pictures. They had also listened to the CD and although Mom said the songs are a little “vanilla” Jorja is enjoying them. On Sunday I talked with Jorja, who with her sweet smile said she like looking through the book and listening to the CD. Since she is starting kindergarten this year I asked her about school.  She got a big smile on her face and said she was really liking school.  When I asked her the best part, she said “Learning to read.”  She said she’s looking forward to being able to read her new book.

My Review: The book is a great size for kids Jora’s age.  It seems to be made of a durable material that should last. As Jorja’s Mom pointed out this type of book makes this age group feel good about it because it’s not a “baby” book. Even though they may not be able to read the words, they feel “grown up” being able to carry it around and looking at it.  As I read some of the prayers I wonder how many words parents may have to explain.  The author did use some words that are more advanced than the average 4 – 8 year old. However, I don’t think it will be hard for most parents to help a child understand.  It was a joy to watch Jorja’s eyes light up when I asked her about the book.

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