When I Pray for You (Hardcover)

By Matthew Paul Turner, Kimberley Barnes (Illustrator)

WaterBrook, 9780525650584, 48pp.

Publication Date: February 19, 2019

List Price: 11.99*
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Description

USA Today bestseller
Publishers Weekly bestseller
Wall Street Journal bestseller

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.


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.


Praise For When I Pray for You

A mother with wide, emerald eyes cradles her blanketed infant: “from the moment I saw you,/ I started to pray./ Big prayers and small ones/ I have sent God’s way.” As the child grows from a baby to a girl, the mother is encouraging yet watchful: “I pray you grow strong, have passion and fight./ And stand up for what’s good with all of your might.” Barnes’s ebullient artwork shows the child at a pool party, reading to her peers in a book nook, and playing in a band. A final spread shows that the child has not yet grown up; instead, the mother holds her baby on a hilltop under a gentle sky, projecting a life to come. New moms will welcome the wistful tone and scenes of a child’s joyful discoveries. Ages 3–7. (Feb.) -Publishers Weekly