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Writing to God: Kids' Edition Paperback – March 1, 2012
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Writing to God: Kids' Edition shows kids how their prayers:
- Don't have to be perfect to reach God.
- Don't have to use big or fancy words.
- May tell a story using words or pictures.
- Can be happy or sad.
- May have misspelled and crossed-out words. (God understands when we make mistakes.)
"Rachel Hackenberg has an amazing ability to transform the most ordinary elements in a child's life. She invites kids to be themselves but also to see their world through God's eyes." --Trish Heidebrecht, Christian Educator, Chippawa Presbyterian Church
"Rachel Hackenberg's book introduces us to a practical method that should work for just about everyone. All that is needed is a simple writing tool, some paper, and the imagination that often comes from being a kid." -- Rev. Ricky Manalo, CSP, is a liturgical composer, author, and member of the Paulist Fathers Community.
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Thank you to the author for creating a book that has deepened my daughter's understanding of the simplicity of connecting with and communicating with God - this is invaluable to me as a parent!
This is part of their statements: "And so we were the first historically... to ordain an openly gay man, and the first Christian church to affirm the right of same-gender couples to marry."
Just wanted to point to this fact for those of you who pay attention to the sources of your Christian devotions materials. I understand that the statement sounds very mainstream, but what's the point of following Christ if we want to alter His truth.
Often times a child might keep a journal to express herself but Writing to God goes beyond a simple journal. I feel that the author not only wants the child to see life through God's eyes but to use all of her senses to experience God's creations. This out-of-the-box approach opens the child's mind to noticing the world she's in and to really experience all of the wonders God surrounds her with each and everyday.
By encouraging the child to write about "things I am thankful for smelling" (#1) The child takes time to remember the simple pleasure in the smell of warm cookies or mom's perfume. By asking her to write about the feel of a soft blanket or the sound of the rain, Hackengberg shows the child that God can be appreciated in every little thing.
The stories from other children and the prayer examples throughout the book, showed my daughter that others had her same concerns and shared her same worries. These examples also showed her that her prayers don't have to sound rehearsed or perfect, that simply being in His presence and praying in her own words is what matters most.
My daughter age 10, enjoyed the book very much. She felt that writing prayers to God gave her a way to hand her troubles to Him and in doing so took the worry off of her. She felt that her praises to God seemed more meaningful because she was taking the time to sit and write to Him.
In Writing to God, Hackenberg has given children wonderful prayer tools that they can continue to use as they grow both in the world and in His word. Creative and well-written with the loving care of an encouraging mom, this book has something both children and their parents can truly benefit from.
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Written specifically for children, this book points kids toward writing their own prayers to God. As an idea book, Writing to God -- Kids' Edition would also be great for adults, both for writing their own prayers and for teaching.
Hackenberg gives lots of explanations and examples and the book is laced with whimsical sketched drawings all of which heighten the invitation for kids to come to God with their thoughts, ideas, and wiritng.
Themes to jump start the prayers include feelings...upset, tired, grumpy, happy; Bible verses; nature...water, trees, animals; colors; ordinary events; word pictures; and "thank You" prayers.
I would have loved having this book as a child and would have been delighted to start my own prayer notebook! Hackenberg says: Grab a pencil. God is there to listen and to love you.
I agree. In fact, you are never too old to start Writing to God!
Paraclete Press, the publisher of this book, provided me with my complimentary copy of Writing to God -- Kids' Edition.