A Prayer for Our Country
Words to Unite and Inspire Hope
by Barry Black
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Pub Date 07 Jun 2022 | Archive Date 14 Jun 2022
In A Prayer for Our Country, US Senate Chaplain Barry Black leads children in thanking God for America, while also exploring the ways we can model God’s love to support our country’s citizens, heal hurts that divide us, and look to a stronger, united future.
Senate Chaplain Barry Black believes words matter and that healing and unity are possible in America if we see the image of God in others. In this prayer for children based on wisdom from his almost two decades of daily praying over the US Senate, Black offers needed and inspiring text to help the next generation grow stronger in faith and forward America’s dream.
A Prayer for Our Country:
- Uses kid-friendly language to show children how prayer can be part of our everyday lives
- Explores ways children can live out their faith
- Presents a positive message about kindness and respect
- Helps readers ages 4-8 see how they can help support and shape our nation
- Contains stunning illustrations that represent the diversity of our great nation by illustrator Kim Holt
In addition, A Prayer for Our Country is perfect for:
- Helping kids better understand and respond to the events happening in America today
- Teaching children how to pray
- Reading aloud format for classrooms, storytime, and families
This book delivers a timely, positive, and patriotic message of unity and hope
Beautiful illustrations from Kim Holt represent the diversity of America
Chaplain Black was elected the 62nd Chaplain of the United States Senate on June 27, 2003, after serving in the U.S. Navy for over 27 years
Chaplain Black was chosen as one of the recipients of the 1995 NAACP Renowned Service Award for his contribution to equal opportunity and civil rights
In 2004, the Old Dominion University chapter of the NAACP conferred on him the Image Award, "Reaffirming the Dream—Realizing the Vision" for military excellence
Author lives in Washington D.C.
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Average rating from 4 members
I love this children’s spiritual picture book! I’ve been reading children’s books for my entire life, reviewing them for 10 months. During this time, I’ve only found a few Christian-based books, one of which is multi-cultural. My heart became filled with joy as page one loaded onto my screen. When I witnessed the love and light in the eyes of the characters, I knew I was home.
The illustrations are the best that I’ve seen in a children’s book. The colors so bright and vibrant. The pictures were so life-like, it was like looking at a picture of friends and family. The personalities jump off the page.
I love how the prose is in the form of a prayer to God while the characters are going about their daily life. Isn’t that how it’s supposed to be, us talking to God throughout our day?
My favorite portion of the book is the page detailing I Corinthian 13; Faith, Hope, and Love. I also appreciate picture of the American flag. The title, “Prayer for Our Country,” is perfect given the struggles currently being faced by our country and the world as a whole.
I am grateful for this book as I feel that it will touch many hearts and heal many souls. I can imagine it being read to young children before prayers and bedtime. It would also be a welcome addition to any church-based gathering. I look forward to other books by this team of educators.
I want to thank Author Senate Chaplain Barry Black, Illustrator Kim Holt, Zondervan Publishing, and NetGalley for the opportunity to review this Advanced Reader’s Copy. This is a voluntary review, and all comments and opinions are entirely my own.
From the bright illustrations to the eloquent prayer, A Prayer for Our Country is stunning! The wording of the prayer is thoughtful, sound and not overwhelming for children. Each page is bright, colorful and full of life. This would be a great book to add to your child's bookshelf or to give as a gift!