When I Pray for You

When I Pray for You

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780525650584
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/19/2019
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 4,035
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

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.

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When I Pray for You 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Rayleigh 3 months ago
When I Pray For You is a sweet book to read to your kiddos or grandbabies as a reminder of your undying love for them. More than just a book that talks about “now”–when they’re little– this book even tells the kids about your unconditional love throughout their future as preteens, teens, and adults. I loved the rhyming of the words and how the illustrations perfectly captured the feeling of the book–peaceful and welcoming. The words are easy to understand for littles though they may not understand the older teen references at the time. It is a book that would likely commit itself to one’s memory over time and if read often enough, I could easily see it being remembered as the child grows up, almost like a song. One aspect that I didn’t care for was the mention of teens and their stereotypical attitudes in the story and that it was spoken about as if the child would be expected to act like that without the option or opportunity to avoid it. Yes, typical teens do have attitudes but expecting them to be difficult and telling them that they’re going to be difficult, even from a young age, hardly seems to give them any other option to be that one-of-a-kind teen. But I believe that is simply a minority personal preference. Overall, I liked When I Pray For You and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Recommended for ages 2-5. I received this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own. This is a LiteratureApproved.com Review.
annelr 8 months ago
When I Pray for You by Matthew Paul Turner is a delightful book. The author has geared this beautiful hardcovered book to 3-7-year-olds and it is a great read-aloud book, simple enough to be understood by all and to be read by the older child as well. It captures well a parent's and grandparent's prayers for a child as the child grows through the years and goes through many different experiences. Kimberley Barnes has done a magnificent job of illustrating the book with bold colored whimsical pictures and I love how the children depicted are from diverse backgrounds. What a wonderful gift for a new parent or as in my case, for a grandchild's third birthday. I cannot wait to read this to her and her siblings over and over until the message of unconditional love seeps into their spirits. I received a complimentary copy of the book from Waterbrook Publishers and was not required to write a review. The opinions are my own.
vics49548 9 months ago
Author Matthew Paul Turner is very gifted at writing children’s books. I’ve enjoyed sharing each of them with the children in my life, and this one is no different. Beautifully illustrated, as each of his books are, the pictures are sure to draw the attention of your child, helping to open discussion as you are reading to them. The words in this book. Oh the words. They will hit the heart of each parent and grandparent for they are indeed the things we pray over our children. Poignant, they warmed my heart and even brought tears. It’s wonderful to let our littles know what we are praying for them, and talking about the things we most want for them. A wonderful book, I encourage you to pick up a copy of it for a parent you know. I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review. Author Matthew Paul Turner is very gifted at writing children’s books. I’ve enjoyed sharing each of them with the children in my life, and this one is no different. Beautifully illustrated, as each of his books are, the pictures are sure to draw the attention of your child, helping to open discussion as you are reading to them. The words in this book. Oh the words. They will hit the heart of each parent and grandparent for they are indeed the things we pray over our children. Poignant, they warmed my heart and even brought tears. It’s wonderful to let our littles know what we are praying for them, and talking about the things we most want for them. A wonderful book, I encourage you to pick up a copy of it for a parent you know. I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.
Cheri5 More than 1 year ago
When I Pray for You by Matthew Turner was a delightful book. It’s one that I thought would be perfect for my great niece and I was right. It’s a perfect blend of creativity, rhyming and God’s truth intermixed that will stay with her long after the pages have been turned. I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are mine.
Kate-SongsKateSang More than 1 year ago
Last night, I sat with my three youngest children and read the book (ages - 7, 3, and 1). The beautiful illustrations and the gentle and inspiring message captivated their bedtime reading attention. I was so moved by this amazing message, reminded me to keep on praying for my children. Matthew has such an amazing gift at writing children's books. I'm so excited we are able to add this to the collection.
