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About When I Pray for You

From the best-selling author of When God Made You and When God Made Light comes a beautifully affirming, deeply meaningful prayer from a parent to a loving God, asking for God's presence and comfort over the life of a child.

Something about seeing a beloved child come into the world, grow, and experience the wonder and pain of life drives adults to pray for the kids they love. Even people with no religious affiliation will pray for the well-being of a child. When I Pray for You celebrates the dreams, hopes, and longings we pray over our children, and shares with the little ones how much care, concern, and love a parent, family member, or friend feels for them.

From the moment I saw you,
I started to pray.
Big prayers and small ones
I have sent God's way.

I prayed you felt safe,
full of joy and content.
When I whispered "I love you,"
you knew what I meant.

Praise

A mother with wide, emerald eyes cradles her blanketed infant: “from the moment I saw you,/ I started to pray./ Big prayers and small ones/ I have sent God’s way.” As the child grows from a baby to a girl, the mother is encouraging yet watchful: “I pray you grow strong, have passion and fight./ And stand up for what’s good with all of your might.” Barnes’s ebullient artwork shows the child at a pool party, reading to her peers in a book nook, and playing in a band. A final spread shows that the child has not yet grown up; instead, the mother holds her baby on a hilltop under a gentle sky, projecting a life to come. New moms will welcome the wistful tone and scenes of a child’s joyful discoveries. Ages 3–7. (Feb.) -Publishers Weekly

About Matthew Paul Turner

MATTHEW PAUL TURNER is a blogger, speaker, and author of sixteen books, including the best-selling When God Made You and When God Made Light Matthew, his wife, Jessica, and their three children live in Nashville, Tennessee.

UK-based illustrator, KIMBERLEY BARNES, has worked with top clients such as Little Tiger, Top That Publishing, Igloo, and Macmillan Education. Her love of drawing began at a young age and fostered into a career in illustration, specializing in children's illustration. She enjoys the regular cup of tea and isn't partial to the odd biscuit or two.

Product Details

48 pages | Published by WaterBrook

On Sale Date: Feb 19, 2019

Trim Size: 8-1/2 x 8-1/2

Carton Quantity: 24

Sneak Peek

Read the first few pages of When I Pray for You. From the best-selling author of When God Made You and When God Made Light comes a beautifully affirming, deeply meaningful prayer from a parent to a loving God, asking for God's presence and comfort over the life of a child. Something about seeing a beloved child come into the world, grow, and experience the wonder and pain of life drives adults to pray for the kids they love. Even people with no religious affiliation will pray for the well-being of a child. When I Pray for You celebrates the dreams, hopes, and longings we pray over our children, and shares with the little ones how much care, concern, and love a parent, family member, or friend feels for them.

Press Release

Heartwarming and Affirming Picture Book Wonderfully Reveals Parents’ Great Love and
Tender Care for Their Children

 
From the Best-Selling Author of When God Made You

In his most profound and beautiful book yet, best-selling author Matthew Paul Turner has given parents fresh words to speak over their children during story time in When I Pray for You (WaterBrook, 2/19/19). With his trademark rhythmical style, Turner beautifully reveals the tender feelings connected with watching a beloved child grow and experience the world.
 
Prior to becoming a parent, Turner had no idea how often he would pray for his children or how prayer would so profoundly affect him. Now, as the parent of three young children, Turner says, “In many ways, praying is a bit like breathing: a consistent, conscious and subconscious longing of hope on behalf of my kids. Praying over them has been healing for me, redeeming, and it brings peace to my sometimes anxious heart. It’s my hope that this book will empower parents with good words to speak over their children.”  

I prayed you felt safe,

Full of joy and content,
When I whispered “I love you,”
You knew what I meant

When I Pray for You celebrates the dreams, hopes, and longings that parents pray over their children, while sharing with little ones how much care and concern a loved one feels for them.

Kimberly Barnes’ vivid and exuberant illustrations accentuate the story, providing a colorful landscape for the many prayers that surround a child from the moment they are born to the day they venture into the world.

I pray all you do
brings love and brings light,
and helps the world shine like new.
 
This beautifully affirming book will be treasured by Turner’s many thousands of readers and makes a perfect gift. It will appeal to those from diverse faith backgrounds, including Christian, Jewish and Muslim beliefs. Parents, grandparents and other caregivers will be encouraged to enjoy their children and grandchildren, continuing to pray blessings over them throughout their lives.   
 
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Matthew Paul Turner has authored more than 20 books including the Amazon top 5 best-selling When God Made You and When God Made Light, both of which were ECPA bestsellers. He has written for publications including USA Today, The Washington Post, Relevant, Christianity Today, and The Daily Beast. His unique blend of story with spiritual commentary has garnered him a large and loyal fan base. Matthew lives with his wife, Jessica, and their three children in Nashville. Visit him at www.MatthewPaulTurner.com
 
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ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR:
UK-based illustrator Kimberley Barnes fell in love with drawing at a young age and grew into a career  specializing in children's illustration. She enjoys the regular cup of tea and isn't partial to the odd biscuit or two. She lives near the sea on the Isle of Wight.
 
 
A mother with wide, emerald eyes cradles her blanketed infant: “from the moment I saw you,/ I started to pray./ Big prayers and small ones/ I have sent God’s way.” As the child grows from a baby to a girl, the mother is encouraging yet watchful: “I pray you grow strong, have passion and fight./ And stand up for what’s good with all of your might.” Barnes’s ebullient artwork shows the child at a pool party, reading to her peers in a book nook, and playing in a band. A final spread shows that the child has not yet grown up; instead, the mother holds her baby on a hilltop under a gentle sky, projecting a life to come. New moms will welcome the wistful tone and scenes of a child’s joyful discoveries.
Publishers Weekly  
 
 
Juvenile Fiction/Christian
ISBN 9780525650584 ● Hardcover ● 48 Pages ● $11.99 U.S. / $15.99 Canada
eBook ISBN 9780525650614 ● $6.99 U.S. / $10.99 Canada

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Brett Benson