Friday, September 18, 2015

Let's Learn About the Lord's Prayer by Catherine DeVries [Review & Giveaway]

ISBN13: 9780781412698
About the book: In this first book of the HeartSmart series, preschoolers are invited on a playdate with Emma. Together they learn the Lord’s Prayer and practice “teaching” it to Emma’s favorite teddy bear.

Introducing HeartSmart, a Scripture memory series designed to create opportunities for children to fill their heart with God’s Word. HeartSmart combines key Scriptures with songs, giving parents a spiritual formation path for building a strong foundation of faith.

The entire Lord’s Prayer is included, along with a custom song (free download with access code).

Let's Learn About the Lord's Prayer features artwork from up-and-coming artist Ryan Jackson.

My thoughts: Teachable moments are so important! Scheduled opportunities like devotional time or storytime are important! But taking the opportunity to weave spiritual instruction into the web and flow of daily life is taking advantage of each and every teachable moment. So it seems that in Catherine DeVries' book The Lord's Prayer, little Emma has learned a bit about praying the Lord's Prayer and is sharing it with her friend who is visiting.  This conveys to me that Emma has been taught "The Lord's Prayer," and that she is sharing it with her friend.

Emma is abounding in joy and happiness and that is evident in her eyes and spontaneous action of showing her friend her room and her favorite teddy bear. Then it is time to eat and Emma prays. She also talks about learning "The Lord's Prayer." She then begins to explain the prayer and quote lines of the prayer.

You can't go wrong anytime you teach a child about God and his word and in "The Lord's Prayer" we learn so much about thankfulness to God and forgiveness from God and of others.

The concept is good, and I won't say I don't like it because I believe there is definite benefit to the book. However, I simply think that Emma is a bit "over-the-top." The illustrations are bold and have a "roughness" about them which is, well, different.

BEGINS 9/18/15 EDT
ENDS 9/29/15 @ 12:01 A.M. EDT
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About the author: Catherine DeVries has written twenty books for children, including the bestselling The Adventure Bible Storybook. As associate publisher of Children's Resources at David C Cook, she leads product development for The Action Bible collection, which has sold over a million copies. Catherine lives with her husband, their three children, and their big furry dog in the Colorado forest.

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from Litfuse Publicity Group to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own. I was not compensated for this review.


  1. My husband and I have been teaching my son about God since he was very little. We would have talks first, then he would watch videos for kids about God, then we purchased at least 3 beautiful Children's Bibles for him. He also has bible apps on his ipad.

  2. I am now teaching my 18 1/2 month old granddaughter about Jesus and God. This consists of reading bible story board books; singing songs and saying grace before we eat.
    Thank you for this giveaway.

  3. We do Bible studies with our boys, say nightly prayers and remind them that when they feel they have no one else, God is there.

  4. By saying their prayers with them.

  5. I don't instruct my niece and nephews but I support my sisters. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

  6. Sounds like you have mixed feelings about this one! I'm happy to share your giveaway on Twitter. Thanks for linking into the Kid Lit Blog Hop and Book Giveaway Linky! :-)

  7. We read Bible story books and talk about Bible stories.

  8. I instruct my children in spiritual matters by reading bible stories together and watch children's videos on God and Jesus.

  9. It truly warms my heart to hear you speak of teaching the little ones about God. I have been in Sunday School and Church most of my life. I have taught young children about God, Jesus, Salvation, Creation, and to love God's Word. There is great joy in seeing these little ones absorb the knowledge that God loves them.

  10. Looks like a book for parents to utilize. Thanks for sharing on the Kid Lit Blog Hop.

  11. Sounds like a wonderful story. My grandson has prayed with us since he was just a couple years old and you can see his relationship with God flourish as he grows. Thanks for sharing this on the hop. Sorry I missed the giveaway!


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