I won a copy of “The Prayer Experiment Notebook”, and after asking my followers if they would like a review of it, the overwhelming answer was YES!!! So here is my honest opinion as to what the book is like.
My first impression of the book from the cover was that it looked fun and engaging for kids. Even the title is quite engaging, with the idea that prayer can be experimental. The designers have done a great job on this and it certainly made me want to read more.
Who’s It by then?
Inside the front cover is a section that probably only parents will read – the “about the authors” section! But I wanted to read it to see what experience and background the authors were coming from as they wrote this book. It was fascinating to read part of the story of it coming together, and the co-authors have a wealth of knowledge that they have put together, both in their full time jobs and in their blogging and writing. All in all, I felt in very safe hands reading the rest of the book and knew it would come from a great place of wanting to help children connect with God more.
what’s good about it?
After the “about the author” section there is also a little section explaining how the book works. Following on from that are 14 prayer experiments to try out, as well a 6 group prayer experiments. What’s good about it is:
- the variety of prayer experiments that are included. There are some that will appeal to boys, girls, different types of learners and different age groups too. With such a variety you are sure to find something that your child will connect with that you can carry forward into their normal devotional time.
- the book provides space for your kids to make their own notes about that experiment. I really like the way that this book lets the kids take ownership of their own relationship with God. Far too often we as parents buy resources and we use them, but never let the kids touch them or be involved in the planning. This has the kids involved from the beginning, and lets them decide how to do it and have space to write about how it went.
- children have been used in the creation of it. At the end of every prayer experiment are some reviews from other kids who have tried it out. I think this is really great, as it shows the authors have really done their research, and the reviews are all very mixed, which gives your own kids permission to love or hate different experiments.
what’s not so good
As a mother of a five year old and a two year old, my children aren’t quite at the age where they can own their relationship with God completely. This book is ideally aimed at 8-11 year olds, those who can write independently and want a bit more freedom to do their own thing. I will definitely be stashing this away for when mine are a bit bigger.
I honestly can’t think of anything else bad to say about this book! The design of the pages inside is engaging and interesting. There are drawing and pictures of how to do the experiments so they are easy to follow. Everything about it is brilliant!