Tuesday, July 1, 2008

What Happens When I Talk to God?

Bestselling author Stormie Omartian brings 'The Power of Praying' series to kids’ level in What Happens When I Talk to God? The book, subtitled “The Power of Prayer for Boys and Girls,” uses a conversational tone, one kid to another, to answer several questions about prayer.

  • What is prayer?
  • When can I pray?
  • Where can I pray?
  • What should I say?
  • Do I have to pray out loud?
  • Does God hear me?
  • Why does He want me to pray?
  • Can I pray alone? With other people?
  • What does it mean to pray in Jesus’ name?
  • Can I pray even when I’m angry or hurt?
  • What if I do something wrong?
  • Can God help me or the people I pray for?
  • Does God answer prayers?

Each page ends with “I say …” and offers a short, sample prayer.

The artwork by Shari Warren is tender and colorful. Each illustration is a full page accompanied by a full page of text, but the creative design does not stop with the illustrations. The text features two fonts, one simple standard font and one that is curly and boldfaced.

What I Like: The author tackles so many questions about prayer and does it in a way kids can easily grasp. The book is filled with great information! I also like the illustrations. They very sweetly depict a variety of kids and families.

What I Dislike: There are no Bible references anywhere in the book, not even in the back for parents. Also, this is long and wordy for younger kids. My 4-1/2 year old loses interest before we reach the halfway point.

Overall Rating: Very good.

Age Appeal: 4-8, but I would recommend ages 6-10.

Publisher Info: Harvest House Publishers, 2007; ISBN: 0736916768; Hardback; $15.99

Buy it Now at Christianbook.com for $11.99!
Or buy it from Amazon.com for $10.87.

Special Info: You may also be interested in The Power of a Praying Parent, also available in Spanish. Visit the author's website for additional titles in this series.

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