Monday, October 18, 2010

100 Prayers God Loves to Hear, 100 Praise Songs *Review*

Unfortunately, our faith is not something I often blog about often, but with all of the changes going on in our world right now, we are finding it very easy to lean on our faith. 100 Prayers God Loves to Hear, 100 Praise Songs has definitely helped us encourage the kids during this difficult time.

My four and seven year old know about God. They know how to pray, and sometimes even pray without prodding. We say 'grace' before dinner, and ask for help when things are lost. We encourage our children to develop a relationship with God.

That said, I wasn't too sure what to expect with this book until I received it. The book is sturdy- perfect for little hands. The illustrations are fun, and the prayers are practical. The first time we read the book, we read the little story, the prayer together, then the song. The problem with this was that my daughter (who loves sing-song soundtracks and CD's) wanted to play the song over and over and over again. My son wanted to hear the whole CD in it's entirety.

The next few times we read from the book, the kids and I specifically sat to read it together regarding a certain situation. They even repeated the prayers with me. It's such an awesome feeling listening to your children confess the word of God on to their lives. But I digress... it's not a real "preachy" book, definitely appropriate for children. It's not a children's bible, but still full of God's word.Alex likes that he can look up the stories by his situations in life, and Abbie likes that they're stories she can understand. (A HUGE + for us!!)

The chapter/prayer entitled Day is Done reads:

David was a shepherd boy. He watched over the sheep at night. Sheep say, "Baa!" He kept them safe from wolves and bears. Bears say, "Grr!" When David felt afraid, he would pray. If you are afraid, you can pray too!

Day is done, gone the sun, from the lakes, from the hills, from the sky. All is well, Safe at rest, God is nigh.-Unknown

David trusted in God, who is stronger than wolves and bears! And you can too! 
After each story and prayer there is a small section called "My Little Prayer Reminder" which contains quotes about prayer, faith, or God. The prayer reminder after the quoted text above says, "Pray, and let God worry."-Martin Luther

The CD is... well, a kids CD. If you're looking for modern songs, you're not going to find it here. The songs on the discs are definitely more of the "traditional" kids songs style, (you know, the ones that get stuck in your head because they're so...upbeat?) Some people may find these songs annoying and grating, but I actually don't mind them, in moderation. The kids actually like to put it on in their room while they clean up, but very rarely have we had it on in correspondence with the book.

If you're looking for a good way to encourage children to pray on a daily basis, I highly recommend this book. The CD's should be looked at as a bonus, that you could take or leave, but should not take away from this well executed children's prayer book.

This book was provided to me at no cost in order to facilitate a candid review of the item through BookSneeze. No monetary compensation was received. Your opinion may differ.


shopannies October 20, 2010  

this sounds like a great book I have grandchildren that love to read and be read to thanks for sharing the review


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