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When I Pray for You

Written by: Matthew Paul Turner
Narrated by: Adenrele Ojo
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Publisher's Summary

USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Wall Street Journal best seller.

From the author of the best-selling When God Made You comes a new illuminating message about God's design affirming young listeners.

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. When I Pray for You is a beautifully affirming audiobook 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 an audiobook you will listen to with 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.

©2019 Matthew Paul Turner (P)2021 Listening Library

What the critics say

ECPA best seller

"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." (Publishers Weekly

"In this cheerful, reflective rhyming children’s picture book, author Matthew Paul Turner shares a parent’s prayer for a child to grow up in the love and light of God: 'I pray you love well.\ That the light in you swells.\ That the story God writes is the one that you tell.' The parent prays for the child’s joys, achievements, fears, and dreams, reminding the child, 'When I pray for you, I imagine God’s view\ And pray all that God sees comes alive inside you.' Turner’s hopeful, encouraging poetry is complemented by illustrator Kimberley Barnes’s pictures of vivacious, ethnically diverse characters and bright, buoyant settings of home, playground, nature, and more. When I Pray for You would make an excellent gift to parents of newborns and to children at the time of their baptism." (The Banner)

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