I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by B&H Publishing Group. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.My Little Words Devotional (Padded) by Michelle Prater Burke
Illustrator: Holli Conger
Published by B&H Publishing Group on 2017-11
Genres: Christian, Devotional & Prayer, Juvenile Nonfiction, Religious
Source: B&H Publishing Group
Grow your toddler’s heart with little words from God’s Word! These nineteen little words offer a big way to connect your toddler to the Bible! With each tiny-sized devotion, your little one will better understand words such as Jesus, joy, promise, and prayer and learn to connect them with short Scriptures. It’s a perfect first devotional for your favorite toddler!
Text by Michelle Prater Burke. Illustrated by Holli Conger.
Let’s talk the idea of toddler and children’s devotional books. You don’t see many of them. I don’t know why that is but it’s a trend that needs to catch on. There’s devotionals for women, moms, dads, men, college students, teens, even t’weens. There are devotionals for different career paths. There are devotionals everywhere but few focus on our younger and eager to learn children. Learning how to communicate with God and learning scripture at a young age translates into a stronger walk into adulthood, in my opinion. There are things about this book that I love and things that left me disappointed.
Let’s talk disappointment first. When I think of ‘devotional’ I think of a life application that is derived from scripture. I think of personal anecdotes that correspond with the intention behind the scripture. I think of the author’s takeaway that leads itself into finding your own relevant takeaway. However, it all comes back to scripture. As I read through the book I don’t find scripture until the parent page at the end. One verse to help parents to build devotional time with their child. One verse. If this was titled ‘My Little Words of Faith’ book I wouldn’t be so frustrated. If this was titled ‘My Little Words of Prayer’ I wouldn’t be so frustrated. But it’s a ‘devotional’. While the words and accompanying prayers are rooted in scripture there is no scripture to devote to the study of the words and anecdotes. That is a huge disappointment.
That aside there are things I love. This is a padded board book. The covers are soft with padding while the pages are heavy and thick to withstand ‘love’ by young hands. The illustrations are colorful and inviting. The ‘words’ are timely and relevant with accompanying small prayers to help children learn how to pray. It’s nice to see the prayers as so many times we forget that prayers don’t have to be formal and wordy. I remember many moons ago when I was a nanny for a friend. We had bedtime prayer and my friend had commented to me that she liked her children listening to me pray for them. I just talked to God, my friend. No ‘Our Heavenly Father’ but ‘Dear God’. If you know me at all in real life, I’m not a very formal person. I wears jammies all day around the house and wear my hair in a ‘meme bun’ all the time. The words are simple but can easily grow with a child from toddler-hood into grade school. Things like brave, kindness, patience and sharing. Words like Jesus, rest, love, and prayer. Words that children learn as they grow. Words that children sometimes need gentle reminders to practice. Words and prayer make a pretty good combination.