Friday, August 14, 2015

I Believe in Prayer

Do you believe in prayer?  I hope you do.   I remember once as a young child looking up to the stars and wondering where God was.  Was He far away?  Was He near?  Was He there at all?  I prayed to find out . . . and in return I felt His love.

Many times since then, I have prayed to feel that same love surround me.  It's hard to explain in words how praying makes me feel, but there is a very peaceful power that fills my heart when I pray.  If you have never prayed before, I encourage you to try it--at least once--and see what happens.

When You Pray:

* Express gratitude

* Talk freely about how you feel

* It's okay to ask for help

* Look for an answer -- they often come in subtle, but sweet ways

CLICK for more info on how to pray and seek answers

I had the opportunity to review a special new book called I Can Pray Everyday as part of the Cedar Fort Blog Tours.  I have to say I love the simplicity of this book.  This is the perfect book to teach your kids about prayer.  It simply explains that you can pray anytime, anywhere.

The illustrations are friendly and happy.  The book shows all the times and places that a person can pray and because it is written in first person, it's very easy for a child to relate to the little girl in the pictures.

This book has simple rhymes that explain the power of prayer.  Like the one pictured above . . . "I know He listens and He cares."  Oh, and my daughter LOVES the teddy bear that is illustrated following the girl along through her day.

Mostly, I love the reminder that prayer is good.  Prayer can help us.  Prayer can help others.  Prayer can help the whole world.  I definitely recommend I Can Pray Everyday by Catherine Christensen.

About the author of I Can Pray Everyday:
Catherine loves books. She reads books, writes books, edits books, collects books, and even shelved books at the library for her first job. She also loves to travel and explore the world with her husband, Jon, and her daughter, Juliette. Catherine earned her BA from Brigham Young University. She grew up in England and now lives in Springville, Utah.
About the illustrator:
Corey Egbert has illustrated over ten books for children and numerous other publications. He has also exhibited his work in galleries and won awards for his handmade prints and digital illustrations. He lives in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with his wife, his son, and their orange tabby.

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