100 Prayers God Loves to Hear by Stephen Elkins

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Created by Stephen Elkins and illustrated by Tim O’Connor

For me this brought back some childhood memories. As the title hints, there are 100 prayers and 100 songs for kids to read and sing. I remember as a kid singing songs like “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands,” “This Little Light of Mine”  and “America the Beautiful.” I also remember reciting prayers like “The Serenity Prayer,” The Lord is my Shepard,” and “Now I lay me Down to Sleep.” Even some unfamiliar, yet refreshing prayers were from men like Abraham Lincoln, Sir Isaac Newton, and Johnny “Appleseed” Chapman. There were other unfamiliar songs and prayers that were fine, but as I read each prayer and skimmed through each song CD, I felt some songs and prayers were a little cheesy.

To receive a better perspective, I showed this book to two Christian women, a mother of two the other experienced in childcare, and I also showed this to a youth pastor. Overall, they found the pluses to the book were the following: great artwork, easy reading level, good selection and amount, easy to sing along, and great references to scripture. However, they also found two minuses for the book: the first minus is simply Matthew 6:5-7, and the second was they felt the book and the CDs did not reach the same age group; I agree with their analysis. We felt the songs were meant for younger children around 5 years old and younger while the book would suit children 7 years old and younger. Overall, I feel this book is decent for parents to read and teach children as long as the parents and the children remember Matthew 6:5-7, and prayer is a personal act of worship before God.

Book Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Disclaimer: Ben Umnus was given a free copy of this book by Thomas Nelson Publishing, but he was neither paid for his review nor was he commanded by Thomas Nelson Publishing to write a positive review. This review is the personal, written opinion of Ben Umnus.  This disclaimer is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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