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The Prayer Paperback – 14 Oct 2013

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  • Paperback: 34 pages
  • Publisher: Hershey Reese & Myers; 1 edition (14 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0992727405
  • ISBN-13: 978-0992727406
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 767,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wow...this beautiful book has left me breathless and not quite ending the way I hoped it would...

What a powerful picture Stephan painted with his well chosen words and richly coloured artwork. Two polar opposite examples with consequences.

So glad I have this birds-eye view to ground me in gratitude of how lucky we are with our homes,family, safe places and things.

Definitely a book to start a conversation about compassion and connection with others and truly understand that although we all have different lifestyles and contexts...,we are all connected and human and being down on luck could happen to any of us at any time.

A wonderful read...
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Once I’d finished reading “The Prayer”, I had to take a few moments to sit and reflect. It was mesmerising and thought-provoking from beginning to end. The short tale follows a small, un-named boy (which makes the story all the more heart-breaking) through hardship during the last day of his life. It’s a lesson to be learned. At Christmas time, it’s easy to become materialistic and forget about the people who genuinely need the support of others. I could hardly read the end, as my eyes were filled with tears!
-Please take half an hour (or so) to sit down with your Kindle and read this wonderful tale. Stephan J Myers has a superb writing style. I'm grateful that I found this beautiful book purely by chance. I'll definitely be recommending it to others.
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By K. J. Noyes TOP 100 REVIEWER on 11 Dec. 2014
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Very sad, a poor boy longing for warmth and family at Christmas time, wry an ending similar to Hans Christian Andersen's short story.

Decided not to read it to my preschooler as it's just a little bit too sad for December. The poem is good though, and I do like the style of illustration.

Good for slightly older children, learning about others not so fortunate at Christmastime, ages 5-8.
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The Prayer is a haunting little work, beautifully illustrated by Stephan himself and by Kerry Fisher - instantly available to young children with its artfully repetitive language and predictable rhythms.
Simple cadences are deceptively difficult to pull off: there is so little room for manoeuvre, and the temptation to get away with a distortion of syntax or grammar in order to achieve the desired rhyme is ever present. I was relieved to find that Stephan almost always avoided this trap and delivered the powerful message of his story in effectively simple stanzas of rhyming couplets that flow easily off the reader’s tongue into the imagination of the child being read to.
For it struck me that this is an ideal poem to be read to small children as a bedtime story (it’s a narrative poem of just the right length). The repetitions in the phrasing will create pleasurable patterns in the mind of a child safely tucked up in a warm bed being read to by a loving parent, and it will deliver an important message to such a child at just the right (impressionably young) age.
I highly recommend this little book. I think it is one that a child will want to have as a bedtime story again and again.
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Amazing! A superb story written round Christmas that is both strong and loving together with tinges of sadness. Written as a poem with the most amazing and beautiful illustrations, would be an exciting and interesting addition to any child's library for having read to them and to read for themselves at a future date.Stream J. Myers has let his inner child out for this book and I'm happy that he has, he has been granted a wonderful gift to be a children's author and is doing a grand job.
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There are few books I have read that leave me so deep in thought, but The
Prayer is one of them. Reminiscent of much loved classics
like The Little Match Girl by HCA, with echoes of A
Christmas Carol, it’s a must read any day of the year but
especially over the winter months and Christmas. The words
are simply beautiful and the illustrations are something to
dwell on. I read it through several times and still had a
lump in my throat towards the end. An evocative and timely
story for all ages and one to be savoured between parents
and children who have any degree of empathy for the less
fortunate. I’m not sure how anyone could read it and not
be touched by the words.
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With deceptively simple poetic tale-telling and invitingly beautiful illustrations, the reader is swiftly drawn into this evocative, atmospheric moral story with hidden depths. Here, life's simple pleasures are seen as something many take for granted but others long to enjoy. Don't we all, at heart, seek "a place with a hearth" and home of our own? Safety and security are wrapped up in its comforting familiarity. Yet here, one lost boy is adrift on the margins of life and desperate for some small tokens of care and concern. The ghost who bids him come is a figure of mystery and allure who invites trust and acceptance. Who can we turn to when in dire straits, homeless and friendless? This boy "with a lamp all alone without love, looks to the heavens and stars above".
The safety of a home of our own shines like a beacon, much as our heavenly home with God does. When the ghost says "the light that I give you will show you the way" it suggests the Light of the world that is Christ. With His Holy Spirit oil in our hearts, our lamps burn strong and we are guided on life's journey. It may be a life of material bounty or not, but with God's Presence we are kept safe and encouraged until we reach our final destination.
The pale winter ghost's closing words echo our heavenly Father's heart beating still for the lost, lonely or wayward child within us. No-one is ignored, sidelined, left out or insignificant to Him. There is always hope when such arms of Love encircle and take care of us. A hope that carries us into eternity itself.
Stephan has written a masterpiece that can be read and enjoyed at many levels. This is my interpretation. Do read it for yourself, to your children and beyond. It deserves a wide audience as its truth is universally applicable and it has something pertinent to say to us all.
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