Bedtime Prayers That End with a Hug! by Stephen Elkins is a beautifully illustrated bedtime devotional for kids ages 3 - 5.
With gentle, calming text and warm, soothing colors, this moving devotional is the perfect way to settle your youngster down at bedtime. Each theme includes a Bible verse, a "snuggle time" application, a "bedtime Bible thought," and a "my hug-a-bye-prayer," and ends with "hug! time" between the child and the reader.
It can be challenging to write devotionals for young children. While I would sit down with our girls each night to read from their children's Bible, I would have loved a book of this nature that shows them how to thank the Lord, think of others, teaches them about self-control and giving, and so many other things that will help them in their Christian journeys.
A padded hardcover, Bedtime Prayers That End with a Hug! features a presentation page so you can give this as a gift, and has a place at the end for the child to tape or glue a picture of their family to the page so they can remember to pray for them each day. The final page includes special Bible verses to remember.
Great supplement to reading scripture with your ki
December 27, 2013
Devotionals for little kids are hard to write - and too often I find them shallow and missing out on the big-picture of what scripture is telling us. But I have to say I was impressed with the Bedtime Prayers that End with a Hug. Most appropriate for young children (I'd say 2-4), they are short and to the point, yet they are also very clear and theologically sound.
One thing I loved about the book was the simplicity and also directness of the prayers themselves. These were prayers I can pray with my girls, that they can understand, but also that have deep truth contained in them. The book makes a great supplement to reading an appropriate children's bible (personally, I would recommend the Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Loyd-Jones) and can begin the life-long process of teaching our kids both the importance of pray and the process of actually praying.
Overall I'll give this book 4/5 stars. For the record, I did a receive a complementary copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily favorable, review.
This book of bedtime prayers was written for young children from the ages of three to five years old. It was designed to be used as loving lessons in preparing the child for the routine of bedtime prayer. Explanations are given to explain what prayer is and who the child is praying to, as well as a description regarding the importance of communication with God. Composed of 52 different bedtime prayers featuring a different topic, prayer preparations are arranged in steps. The first step is an easy to understand Bible verse. Following that is "snuggle time" which equates to a brief story pertinent to the Bible verse, a "bedtime Bible thought," and "my hug-a-bye prayer." This is followed by "Nighty Night! and the time to give the child a loving hug, communicating parental love and the love of God.
The illustrations included in Bedtime Prayer That End With A Hug are beautifully done, colorful, age appropriate, and diverse. They are cheerful and whimsical, adding a sense of fun and happiness to a child's training in bedtime prayer. These illustrations are impressive and add an atmosphere of joy to the world of prayer.
The bedtime prayers relate to numerous topics, such as being thankful, loving others, making good choices, being joyful, friendship, etc. Other topics that are featured include, fear of the dark, fear of thunderstorms, worrying, etc. Some of these concepts could be skipped over if a child doesn't exhibit those particular fears. My personal feeling in this regard is that introducing these concepts could instill fears in a child that otherwise don't exist. "Going to the Doctor" is one example of the possibility of instilling fear where there may be none. The verse for that particular prayer entry is Isaiah 41:10, "Don't be afraid, for I am with you." If the child exhibits a fear of doctors this is a helpful and loving way to give comfort, but with a child who is comfortable with his/her doctor this could instill fear where none exists.
It is important that the parent or caregiver use discretion with each individual child regarding what is appropriate for that given child and his or her age. Overall, I found this to be a very useful method of introducing bedtime prayer to young children. A few of the terms used are not age appropriate, but simplifying those terms would help to explain the message.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Kids in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
Are you looking for a good way to introduce your little one to a nightly prayer routine? Bedtime Prayers That End With A Hug! is a wonderful resource to achieve that goal. It is filled with 52 nightly prayers that address a different topic each night. The language is simple so your preschooler will easily understand the topic that is being taught.
The illustrations by Ruth Zeglin are beautiful and calming, just the thing for a wind down at the end of the day. Each day's prayer is broken down into segments titled Snuggle Time, Bedtime Bible Thought, My Hug-a-Bye Prayer and then it ends with a nighty night hug time! You are instructed to "give the one who seeks the Lord a great big hug!"
I'm looking forward to sharing this with my little ones each night! What a beautiful habit to get your little ones into.
I received a copy of this book in order to facilitate my review.
Bedtime Prayers That End with a Hug!, by Stephen Elkins, is a wonderful book. Designed for children ages three through five, it not only defines prayer, but also to whom we are praying and what kinds of things we should pray about. It encourages parents and children to read each night before bedtime and pray together. Then, in closing, it emphasizes the importance of regular family prayers and affection by ending each session with a hug.
This hardcover book has a padded front cover. Each day includes snuggle time, bedtime Bible thought, my hug-a-bye prayer, and hug time. Topics include praising God, fears, remembering God's Word, loving others, and many more. In addition, Ruth Zeglin has created beautiful illustrations that capture one's attention and complete the comprehension for young children.
I enjoyed this book for both its incredible illustrations and its content. I would recommend it to anyone who has young children or grandchildren. It is difficult in this day and age to bring children up in the ways of the Lord, and this book is a great assistance to any family.
I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.