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This Little Prayer of Mine Hardcover – February 16, 2010

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Praise for This Little Prayer of Mine
“Developing friendship with God and dependency on Him is best cultivated when still a child.  Anthony DeStefano’s This Little Prayer of Mine is a great tool for parents to use to help their youngsters learn to talk to God and begin to grow in their relationship with Him even at an early age.” 
— John Bornschein, executive director, National Day of Prayer Task Force

“In an increasingly hectic world, burdens can weigh heavily on even the youngest heart.  This Little Prayer of Mine offers a wonderful reminder about the source of joy and peace, and will draw children nearer to God.  They will learn of His love and care for every detail of their lives – a crucial foundation for a life of faith!”
— Danae Dobson, coauthor of Parables for Kids, Daughter of Dr. James Dobson and Shirley Dobson

“Anthony DeStefano has done it again. This Little Prayer of Mine reaches a younger audience and encourages the little ones to develop a prayer life and hear the voice of God.  As a talk show host I recommend this book as an excellent resource for the home and the Church community.”
— Theresa Tomeo, radio host EWTN Global Radio

“Everyday we must live in a close trusting relationship with God, always looking to Him for comfort and direction through prayer. This Little Prayer of Mine is the springboard for helping children to establish that type of life-long relationship with our Heavenly Father.  Both parents and children alike will praise Anthony DeStefano for this amazing little book.”
— Bernice A. King, Daughter of Martin Luther King, Jr. & Coretta Scott King

“Other than breathing, there is nothing more important for any child to learn – and learn deeply and well -- than to pray.  Talking with God should be as easy and natural as breathing and as necessary.  What a blessing Anthony DeStefano’s little book is!”
— Pat and Shirley Boone, entertainers

“What a grace-filled little book! Children who read Anthony DeStefano’s simple yet profound words will gain the confidence that God loves them, individually and personally, through all eternity.  It doesn't get any better than this, dear parents! Amen!”
—Barbara McGuigan, EWTN Voice of Virtue International 
 
 

About the Author

Anthony DeStefano’s books Ten Prayers God Always Says Yes To and A Travel Guide to Heaven have sold a quarter-million copies. He has received prestigious awards from religious organizations worldwide for his efforts to advance Christian beliefs in modern culture.
 
Mark Elliott’s brilliant illustrations have appeared in many picture books and novels for young readers, including Gail Carson Levine’s ever-popular Princess Tales series. His acclaimed artwork delivers inspiration, wonder, and timeless beauty on every page.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press; 1 edition (February 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307458040
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307458049
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.3 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,168,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Holst on February 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover
God cares about every detail of our lives. This book, in a sweet rhyming format with brilliant illustrations, demonstrates to children just how much. It helps children see they can pray and depend on God for everything.
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By Dogmom on February 23, 2010
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Sent this to 4 and 6 yr old. Their mom says they have read it every night since getting it (about 1 wk now).
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Literally soaking in this truth, I am splashing my children as well. Isn't this a foundation for everything, to know, dance, and breathe in His love. Imagine my delight when a children's book This Little Prayer of Mine by Anthony DeStefano arrived in my mail. The delightful pictures danced into my heart and I began to read. The last page ripped my heart and I knew it would NEVER be read in my home.

Whimsical text, colorful snapshots of childhood complete with tossled hair and puppy kisses adorn the pages. A simple heartfelt prayer of a little one, revealing how our Abba God delights in the details of life and created childhood to delight all of us. Dreams, mistakes, childhood wrapped in words. Sweetness like "But most of all I'm grateful for your love that never ends" made me smile.

This book almost won my heart and was read to my boys, until alas, I turned to the last page. A simple phrase, seemingly harmless "I'd like to ask again. Please love me God, forevermore" cut to my core. Such a simple mistake, but one that would not be read in my home.

We don't ask God to love us, He already does! We cannot plead for Him to love us forever. He IS love. He created it. It is His nature to love us always. He cannot change who He is. Maybe it's because of all I am learning. Maybe it is because of this mommy's heart fighting to only represent the TRUE nature of God to my boys. Maybe it's because I am wrapped in His love and I only want others to be as well. His love that never fails and cannot be asked for because it already exists in such enormous measure, we just need to believe it.
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I applaud Mr. DeStefano for this beautifully written book. It is never too early to teach our little ones about God and the importance of prayer and This Little Prayer of Mine gives us the perfect tool to help begin these important conversations with our children.
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Anthony DeStefano wants to teach children how to pray. And he succeeds. As parents, we want our children to understand the power and personal communication that prayer is supposed to be. DeStefano uses the child-like prayer in this book to illustrate how open and honest children can be when they pray to God. As far as prayer books go - this has to be the best one that I have read. It is real. Thoughts that a child would have. Thoughts that a child should know that God wants to hear. I like how this book demonstrates a conversation with God. Truly, that is what prayer is. My favorite part of this book is the illustrations. While reading with our children, we spend a lot of time looking analyzing the characters in the story - how are they feeling, why are they feeling that way, what fruit of the Spirit is this person showing or not showing. Even in the simple illustrations, there is a lot of discussion available. The reservation that I have with this book is the last words where the child prayers that God will always love them. A child never has to pray this. No matter what they do, God will always love them.
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This Little Prayer of Mine is beautifully illustrated. It is a great tool in teaching young children how to talk with God. There is not a more important thing that a child can learn than to pray. This book will help you and your child develop a relationship with our heavenly father. I recommend it as a staple in your child's nighttime reading collection. It's not too short, and not too long! It's just right for a bedtime story!
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A new children's bedtime book for believers of Jesus Christ has just been released by Random House publishing company. Written by Anthony DeStefano and illustrated by Mark Elliot, children can be read their bedtime prayer before closing their eyes for sleep.

Written in rhyme, DeStefano provides an indirect guide for children's prayers and each idea is beautifully illustrated in the style of Audrey Wood's children's books, such as The Napping House.

The first set of rhyme incorporates the child asking God if He will hear his prayer, since he is "just a child". This could be disturbing to some, given the fact that we are to 'become like little children' to enter the kingdom of God and Jesus scolded the disciples for thinking they needed to shoo the children away when they approached Him. It seemed strange to begin the book/prayer as if children (and I'm sure some may) aren't sure if God is listening to them.

This Little Prayer of Mine touches on subjects of sadness, loneliness, and other feelings and emotions with which children struggle and can pray about. It guides a child to pray for the present and future. The rhyming works for the most part (which all children love it a book), except for the very last page, where I felt it lost its rhythm and was a little off at the very end, leaving me, as the reader unfulfilled in terms of an all around, well-written children's book. However, the child being read to most likely won't notice, especially if the reader is prepared to make the glitch (I felt) in the rhyme work.

As in the beginning I had an issue with children questioning whether God listens to their prayers, I had another issue with the end in somewhat the same manner when it reads, "Please love me God, forevermore...
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