I’m a big fan of Sarah Young’s work and Jesus Calling and all the books within the Jesus Calling family of books. I literally own a copy of all the titles in the Jesus Calling family of books in all age groups. When I found out about Jesus Listens: 365 Prayers for Kids, I couldn’t wait to read it! Jesus Listens: 365 Prayers for Kids is a tad different than what Sarah Young usually writes. Ms. Young’s work is usually Jesus’ words/thoughts towards us, but in Jesus Listens: 365 Prayers for Kids it’s a letter of our words/thoughts towards Jesus. Geared toward 8-12 year-olds, Jesus Listens: 365 Prayers for Kids has 365 different prayers for each day of the year. Each month and each day starts with a Bible verse. Each devotion entry, as mentioned before, starts off with a Bible verse, a prayer/letter to Jesus that’s based on that day’s Bible verse and theme, and more Bible verses that correspond with that day’s devotion entry.
When I started reading Jesus Listens: 365 Prayers for Kids by Sarah Young as part of my devotion time, I honestly could not stop reading just one devotion entry per day and always read more than one devotion entry. I love how easy-to-read each entry is and at the same time has some meat to it for a young, growing Christian. I love how Biblically sound it is and how it deals with age appropriate issues–like worry and thinking and doing the right thing. I love that it’s written as though the reader is writing an honest prayer/letter to Jesus, as though you are writing it yourself. I have always recommended any book within the Jesus Calling family of books and Jesus Listens: 365 Prayers for Kids is no different. I highly recommend Jesus Listens: 365 Prayers for Kids and plan on giving copies away to add to people’s libraries as well as my own. If you are looking for a devotion book to help the 8-12 year-olds in your life, then you won’t go wrong with Jesus Listens: 365 Prayers for Kids by Sarah Young!
I would like to thank NetGalley and the Publisher for the opportunity to read Jesus Listens: 365 Prayers for Kids. All thoughts and opinions are my own. My review is also on Goodreads and my blog, Leslie's Library Escape.
What a great source for parents and churches alike to share prayer with young ones! The examples of prayer are simple, easy to follow, and a beautiful example of how to speak to the Lord on a daily basis. (Side note - I would recommend telling children that they are simply a guide, and encourage them not to pray verbatim)
Having one for every day of the year encourages them to spend that time with the Lord daily, something that is hard to do even for us adults! And honestly, although it seems kiddish in nature, I think new Christian’s would find this book helpful as well. I can remember when I first started praying I had no clue what to say. This could have helped me back then.
All in all I think this is a great tool for the young people in your life! I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Jesus Listens: 365 Prayers for Kids
by Sarah Young
Pub Date 25 Oct 2022
Thomas Nelson: CHILDREN'S, Thomas Nelson
Children's Nonfiction | Christian
I am reviewing a copy of Jesus Listens:365 Prayers for Kids through Thomas Nelson and Netgalley:
If you're looking for a good gift to help
your child's or grandfather's Faith grow then I'd recommend Jesus Listens by Sarah Young, in this book the author of Jesus Calling helps children talk to God every day. Kids will learn how to pray honest prayers and know that Jesus is always listening to them.
This book will equip parents who want to teach their kids how to pray and talk to God, reassure their children that God is always with them help their kids to read Bible verses every day. Children will learn the daily practice of reading God's Word and talking to Him. They will know that they can talk to Jesus about anything and come to Him when they are afraid, anxious, or worried learn how to thank and praise God and take Him their requests develop the habit of prayer.
I give Jesus Listens five out of five stars!
Jesus Listens: 365 Prayers for Kids is a cute way to teach and encourage kids to pray and read their Bibles. My 9 year old has been wanting to pray more on his own, but was not sure how to do so. This helped him to really break that barrier he had put up and freely pray and talk to God.
We really liked the way this book was organized. The daily prayers are organized by months, with a page marking each new month. This made it easy for my son to find where he left off if his book mark fell out of the book. Each of the devotionals starts with a verse (which my son would read over and over so he could commit it to heart), then there would be a prayer that is written to Jesus that was easy for kids to read and understand. My son says that he feels so close to God while going through his devotion.
Sarah Young is known for her books Jesus Calling - and I loved that this was geared toward kids. It’s well written and backed by Bible Verses. The reading level is geared toward kids ages 8-12. My sons are 9 and 11 and enjoyed this book very much.
Thank you to the author, publisher and JustRead Publicity Tours for allowing me to read a copy of this book - all thoughts are my own.
