I agreed to review This Little Prayer of Mine by Anthony DeStefano because I am working on adding to the children’s book section of my library. I didn’t know anything about the author and had no idea if I would like this particular book or not. (This was a different approach than the other two books I have reviewed so far…I agreed to do Dug Down Deep and Start Here because I was pretty sure I would like the books.)
Overall, this is a good book. Prayer should be an important aspect of Christians’ lives and it is important to teach it to children early in life. This book offers prayers in the form of two lines of rhyming poetry. It covers topics such as turning to God when we’re afraid, being brave, and facing fears instead of succumbing to them. It encourages the reader to choose to be happy even when you’re feeling sad. Several prayers emphasize choosing to do right even when tempted to do wrong. There are several pages thanking God for the many blessings He gives (i.e. toys, summertime, puppies, ice cream, family, friends, and His love.)
So the book encourages quite a few of character qualities in which children should be trained. However, there are several points that I would like to draw attention to. Adult Christians can read books with discernment and understand what is right and wrong. This book is written for very young children. I believe it is very important that Christians are very cautious about what books they put in the hands of their children. With that in mind, there are several points that some parents might want to be aware of before they buy the book.
- The cover of the book portrays two children kneeling by a bed praying. In the background, there is a picture of two angels looking down on the children. The angels however are the typical cherubs. It does both me that such a picture is on the cover of a book. The Bible present a completely different picture of angels (grown men, undoubtedly completely clothed…and the don’t always have wings.) Pictures speak a thousand words and children should not think that angels are little naked babies. This is not enough to keep me from sharing this book with my nephews…but it is something to be aware of.
- Depending on your position regarding the role of women in government, there could be another page that could be troubling. There is one part where the book talks about the potential children have to grow up and be anything they want. One particular page depicts a little girl as president of the United States.
- I had Carrie read the book since she could look at this book through the eyes of a mother. She also mentioned another page that tells children they might be a movie star or play in a band. Certainly this is true…but Carrie just said she would hope her boys would aspire to something more than that.
If you are interested in purchasing a copy of this book, please visit RandomHouse publishers.
This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.
~ Melinda ~