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.
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
http://www.Instagram.com/MatthewPaulTurner 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
● Hardcover ● 48 Pages ● $11.99 U.S. / $15.99 Canada
eBook ISBN 9780525650614 ● $6.99 U.S. / $10.99 Canada