Creative2xmom More than 1 year ago
An inspiring book about the special bond between child and parent, When I Pray for You celebrates all the wishes and dreams we hold for our little ones. From birth, through childhood, into the growing years, Matthew Paul Turner perfectly captures the heartfelt sentiment that changes and grows as our children do. The publisher's description markets this book to ages 3-7 years, but the message transcends time. As I read this book with my children, it brought tears to my eyes. The author's words were exactly what I wanted to say to my kids, even the teenager. Through the good days and the bad, I hope these are words that they'll remember spoke over them... "I've prayed for you... I cherish you... I'm here for you." I can see myself read turning to this one again and again as my own words fail to share how deeply I feel for my children. And how much I pray for them day after day. *Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
laneytk More than 1 year ago
What a beautiful book. The words are thoughtful and descriptive and the photographs are so colorful and do a really good job of explaining the words. I read this to my 15yrs old and we both cried together. I can tell her I pray for her but this explains how and why in a beautiful loving way. So sweet. Would definitely suggest this book to friends and multiple readings.
jsanck15 More than 1 year ago
This book stopped me in my tracks. Praying for my children is something I need to do more of, and this book completely nailed the times I do pray for them. It left me in tears! It’s beautifully written and illustrated, and would make a wonderful gift for new parents.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most beautifully written children's books I have read. The best one on prayer. It captured all three of my children's attention and reminded us of how and why we pray for our kids. I have prayed for my kids from the day they were born and this book also showed me ways to change how I pray for them at the ages they are at. From the big things to the small things the value of prayer is important and it is shown in this book. Matthew Paul Turner captured it all in his writing. it will make you laugh and possibly cry, and remember the value and importance of praying for our kids no matter the age.
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
When I Pray for You By Matthew Paul Turner Illustrated by Kimberly Barnes When I Pray for You is a story that shares the love of a parent for their child each and every time they pray for them. Each day brings growth and new prayers and wonders. From the moment of first knowing one's child and through the years of change one prays for growth and a purpose that brings caring, love and light to the world. This picture book is less than 40 pages with approximately 20 to 40 words per page. The book has a lyrical flow that is well suited to the illustrations (or I should perhaps say the illustrations are well suited to the textual flow). The illustrations are well developed, colored throughout with a blend of brights, pastels, and primaries. The friends of the main child that are portrayed are a well-balanced variance of skin tones which is, in my opinion, a definite plus. This is a lovely story that you'll love sharing with all the little ones in your life and it may become a favorite bedtime go-to choice. Know someone expecting a little one? This would be the perfect gift. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through their book launch program.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderfully written and illustrated story book. I loved the prayers that they used throughout the book. This is a great book for young children. I received a copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
Jennifer_Grant More than 1 year ago
“When I Pray for You” launched a few days ago, has already sold out (nearly everywhere), and the publisher has sprinted to do a second printing. Congratulations, and so well-deserved, Matthew Paul Turner! I so love many things that other reviewers have mentioned: the charming illustrations and inclusion of kids of various races and abilities, the gentle, loving message, and the invitation to accept our kids just as they are. But what struck me as I read it (and I’ve read it now several times) is that it might serve as a primer for parents of babies and young children on *how* to pray for them. It’s not preachy or moralizing, but gives voice to parents’ private hopes for their kids. Also, as the parent of four nearly-grown children myself who came to me both the traditional way and via adoption, I appreciate that this book would be appropriate for adoptive parents as well. Hard to pick a favorite line, but I adore the phrasing and message of, “That your brave little spirit never ceases to shine.”
JennRych More than 1 year ago
This book has such beautiful illustrations paired with a beautiful message - one that perfectly conveys the overwhelming sentiments that all parents have for their children! I'm so grateful to the publisher for letting my family and I get an early look at this one - it is so super special!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The newest children's book from Matthew Paul Turn, When I Pray for You, is absolutely incredible. From the writing on each page to the illustrations, you'll be oohing and ahing and crying! It's a special book for sure. Turner has a way with words that draw in people of all ages. Both of my boys (5 and 2.5) have enjoyed reading. The concept of praying for our children is an important one and I try hard each day to pray for our boys. This book put to words what I often pray for in my heart. It's incredibly neat to see the illustrations which are beautiful and inclusive. Children of all races are included and children with different uniquenesses are included as well and that is important and special. This book is definitely worth checking out! **I am glad I was able to be a part of this launch team.**
MLAVegasmom More than 1 year ago
When I look into the faces of my children and see the divine, I am often left speechless. Thank you Matthew Paul Turner for writing the feelings of my heart and prayers of my soul in this precious and beautiful book. I may even someday be able to read the book through without crying big alligator tears.
