Thursday, August 27, 2015

Peter's Perfect Place by Stephen Kendrick and Alex Kendrick

Peter's Perfect Prayer Place by Stephen Kendrick and Alex Kendrick is part of a family of books that has come out in conjunction with the movie War Room.  Family is a great way to describe this grouping of books because each seems to be aimed at a different age or gender.  This one is aimed at pre-school through early elementary aged children.

The basic premise is that Peter knows his mom always goes to the same place to pray and he wants to find his own place.  In the end, his parents tell him that he can talk to God anywhere and He is listening.  Included in this book is a lesson for talking to kids about prayer, a prayer chart, and stickers for the chart, ones for each time you say a prayer and stickers for when God answers our prayers.

I like the depth and age appropriateness of the topic and the way it's presented.  The illustrations are cute and the supplemental materials are well thought out and relevant.

My only issue is with the writing of the text.  The authors choose to have it rhyme, but the rhymes are often clunky and hard to read.  Unless people are particularly gifted in writing in this way, it should not be assumed that all children's books be written in verse.  This would have been much more enjoyable to read if it was written in simple prose.

All in all, if you are looking for a quick children's storybook on prayer, this should fit your needs.  While the writing is less than artistic, the message and contents are still good.  This may even be a good resource for prayer time in a pre-school class at church.

I was provided this book free of charge from the publisher in return for my honest opinion.

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