Friday, April 30, 2010

Ciel & the Power of Prayer

In Ciel and the Power of Prayer, Ciel shares the love of God with her friends by praying with them. This book is written and illustrated by Jason C. Conley.

Through the course of the book, Ciel encourages Jessie, who is having a tough time with other kids at school; uplifts Re'Nitta, whose parents may be on the verge of divorce; and visits Sarah, who is in the hospital. With each exchange, Ciel teaches readers what it means to be a true friend by praying for and being with those you care about.

What I Like: This book illustrates how we can go into the world and share the love of God with others. Having examples to use will definitely help younger readers as they learn how to share God with others.

The imagery in the book is unique, using a mixture of manipulated photography and cartoon drawings. I was drawn especially to the manipulated photography aspect.

What I Dislike: A lot of the verses shared are in King James. I found this distracting and could take away from the meaning of the verse. Other verses are quoted in NIV, and I feel having continuity in this area would strengthen the book overall.

Also, Ciel has this thing about wearing butterfly wings whenever she's visiting a friend. This is never explained why she does so, and I found it distracting.

Overall Rating: Good

Age Appeal: I couldn't find any references for recommended age appeal, but my guess is 6 - 10 would enjoy the book.

Publishing Info: JC Publishing, 2009; ISBN: 978-0-615-34692-2; Paperback $15.00

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Jason C. Conley said...

Thank you so much for the kind review. You nailed the purpose of the book right off the bat! No matter what troubles we might experience in life, the Lord is there for us. We can go to Him with our everyday problems as well as those earth-shattering difficulties that come as well. He truly is our Good Shepherd.

As far as the wings, I simply watched my 6 year old daughter that loved wearing those things and added it to the character. No meaning, simply a way to set Ciel apart in a very crowded publishing world.

I am currently working on the follow up to this book and hope to have it available within a year. And I'll certainly take into consideration your suggestions on how to improve this book series.

God Bless
Jason C. Conley
Author / Illustrator

Liberty Speidel said...

I can't believe I missed this comment! You're welcome, Jason. I'm sure we'll all enjoy the follow-up to your book.