EKB13 More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most beautiful children's books I have read. I am not ashamed to admit that I pretty much cried through the entire first reading of it- it is so filled with the love and hope and prayer that all parents have for their kids, put into such eloquent writing. I also need to mention that the illustrations are simply gorgeous and fit the text perfectly- both my children could "see" themselves and their friends or classmates in these photos and that is so important. This is a book I will cherish and read for years to come- it expresses everything I would want to say to my children. I can not recommend this book highly enough. EVERY parent should get a copy of this (or like me, get one for each child and write a special note in it so they may cherish it for years on end!) I wish I could give it a million-star review!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beyond the exquisite illustrations/colors are the deeply felt words of love for your child. Who could wish more for the overall life of their child than what is prayed in this book. I cried, I laughed, I felt grateful and found new ways to cherish those I love. Then I ordered it for my daughter! This book holds perfectly worded expressions of love.
SClubMama More than 1 year ago
Prayer comes naturally to me in only one form: for my children. I have to work harder to take the time to pray for most all else. Matthew Paul Turner must know the heart of parents for their children because his new book “When I Pray for You” perfectly articulates those prayers laid at the feet of Our Savior. What I love: This book knows prayers - real prayers from parents: prayers for well-being (emotional and physical), for their futures, their passions. Prayers when they are cute and cuddly. Prayers for when they aren’t. Prayers to help them along or watch them fly solo. All the prayers summarized in this lyrical, beautifully illustrated book. Too often when a book is about prayer, it's very vague. While this book does not articulate specific prayers, it does encompass what we pray about when we pray for our children! I’ve read through it with each of my kids - 11, 9, 3, and 7 months old. Each line fit them perfectly (especially the one about light saber fights!!). I enjoy books that are timeless more than those specific to one short age. I'm feeding the baby while reading this one. What I didn't like: My only warning is that you will probably cry, mama. This is one of those tear-jerkers that will pull at the heart strings. But that’s a sign of a classic book, in my opinion. OK so this isn't even really something I dislike about the book. I don't mind being emotional about my children at all. It's good for our children to see a book like the evoke some emotions! For very small, wiggly ones, it is a bit long but that's ok; they can sit through it. It's that good. Why should you read it: This would be such a good baby shower gift, new baby gift, birthday gift, anytime gift! It goes on sale tomorrow! This brand new book is so beautiful; it's sure to be a book your family will treasure for a long time! Disclaimer: I received this book in order to write an honest review. All opinions are my own and may differ from others' opinions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"When I Pray for you" is a beautifully written & illustrated book that is a MUST READ for every Child. This book takes you on a journey of Praying over your child as you read the story. We must be intentional about praying for the children of this World because the are growing up in a challenging World. This would make a great gift for anyone that has a child or LOVES a child! This book should be on every Bookshelf, in every home across the World!
CaptainChaosMom More than 1 year ago
Have the tissues handy! Got my book ON release day - thank you Amazon Prime! Read it with the kids that night...7 yo loved it, but I think she’s on the upper end of the age range of kids who’d enjoy sitting and reading/listening to this one. A beautifully lyrical and illustrated gem that will make any parent or grandparent fight to not cry while reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is such a sweet book for families of all kinds! Such amazing artwork and words that my son loves! I will be using this as a gift for all baby gifts in the future!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I Pray For You is a new Classic! The story itself is a beautiful prayer to speak over your child. Matthew writes the words here that are so often hard to find when we speak what’s in our hearts for our children. The illustrations are vibrant, diverse, and delightfully whimsical. This book is a must for every child’s library. It would also make a lovely gift for an adolescent or teen celebrating a new milestone! Such a treasure!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is fantastic! The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous, and the message is beautiful. Be prepared to grab some tissue before reading it to/with your little one(s) the first time!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the most genuinely sweetest books I’ve ever read to my kids. It’s all the things I would tell them I pray about them if I could find the right words! The book is gorgeously illustrated and very inclusive which I also loved. I think everyone should have this book—it’s excellent for reading to your kids but it is so calming and heart warming that there’s no reason to not have it on your shelf, kids or not! I love that I got an advance copy from the publisher and have longer to enjoy it with my family!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A beautiful book cover to cover! I will be purchasing this book for all my new mama friends. It is an uplifting and inspiring story for all to read.