That's When I Talk to God
Teaching the Youngest about Prayer
ThatÃ¢ÂÂs When I Talk to God
By Dan & Ali Morrow
Illustrated by Cory Godbey
Published by David Cook
Absolutely delightful book on the intimate relationship with God through prayer. The MorrowÃ¢ÂÂs present in story form several ways that children can pray to God throughout the day, not just at meals and bedtime. Ã¢ÂÂYou can pray about Anything, Anywhere, AnytimeÃ¢ÂÂ. Praising God for his artistry, thanking Him for friends and family, having a repentant heart, safety, courage and more. Heartfelt wording and actual prayers to help children see the simplicity in the prayers that they can have.
This was a beautifully illustrated book, nice soft colors with purple calming undertones.
Scripture and the LordÃ¢ÂÂs Prayer are included in the back along with a letter to the reader from AliÃ¢ÂÂs father Lee Strobel.
A 5 star childrenÃ¢ÂÂs book that is a great addition on any childÃ¢ÂÂs bookshelf.
Thankful to B & B Media Group for the privilege to review ThatÃ¢ÂÂs When I talk to God, and receive a free copy.
June 13, 2011
Wonderful Tool for Teaching Children!
That's When I Talk to God by Dan & Ali Morrow has just launched itself to the top of my list of children's books! A little girl and her mom have a bedtime conversation. Mom tells her that she can talk to God any time ... just like she talks to her mom or dad. The next day the girl looks for opportunities to talk to God - when she needs help, when she is thankful, when she is scared, when someone is hurt, when she is wrong.
This book provides a great way to start God-centered conversations with children! The story is very natural and uses ordinary situations to point children to God. Additionally, the illustrations by Cory Godbey are wonderful and imaginative. What a great tool for parents, grandparents, or anyone who loves children!
I received a free copy of this book from The B&B Media Group in exchange for my fair and honest review.
June 5, 2011
An Accessible Treatment
Prayer is such an abstract idea for small children. Sometimes it can be hard for them to understand the conversational (if invisible) conversation that takes place between believers and their God. ThatÃ¢ÂÂs When I Talk to God is really one of the best works IÃ¢ÂÂve read for children that both explain and give practical examples of times when it is appropriate and natural to pray.
In this story, a mother shares with her small daughter that prayer doesnÃ¢ÂÂt only take place at bedtimes and mealtimes (when children are most often exposed to spoken prayer), but that prayers are just talking to God, and that you can do that whenever you like! After realizing this, the little girl (while being encouraged by her mother) enters into prayers of thanksgiving, prayers of repentance (phrased as a simple apology Ã¢ÂÂ great stuff), prayers for the needs of others who are in danger, and a prayer for courage.
Appealing in its own right as a story, but five-ear-old has asked me MANY times to read this book to her. Though I havenÃ¢ÂÂt been able to get my eight-year-old to sit down and listen to me read it to her directly, I think sheÃ¢ÂÂs been listening because I have seen her seizing upon situations similar to those shared in the book to pray aloud. ThatÃ¢ÂÂs one way I know this book is working, and is one of the better titles available on the subject!
Like most childrenÃ¢ÂÂs books on prayer (IÃ¢ÂÂm not sure why this is), the story does NOT give examples of praying in the name of Jesus. To me this always seems odd, since the scriptures are quite clear that we come to God THROUGH Jesus, and that we are to pray in His name. That is a fairly simple addiction for parents to make verbally as they read this book with their children.
May 31, 2011
Sometimes it's tricky to help our kids understand that they can pray anytime about anything. In this beautifully illustrated book, Dan and Ali Morrow walk children through the different times they can pray. We can pray when we want to tell God that we love Him. We can pray when we are thankful. We can talk to God when we need to tell Him sorry. This charming book is a great way to help your children understand God wants to hear from us all the time for any reason.
May 31, 2011