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That's When I Talk to God Hardcover – April 1, 2011
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This children's book portrays a wonderful story that teaches children that God is always listening for their prayers and that God speaks to them in many ways. The captivating illustrations are inspiring and comforting. With a durable hardcover, this book will likely become a regular bedtime story and one that children will want to keep for their own children as they grow up. The back pages of this book contain some Bible verses to supplement the story's message. A letter written from a grandpa to parents and grandparents is printed on the last page to motivate them to encourage their children and grandchildren to talk to God throughout each day.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free through The B & B Media Group, Inc. book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255vf: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Such questions can easily go unspoken or unaddressed. However, teaching a child to pray is one of the most important spiritual duties of a parent. That's When I Talk to God by Dan and Ali Marrow is an entertaining tool that a parent can use to teach a child that is is always appropriate to talk to God. As the little girl journeys through her day, she finds multiple opportunities to speak to God. A visit with a friend, a fear of heights, and an act of disobedience are a few examples of her encounters. The little girl also discovers that God speaks to her daily through the Bible, her conscience, and other people.
Illustrated children's books can sometimes capture a child's attention in ways that regular conversation can not. That's When I Talk to God teaches an important lesson by appealing to the mind and the sense of sight. I particularly liked how the authors made a point to mention that God not only hears, but also communicates with children. The book includes verses about prayer and The Lord's Prayer at the end. These could be used for further discussion and learning. I can confidently recommend this book to any parent looking for a book to help teach important lessons on prayer.
That's When I Talk to God is recommended for children between 4 and 8 years of age. I thought the illustrations were beautiful and engaging. However, I suspect that girls may reread this book more than boys. The main character is a girl and many of the illustrations use so-called "girly" colors like pink and purple.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from The B & B Media Group, Inc. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
"Praying is just talking to God," Mom explained. "Do you only talk to me once or twice a day?"
"No," I giggled. "That's silly--I talk to you all day long!"
"Exactly!" she said. "And you can talk to God all day long too."
I thought about that for a minute. "But what would I talk to God about?"
"Anything you want to," Mom said. "Try it tomorrow. I bet you'll find all sorts of things to talk to Him about."
Thus begins the child's eye-opening journey as she finds more and more things to share with her Heavenly Father. We see her turn her failures, successes, concerns, questions, and feelings into conversations with God. By the end of the book, she's eager to hear what God has to say to her--through His Word.
This book brought to mind my first conversations with God. I remember struggling to find the right words in spite of that niggling suspicion that the things in my life weren't worthy to put before Him. Then I learned that I could simply pour out my heart and trust my Heavenly Father to sort through it all. I was older than the girl in the story when I learned this lesson, but aren't we all encouraged to become like little children in our faith? (Matthew 18)
This is a great story to give to any child. I think it would provoke interesting questions and conversations about how little ones can know God and be close to Him. I love the idea of children making God a central part of their lives early on. Dan and Ali have given us a wonderful tool for helping to make that happen.
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