Thursday, March 24, 2016

I Can Learn to Pray by Holly Hawkins Shivers is an Excellent 52-Week Devotional for Children and Their Families

I Can Learn to Pray is designed and written as a 52-week guide for children and their families to strengthen their relationship with God through prayer. The book is divided into seven comprehensive sections, with individual weeks within.

There’s a lovely foreword at the beginning of the book, written by the author’s father, author O.S. Hawkins. Ms. Shivers begins by chatting conversationally with parents to reinforce the importance of praying with our children. From there we go into the process of actually learning to pray.

There’s a wealth of valuable information packed into to this beautiful book. The author is gifted with the ability to explain prayer in terms that even the smallest child can relate to. Yet, she never talks down to her readers. She explains prayer in a variety of kid-friendly ways and uses examples to make her point beautifully. For example, what child doesn’t understand the different ways of communicating – texting, phone calls, sign language, walkie-talkies, etc.? The author uses this concept to explain that prayer is communicating with God.

The accompanying illustrations are adorable and colorful, and are actual prayers in themselves. The book is sturdy and I love that the pages are of excellent, glossy quality. This ensures that I Can Learn to Pray will last a long time. I also appreciate the “To_____ From____” page at the beginning of the book. Perfect for gift giving!

I would highly recommend I Can Learn to Pray to parents, grandparents and others. It would make a wonderful gift for Baptism, First Holy Communion, birthday or just because. At not even $15 it's well worth the money spent! Beautiful!

5 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

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