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About When I Pray for You

USA Today bestseller
Publishers Weekly bestseller
Wall Street Journal bestseller

From the author of the best-selling When God Made You comes a new illuminating message about God's design affirming young readers.


With lyricism, whimsy, and heartfelt emotion, Matthew Paul Turner reveals the tender emotions connected with watching a beloved child grow up and experience the world. Paired with Kimberley Barnes's vivid and playful illustrations, When I Pray for You is a beautifully affirming book, in which children and parents will see their own stories come to life.

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

This is a book you will read to your child again and again. Perfect for any occasion, as well as for milestones including baby showers, birthdays, and graduations.

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

ECPA bestseller

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

In this cheerful, reflective rhyming children’s picture book, author Matthew Paul Turner shares a parent’s prayer for a child to grow up in the love and light of God: “I pray you love well.\ That the light in you swells.\ That the story God writes is the one that you tell.” The parent prays for the child’s joys, achievements, fears, and dreams, reminding the child, “When I pray for you, I imagine God’s view\ And pray all that God sees comes alive inside you.” Turner’s hopeful, encouraging poetry is complemented by illustrator Kimberley Barnes’s pictures of vivacious, ethnically diverse characters and bright, buoyant settings of home, playground, nature, and more. When I Pray for You would make an excellent gift to parents of newborns and to children at the time of their baptism. (WaterBrook, 2019)
-The Banner

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.

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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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