I have read the Jesus Calling books both for adults and kids so when I saw this one I knew I wanted to get my hands on it. We will definitely be using this one starting in January in our homeschool morning time. I like that it has a core Bible Verse and then the prayer plus Bible readings that the kids can be assigned to read on their own. At least that is the way I am using it but for any kiddo this is a great tool to grow closer in their faith, dig deeper into the Word and also realize that praying is just having a conversation with God.
This would definitely make a great Christmas present this year or just a great addition to your household.
I received a copy of this book through Just Read. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.
This devotional is a great book to encourage children into prayer, to spend time with Jesus, build a relationship with Him and learn how to keep Him front and centre in their lives.
It is a resource for a parent or carer to use every day, to pray with a younger child, perhaps discuss the content a little. Or for an older child could go through it on their own, which would be a great discipline to forge.
Children will learn a lot from the prayers about the nature of Jesus and why He can be an important part of their life. Most of all how much they are special and loved.
There is one for every day of the year, with a Bible verse to introduce it, a prayer to read through and some suggested additional Bible reading to follow up.
It is a gentle devotional that will help to build lifelong habits of prayer and Bible reading, packed full of truths and encouragements that will provide daily sustenance.
This is essentially a prayer book and corresponding verses to a particular need. I'm a huge fan of devotionals, and this one is a good starter for children. I wish it was a little more personalized.
Jesus Listens: 365 Prayers for Kids by Sarah Young from Tommy Nelson is a prayer and devotional book written for children.
Each entry has a main verse, a prayer, and suggested verses for additional reading. The prayer reads more like a letter to Jesus. I love the conversational tone of the prayers. The author keeps the vocabulary simple so it sounds like what a child would say. And thus understand.
I think this would be perfect for grade schoolers. Younger ones who cannot read on their own yet would benefit from having an entry read with them. This book invites a time of both individual and family prayer.
The hardcover size is wonderful for small hands and comes with a ribbon for easily finding one's place. Each entry is given a day of the year (including Leap Day).
If you're looking for a gift or a guided prayer time with the children in your life, check out Jesus Listens.
*I received a complimentary copy. No positive review required. Opinions my own.
Instilling the habit of a daily prayer and devotional time in your child is something they can carry through with them into adulthood. In Jesus Listens: 365 Prayers for Kids, Sarah Young not only offers 365 prayers for your child ranging from asking God to help them do the right thing, turning to Him when they are scared, and thanking Him for the good things in their lives.
In addition to the prayers, intended for children between the ages of eight and twelve, Young begins each day with a Bible verse and ends with more scripture for children to read on their own, encouraging them to look for more answers in God’s Word. This little book opens the door for deeper conversations parents can have with their kids about what’s going on in their lives and what God’s has promised in those areas of difficulty (and joy).
There are two things I wish this book had included, though. The first is something from the author in the introduction stating these are examples of how to pray and that there isn’t one right way. That God wants to hear from them whether the prayers are eloquent or a single sentence. That it doesn’t matter how we pray, but that we pray and it's okay to make the prayers your own. The other is an index of prayer topics that the reader could refer to if, for example, they are waiting for an answer to prayer on a day other than June 27 or if they feel like giving up in September instead of on April 21.
Jesus Listens is a great place to get your kids started with prayer if you come alongside them and expound on what they are reading and learning by sharing your own prayer life with them.
Disclosure statement: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book and was not required to write a positive or negative review. All opinions are my own.
While I struggled initially with the format on my kindle (nothing to do with the book since it's an ARC, but slowed me down at first) - I loved this book. I will buy a copy for our home, as I know it's one that I'd love to read to my kids in the mornings or evenings. Young does such a great job of reminding us that conversation with God need not be complicated.
These devotionals have been some of my favorite. I like the layout of this one. Each day there is a verse, a passage relating to the verse and additional verses relating to the message.
Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to review this book.
I wasn't fond of this prayer book. It is very similar to a devotional without the self reflection. I wish there was more ways to personalize the prayers.
This book is written similar to the Jesus Calling books except it's meant for kids to read and pray as they talk to Jesus instead of the other, Jesus talking to kids. The book is written as a devotional and January 1 starts with Jeremiah 29:11. Children can start the year off by claiming God's promise to Israel before entering Babylonian captivity for themselves.
The book continues to take verses out of context to make points for prayers.
There are much better options for children to read and pray through.
*I received a dARC from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.