Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author: Stephen Elkins
Illustrator: Ruth Zeglin
Publisher: Tyndale Kids
“Best of all, as a parent or caregiver, you are encouraged to help grow this habit of prayer by showing your love and affection in the form of a hug after each bedtime prayer! In this way, your child will learn the importance of regular evening prayer and also be encouraged by your embrace,” Stephen Elkins writes in his children’s book, Bedtime Prayers That End With a Hug.
Part of the “Share-a-Hug!” series, this square padded hardbound book is one hundred and sixty-eight pages and targeted toward children ages three to five years old. Meant as a book to be read at bedtime by an adult to a young one, it promotes praying to God and showing love by hugging. Using mainly the New Living Translation of the Bible, other versions referenced are NIV, NKJV, ESV, NLV, NIrV, and NCV. Illustrator Zeglin’s designs are cute, colorful, and easy to understand.
Divided into fifty-two topics each covering three pages, the chapters have a short Bible verse inside a heart at the top of the title page with a full color drawing and sometimes a short saying. There is a “snuggle time” paragraph about a current event or subject, followed by a Bible thought, a prayer, and nighty-night space. There are “hug time” instructions to give a hug, to whom, and why.
Some topics included are prayers of God’s love and grace while others discuss being happy or joyful, having a good attitude, being kind, and sharing. More teachable subjects are about patience, being scared or afraid, obeying parents, changing bad habits, or apologizing.
One example is a prayer called “Rule Over Rover” about pets which lists a Bible verse from Genesis and says to be kind to little fury friends. The “snuggle time” mentions a short story about a puppy named Rover. The thought from the Bible says God created all animals so we should take good care of them and the prayer is asking God to help us love His creation. The hug is to give the one who “rules over” their pet with love a great big hug.
With the main goal promoting a daily prayer life in a young child, the adult reader may see God in a new light by quick remembrances to love and install hugging. However, children may or may not understand some of the topics based on their maturity and comprehension level.
This book was furnished by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. in lieu of a review based on the reader’s honest opinion.