The Prayer Paperback – 14 Oct 2013
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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...
-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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this book. It is enchanting, and beautiful. I enjoy reading stephans books to my son. What a fabulous children's author he is. These books are written with pure passion.Published 15 days ago by laurettasmith
Beautiful illustrations, heart-achingly touching words.
You cannot fail to be moved to tears by the plight of this poor soul.
Unusually, I'm at a loss for words. Read more
Downloaded as a kindle giveaway, but on balance I would have been quite happy to pay for it. Powerful, emotive and very atmospheric. Read morePublished 14 months ago by rose
We have all of the Loss and Ted books from Stephan but The Prayer has been on the back burner for a while. Read morePublished 14 months ago by James Deason
An assured and wise story The Prayer feels like a classic as Stephan J Myers conveys his world beyond our windows. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Phillip Pennington
A true delight to read,The words were extremely well chosen,thought provoking and incitful of past Christmas's, a joy to read.Published 19 months ago by Peter10000
I felt very moved by this book, and it reminds us of a world were many are shut out in the cold when others have plenty. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Mary nurse
This book is a lovely story nice and short but full of charm and the pictures are divine everyone of all ages would love thisPublished 20 months ago by gingerjulie