That’s When I Talk to God, by Dan & Ali Morrow, Illustrated by Cory Godbey, David C. Cook, 2011, Ages 4-8, 36 Pages, ISBN-13: 978-1434700186, $12.99
“…you know we can pray to God anytime we want to, right?” Mom asked setting aside the nighttime storybook, as she and her daughter folded their hands to pray.
That simple question leads to the discovery that prayer is simply talking to God in this appealing story by Dan and Ali Morrow. where youngsters learn how to pray “any time, any place…about anything.”
Written in the unnamed little girl’s voice, children learn prayer is more than giving thanks at supper and bedtime as they follow this charming girl through her typical day where she learns to talk to God about everything. Where she learns praying is kind of like talking to her mom.
From telling God how much she loves Him, to thanking God for good friends, to apologizing for bragging when she “scored the first soccer goal,” to asking for courage when she’s afraid to go down the “big twirly slide.” Each colorful two-page spread teaches children to take their “fears, joys and questions” to God in prayer.
There is nothing not to like about this children’s book and several things that make it stand out. Not only does it teach children how to pray, the author’s also show how God speaks to us, “though He might not use His voice...” Sometimes He speaks to us through other people or our feelings when we feel bad over something we’ve done, but her mother cautions, “God speaks most clearly through His Word, the Bible.”
A two-page spread of Scriptures on prayer and the Lord’s Prayer is also included.
Award-winning author, Lee Strobel, Ali’s father, ends the book with “A Letter from a Grandpa” where he encourages parents and grandparents to inspire and motivate their children and grandchildren to “develop their own vibrant prayer lives.”
Cory Godbey’s life-like illustrations enhance this sweet story’s teachings on prayer. Click on the link to preview the book: