Little Hands Learning to Pray by Carine Mackenzie, (Christian Focus Publications, 2010), 139 pages. Read to ages 2-4. Read by ages 5-6. Over the last couple of weeks, I've been working through this excellent little book on prayer for preschoolers. The book contains eight units filled with 4 to 12 two-page devotional thoughts on prayer. Each devotional includes one Bible verse, two short paragraphs of explanation, and a full-page illustration with interactive questions. The first four units and first 64 pages of the book teach the ACTS method for praying, which I learned as a teenager in church:
- Adoration: I love you, God.
- Confession: I'm sorry, God.
- Thanksgiving: Thank you, God.
- Supplication: Please God.
The second section teaches a theology of prayer with the following units:
- God's Word Teaches Us How to Pray.
- Jesus Prayed.
- Bible People Who Prayed
- God Listens to our Prayers
Here are some of the cool features of the book. The ACTS method is classic, and I really like the idea of teaching it in this simple format to our littlest ones. The interactive pictures are useful for family devotions and for use in a children's ministry context. The sample prayer diary at the back is super useful for family devotions. And the Bible Passages list on pages 134-135 is also really helpful for making this book a tool to use as a supplement to a Bible lesson on prayer. **I think every Christian children's book should have a Scripture index.** I highly recommend this book for use at home and during a children's ministry setting.
I received a complimentary copy of the book, Little Hands Learning to Pray, from Christian Focus Publications for review purposes.