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Number of Pages: 221
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 7.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Help your children develop a closer relationship with God through prayer.
The more we talk with God in prayerbringing Him thanks, praise, joys, hurts, confessions, and requeststhe stronger our faith becomes. Were not always sure how to pray . . . but Jesus says that prayer is something to be learned. And what better time to learn how to pray than during childhood, when habits that will last a lifetime are formed?
This 52-week experience is a terrific guide for families to understand prayer. From "Wow!" and "Thank you!" prayers to "Im sorry!" and "Help!" prayers, children will learn what it means to draw near to God and to be changed by Him. Holly Hawkins Shivers, a mother gifted at connecting with kids, makes every discussion engaging and relatable, and helps young believers grow leaps and bounds in their faith.
Give your children a gift that will stay with them foreverthe power of prayer.
Holly Shivers is the author of I Can Learn the Bible and I Can Learn to Pray. Holly has served as a staff wife for over a decade at Prestonwood Baptist Church, where she stays involved in women's and children's ministries. She received her Masters degree in counseling. Holly enjoys contributing to various writing projects and ministry blogs but is most passionate about writing to kids. Some of her favorite things are Dr. Pepper, rainy days, family time, and especially those Dallas Cowboys! Holly lives in Texas with her husband and four kids.
PennyMindingMomAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Discover the Power of PrayerMay 31, 2016PennyMindingMomAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5As a child I spent my nights at my Grandmothers. I slept in the room next to hers and I could hear her earnestly talking to God. Even at 95 she could be found on her knees in earnest prayer. I could hear her thanking God for all the blessings in her life and asking for guidance when she was troubled. She was the one person who taught me how to pray and I hope to pass this on to my children.
I Can Learn To Pray is book of 52 devotions that was written to help your child develop a closer relationship with God through prayer. Prayer is more than just words, its a heartfelt communication between you and God. The author, Holly Hawkins Shivers, helps us discover the power of prayer.
The book is intended to be read over the course of an entire year. There are 7 sections in the book
1) Learning to Pray
2) Thank You Prayers
3) Wow! Prayers
4) Im Sorry! Prayers
5) Help! Prayers
6) How to Listen
7) Jesus Prayers
Each section is broken down into bite size weekly morsels that are meant to be digested throughout the week. We read a chapter at the beginning of the week, and then try and put into practice what weve learned.
The beginning of each chapter has an activity for your child to complete. Many of these will require help from you and/or other family members. We usually read our devotional just before bed, but I found that many of these activities were better done earlier in the day . Each activity helps your child understand what is going to be discussed in the rest of the chapter. The discussions in each chapter are easy to understand and will help young believers grow in their faith.
The end of each chapter has a Praying This Week section. This section had the biggest appeal for me. It helps give my children and I an area to focus on in prayer.
The illustrations are cute and colourful adding a playful element to the book that most children will enjoy.
While this book is aimed at developing a closer relationship with God through prayer for your child, you will find our own prayer life strengthening as a result of reading this with your child.
*Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of I Can Learn to Pray from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% my own.
Amanda5 Stars Out Of 5I Can Learn to Pray by Holly Hawkins ShiversApril 7, 2016AmandaQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Praying is such a great thing to teach your children. I chose to review this book "I Can Learn to Pray" because I felt like it was something my children can really use help on right now. I received this book for free from the "Booksneeze.com" book look blogger program for my honest review.
This book contains 52 devotions on to talking to God. This book can be read alone by your child however I recommend reading it with your child. It is for ages 4-8. In this book you will learn about knowing God, giving thanks, how to pray, how to listen and much more. I love how the author made this book fun and interesting for kids. But at the same time the information in it is so great I wanted to read it for myself.
Each week is divided into a few sections making it very readable. At the end of each devotion there is a prompt to help you put what you learned into action. Each devotion has cute illustrations like the cover.
Sometimes prayer can seem complicated but this book puts it into easy to read explanations for children. My children are all older then the 4-8 age range recommended but my youngest who is 2. I think they would all learn from this book and I plan on taking some time to read through it with them.
