Also by this author: Jesus and the Very Big Surprise: A True Story about Jesus, His Return, and How to Be Ready, Jesus and the Lions' Den: A True Story about How Daniel Points Us to Jesus, Goodbye to Goodbyes: A True Story About Jesus, Lazarus, and an Empty Tomb, The Friend Who Forgives: A True Story About How Peter Failed and Jesus Forgave, God's Very Good Idea: A True Story of God's Delightfully Different Family, The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross, The Storm That Stopped, The One O'Clock Miracle, The Christmas Promise, The Prisoners, the Earthquake, and the Midnight Song
Published by Good Book Company on September 1, 2021
Genres: Children's, Children's Educational
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When children have something on their minds, they tend to run to their parents and caregivers. Wouldn't it be great if they also learned that they can talk to God about anything and everything because Jesus has made that possible?
This beautifully illustrated Bible storybook, by Risen Motherhood co-founder Laura Wifler, takes children on a journey from the start of the Bible story to the end. From Eden and God's presence, through the fall, redemption, and the Spirit's presence with us now, to our presence with God in the future, God has always made a way for his people to talk with him. Children will learn a biblical understanding of prayer, why it's amazing, and that they can enjoy talking with God about anything, anytime, anywhere.
Includes Jesus' teaching on the Lord's Prayer to help children know how to pray.
I always enjoy books from the Tales that Tell the Truth series, and even though this book focuses on prayer instead of telling a particular Bible story, it is still narrative-driven. Laura Wifler opens the book with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, explaining that even though they could walk and talk as friends with God, after they sinned, they wanted to hide from God and not talk to Him. Any Time, Any Place, Any Prayer emphasizes that God always wants us to talk to Him, and the book highlights the role of prayer in biblical history and tells the story of Jesus. The exuberant text shares the joy and hope that we have in the gospel, knowing that in Christ, there is no longer anything separating us from God.
The book includes examples of historical figures characterized by prayer, such as Susanna Wesley and Civil Rights leader John Perkins, and the last pages encourage children to pray, giving examples of the kinds of feelings and situations that they can take to God every day. The book ends with a beautiful page spread imagining heaven, where we will be with God one day. Catalina Echeverri’s illustrations are beautiful, striking, and unique throughout the book, and this last page made me gasp. She consistently does beautiful work, and I love how her art ties this series together, even though the books come from a range of different authors.
Any Time, Any Place, Any Prayer: A True Story of How You Can Talk With God is a beautiful, high-quality book that celebrates the story of Jesus and encourages kids to pray. I would highly recommend this to Christian families, churches, and Christian schools, and parents and teachers should check out some of the free resources related to the book that are available on the Good Book Company website. This is a great book for kids and their adults to enjoy together, and the whole-picture, gospel-focused emphasis on prayer is very inspiring.