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Help your child learn to pray strategically and habitually
Reviewed in the United States on September 14, 2015
Prayer Works is a children’s book I recently received to review in the group of books published by B&H Publishing Group relating to the upcoming film by the Kendrick brothers entitled the War Room.
The War Room premiers on August 28, and the books associated with the movie encourage children and adults to enact a habit of fervent prayer. Let’s take a look at this well-done book.
The cover and interior illustrations relate to children’s activities
The figures are drawn with a friendly, approachable style and all illustrations are full color. The book is a handy, easy-to-carry 5 x 7 format. The hardback is especially durable and glossy.
Like a devotional
Each chapter begins with a question a child would ask about prayer. “Why should I pray? Does God hear my prayers?”
The question is followed by a brief answer sentence then a verse from Scripture which supports the answer. The ensuing few paragraphs of text elaborate on the answer. Instead of ending with a prayer, however, the paragraphs end with guidance to pray…in the child’s own words, so he or she will learn to pray.
At the end of the book are perforated pages formatted for a prayer journal. The pages include spaces to write prayers and answers. The authors also include prompts on praying for family, listing what one is grateful for, and similar suggestions.
I would recommend this book for any child.
In my opinion, this is an excellent book to introduce and encourage children in the habit and mindfulness of prayer. However, I would strongly encourage parental involvement in a positive way so that children follow-through.
The previous book, Peter’s Perfect Prayer Place, encourages parental involvement inherently. Prayer Works might require some incentives from parents as children tend to need reinforcement to develop habits, even good ones.
Note: This review is voluntary in association with a request from Icon Media and is non-compensated.