TimIllinoisAge: 45-54Gender: Male5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful devotional on prayer.March 22, 2016TimIllinoisAge: 45-54Gender: MaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I recently received a copy of "I Can Learn to Pray", a 52-week devotional for children. The concept is great, and the execution of the author and illustrator is as well. If you are looking for something to help you teach small ones how to pray, the importance of prayer, or the benefits and joys of prayer, then this devotional might just be the perfect book for you.
The book is divided into 52 separate devotions, and each devotional is subdivided into sections. The entire devotional can be read in one short setting, which would be fine for the upper target age of 8, but it can also be read in the subsections for the lower age range children ages 3 or 4. Each week is themed, and themes are grouped together into categories. For example, weeks 1-8 are in a category titled, "Learning to Pray", and include themes such as, "All About Prayer", "The Best Habit", A Gift to God" and "God's Command".
Each weekly theme has a "Praying This Week" section where the author gives guidance for how the child (or adult) can begin praying as they have learned about in the given week. The artwork is colorful and playful throughout. Honestly, if the artwork were less aimed at children, this would be a great prayer devotional for new believers in Jesus Christ. However, as it is designed for children, the artwork is pleasurable and appropriate for the target audience.
In the "Note to Parents" at the beginning, the author makes clear this book is designed to be used by parents/adults to teach children. It is not to hand a child and let them try to figure all of the information out on their own. Journaling is promoted and even expected as part of this devotional. All in all, I think this is a great work and hold fantastic promise for helping adults teach children not only the importance of prayer, but also how to pray.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers for review purposes in exchange for a fair and honest review of the material contained. A positive review was not required and all thoughts on the book are my own.
Faith WarriorNew HampshireAge: 45-54Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5I Can Learn to Pray by Holly Hawkins Shivers Illustrated by Becka MoorMarch 8, 2016Faith WarriorNew HampshireAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through HarperCollins Christian Publishers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
I Can Learn to Pray is a 52-week childrens devotional on prayer; suggested for children 4-8 years of age. [However, in the first weeks devotion it directs the child to obtain a journal to write prayers in for each of the following weeks.] It is broken up into 7 sections. There is a section on learning to pray, five of the sections are on different types of prayers, and a section on how to listen. Each section covers an average of 8 weeks or less. Each week is broken up into bite-size blocks of learning; ending with an assignment related to prayer for that week. In each bite-size block there is a Biblical scripture reference relating to that bite of material. The content is easy -to-understand and easy for a child to relate to their own lifes events.
Even though I Can Learn to Pray is aimed at children, I feel that it can benefit adults as well. As adults we are to be examples for our children. What better way to be an example than to relearn the basics of prayer right along with your child. In addition to adults who are parents, this devotional could also benefit those who have been just introduced to Jesus and are new to prayer.
I love some of the ideas it provides in throughout the learning and weekly assignments. For example; setting your alarm to wake up early enough to have time to pray or setting your alarm to remind you to pray [page 20], thanking God for a different person each day and sending a note to them to let them know you are thanking God for them [page 53], praying and then sitting quietly to listen. I Can Learn to Pray also tells about the armor of God and the Lords Prayer.
I feel that adults can get just as much out of this devotional as children will as they go through each day and week together.
mandanicolle5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent resource!March 3, 2016mandanicolleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0This book is a great devotion for young children ages 5-12. A lot of the devotions (which are set up to do one a week, but it would work fine to go through them faster) have exercises for the kids on how to apply the subject that was addressed in the devotion. A lot of them are for older kids, but I think that a mature younger child would get a lot out of the devotion. They may just need a parent to help them with some of the activities that require writing, which would be the large bulk of them.
This book is a great interactive devotion for kids that will help them to not only learn about prayer, but to help them to dive into God's word and getting used to talking to Him. I love that a lot of the activities get the reader to think outside of the box! This would be a fun devotion for parents to do with their kids.
I received this book from Book look in exchange for my honest review.