We want to share as many books that teach about God and aspects of his character while he is young. When I learned that pastor and author Rick Warren had produced a book about the Lord’s Prayer for children, I was excited to read it. Sadly, The Lord’s Prayer: Words of Hope and Happiness (published by Zonderkidz) didn’t quite live up to my high expectations.
Let me say two things to start. First, I think that the illustrations in this book by Richard Jesse Watson are beautiful. They are full of life, connect well with the text and depict a multi-ethnic array of children. I really love the illustrations. Second, I think that tackling such a big and important part of the Bible such as The Lord’s Prayer is very admirable. After all this how Jesus modeled prayer for us, so shouldn’t children learn about it in a way that will help them understand more about God?
I’m sad that I do have some problems with this book. The Lord’s Prayer: Words of Hope and Happiness sets the convention of reciting a sentence or phrase from The Lord’s Prayer and then expounding on it with both a short paragraph and prayer of thanksgiving. I love that it’s seeking to teach children about God, but there are a few illustrations that don’t match with the phrase of the actual Lord’s prayer, which even as an adult I find confusing. I really love that it closes with the complete prayer and a short word from Rick Warren. It really helps wrap it up nicely.
While I don’t think The Lord’s Prayer: Words of Hope and Happiness is a perfect book. It does serve as a great example for children to learn both about God and prayer. This sturdy board book would make a good addition to a holiday stocking or gift bag!
Kari Liked: The illustrations are my favorite part of The Lord’s Prayer: Words of Hope and Happiness.
Kari Didn’t Like: Sometimes the phrases from the prayer, the commentary and the illustrations didn’t seem cohesive.
(This post contains affiliate links. I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest refund, all opinions are my own.)