Oftentimes children’s books tend to ignore the world of adult influence. This is especially true of children’s books of prayer and / or poetry, which focus on God blessing cats and dogs and thanking Him for strawberries and butterflies.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that. It’s just what always happens, which makes this book of prayers stand out. Although compiled for children, this book contained a great variety of prayers from all countries, centuries, and classes. The range of material is admirable. For example, Gaelic prayers are included on one page –
May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face.
May the rains fall softly upon your fields
until we meet again.
May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.
– and on the next page over is this inscription from the walls in a Jew’s hideout during WWII.
I believe in the sun even when it does not shine
I believe in love even when I do not feel it
I believe in God even when He is silent.
The 23rd Psalm is included as well as the Breastplate of St. Patrick and pieces from St. Francis of Assissi, St. Augustine, and St. Columba of Iona.
Conclusion. The illustration style isn’t my favorite, but the prayers themselves make up for it.
Review © 2015 Laura Verret