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|Title: Writing to God--For Kids|
By: Rachel G. Hackenberg
Number of Pages: 80
Vendor: Paraclete Press
Publication Date: 2012
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 6.00 (inches)|
Stock No: WW611070
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In 35 days, kids are invited to pray to God using their senses, reflecting on their feelings, in light of Bible verses, looking at nature, to understand the ordinary events of life, to use new words and pictures for God, and as a way to say "thank you."
"Hackenbergs book gives children permission to experience prayer as daily conversation with God. The freshness and honesty of her own prayers and her helpful prompts invite them to find and value their own words as offerings to a God who wants to be in relationship with them." Anabel Proffitt, Associate Professor of Educational Ministries, Lancaster Theological Seminary
Among the techniques Hackenberg suggests is taking Bible passages in the Psalms or other poetic chapters and either singing them aloud to the tune of the ABCs or making up original praise songs that can be sung to the ABCs. She even shares one song she wrote this way. Other times she suggests making prayers that relate to the senses, thanking God for aromas, fragrances, soft textures, delicious tastes, lovely sounds, and beautiful sights. Another idea is to pray about secret fears, such as being alone in the dark or hearing weird noises or losing mom and dad.
Scattered amidst the pages are actual brief prayers written by children aged 5 through 11. These prayers include requests, praises, questions, confessions, and life observances. Often they are funny and many times insightful, honest, and blunt. The book also features very basic pencil and chalk drawings of everyday items, such as the sun, a stack of pancakes, falling leaves, a jump rope, and a few children and parents. Rachel Hackenberg is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary.
This book could be functional for elementary school children wanting to be more creative in their approach to prayer, but, interestingly enough, it contains suggestions that many adults would find original and stimulating, too. - Dr. Dennis E. Hensley, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com