Jared Patrick Boyd has discovered that children’s spiritual formation is rooted in the imagination. When we lead our children through guided times of imaginative prayer, they can have real spiritual experiences with God. This unique resource provides a year’s worth of weekly guided imaginative prayer, themed around core topics.
The Boy and the Ocean
“Just how wide, how deep, and how big is the love of God really?” This is the question on the flyleaf of this beautiful children’s book by author Max Lucado. The answer? “God love is like the ocean…It’s always here. It’s always deep. It never ends. God’s love is special.” It’s a powerful message and a timeless truth that comes alive alongside illustrations by T. Lively Fluharty that could stand alone as a wordless book. The positive portrayal of parents who include God in the flow of everyday life is refreshing.
From the author and illustrator of The Jesus Storybook Bible, this collection of 101 “simple yet profound thoughts on faith” delivers spiritual truth in a conversational tone for kids. The “thoughts” are brief, anchored in scripture and designed to reveal the character of God while inviting the reader to experience God’s love in everyday life. Perfect for family devotions, story time with kids or as part of a bedtime routine.
The title page of this visually stunning book says, “The biblical Psalms describe a whole range of emotions, from joy and wonder to sadness and regret. This collection of Psalms, paraphrased for young readers, uses simple yet powerful imagery to help children express their feelings.” And it’s true. Psalms for Young Children does help kids express their feelings but that’s only part of the story. Working through its pages with a young reader, you will quickly discover its value as a prayer book, teaching them to pray, and a songbook, teaching them to worship.
How do you teach a child to pray, to begin a lifetime of loving dialogue with the ever-present, accessible God? Praying in Color: Kid’s Edition is “prayer that makes sense to kids” and a wonderful guide for parents, grandparents and teachers who want to encourage a life of prayer in a child using the medium of artistic expression.
C.S. Lewis said, “Children are not a distraction from more important work. They are the most important work.” MIW is a spiritual formation-based blog aimed at helping moms nurture an intimate love relationship with Jesus in their children through curiosity, creativity and consistency. The articles are practical, accessible and helpful for parents who desire to live at Godspeed and sow the Jesus life into their kids. Check it out for FREE at mostimportantwork.com
Wess Stafford wrote, “The Best News Ever is a great resource for anyone working with kids, or a parent wanting to share Jesus with their child in a fresh, simple way.” With a beautifully illustrated storyline rooted in God’s extravagant love, this book is designed to help kids discover the truth that they were created with a purpose and a plan, to dream big dreams, see impossible things, and change the world with the power and love of God that lives inside them. You won’t find a more helpful, not to mention colorful, way to invite a child into a lifelong love relationship with Jesus.