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USA TODAY, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, AND WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLER

From the author of the best-selling When God Made You comes a new illuminating message about God''s design affirming young readers.


With lyricism, whimsy, and heartfelt emotion, Matthew Paul Turner reveals the tender emotions connected with watching a beloved child grow up and experience the world. Paired with Kimberley Barnes''s vivid and playful illustrations, When I Pray for You is a beautifully affirming book, in which children and parents will see their own stories come to life.

When I Pray for You celebrates the dreams, hopes, and longings parents pray over their children, and shares with the little ones how much care and concern a loved one feels for them.

This is a book you will read to your child again and again. Perfect for any occasion, as well as for milestones including baby showers, birthdays, and graduations.

From the moment I saw you,
I started to pray.
Big prayers and small ones
I have sent God''s way.

I prayed you felt safe,
full of joy and content.
When I whispered "I love you,"
you knew what I meant.

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A mother with wide, emerald eyes cradles her blanketed infant: “from the moment I saw you,/ I started to pray./ Big prayers and small ones/ I have sent God’s way.” As the child grows from a baby to a girl, the mother is encouraging yet watchful: “I pray you grow strong, have passion and fight./ And stand up for what’s good with all of your might.” Barnes’s ebullient artwork shows the child at a pool party, reading to her peers in a book nook, and playing in a band. A final spread shows that the child has not yet grown up; instead, the mother holds her baby on a hilltop under a gentle sky, projecting a life to come. New moms will welcome the wistful tone and scenes of a child’s joyful discoveries. Ages 3–7. (Feb.)
-Publishers Weekly

In this cheerful, reflective rhyming children’s picture book, author Matthew Paul Turner shares a parent’s prayer for a child to grow up in the love and light of God: “I pray you love well.\ That the light in you swells.\ That the story God writes is the one that you tell.” The parent prays for the child’s joys, achievements, fears, and dreams, reminding the child, “When I pray for you, I imagine God’s view\ And pray all that God sees comes alive inside you.” Turner’s hopeful, encouraging poetry is complemented by illustrator Kimberley Barnes’s pictures of vivacious, ethnically diverse characters and bright, buoyant settings of home, playground, nature, and more.  When I Pray for You would make an excellent gift to parents of newborns and to children at the time of their baptism. (WaterBrook, 2019)
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About the Author

Matthew Paul Turner is a photographer, speaker, and author of numerous books, including the bestselling  When God Made You and  When I Pray for You.

UK-based illustrator, Kimberly Barnes, has worked with top clients such as Little Tiger, Top That Publishing, Igloo, and Macmillan Education. Her love of drawing began at a young age and fostered into a career in illustration, specializing in children''s illustration. She enjoys the regular cup of tea and isn''t partial to the odd biscuit or two.

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

From the moment I saw you, I started to pray. 

Big prayers and small ones I have sent God''s way.

I prayed as I held you when you sat in my lap. 

I prayed while we rocked, as you peacefully napped.

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Beware before you buy!!
Reviewed in the United States on January 30, 2020
I wanted to love this book, but was completely turned off that this book included children being scared by ghost stories. I didn’t expect this in a Christian book. My children were scared and it was a deal breaker for me because we don’t watch or read anything with ghost.... See more
I wanted to love this book, but was completely turned off that this book included children being scared by ghost stories. I didn’t expect this in a Christian book. My children were scared and it was a deal breaker for me because we don’t watch or read anything with ghost. Just wanted to warn parents to keep this mind if you are considering this book.
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The perfect gift for lots of occasions!
Reviewed in the United States on February 22, 2019
This book is a must-own! It is the number one gift to give at baby showers. This book speaks to the expectant mother, the new parent, the in-the-throws-of-it parent, the experienced and seasoned parent, the grandparent, and to every child at every age and stage of... See more
This book is a must-own! It is the number one gift to give at baby showers. This book speaks to the expectant mother, the new parent, the in-the-throws-of-it parent, the experienced and seasoned parent, the grandparent, and to every child at every age and stage of development - it would even be a meaningful book for a graduate! This book is beyond beautiful. It will bring tears, beauty, and inspiration. It is Matthew Paul Turner''s best children''s book so far. The illustrations are perfect. The words are even better -- echoing the hearts and minds of every parent that has ever lived. You will not only buy one copy of this book, you will buy many to share it with the people that you love!
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byquietwaters
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Diverse, Creative and Personal
Reviewed in the United States on February 22, 2019
Truly this book and the other two children’s books by Matthew Paul Turner are treasures that I am so excited to share with my grandkids. The life affirming words in each book have become prayers and praises as I converse with the children and their Maker. In "When I Pray... See more
Truly this book and the other two children’s books by Matthew Paul Turner are treasures that I am so excited to share with my grandkids. The life affirming words in each book have become prayers and praises as I converse with the children and their Maker. In "When I Pray for You", the author has captured the thoughts, hopes, cheers and fears of every parents and written them into this book, using descriptive, yet crisp language. The author and illustrator were intentional to be inclusive in the illustrations of the children. The pages are filled with diversity, creativity and personality, as you turn the pages, your child will likely see someone who looks like him or her. Finally we have books that feature the beauty and diversity of all the children in our communities.
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"I Pray You Grow Strong, Have Passion and Fight"
Reviewed in the United States on February 19, 2019
Matthew Paul Turner has captured childhood beautifully with his words; the prayers, wishes, hopes and dreams of parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends for the children in their lives. I''m head over heels for his portrayal of kids just being kids through light... See more
Matthew Paul Turner has captured childhood beautifully with his words; the prayers, wishes, hopes and dreams of parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends for the children in their lives. I''m head over heels for his portrayal of kids just being kids through light saber duels, garage bands, and little girls twirling just to name a few. The illustrations provided by Kimberley Barnes are stunning! So much detail and color. Children will enjoy studying every page. They will find cardboard box forts, feathers exploding from a pillow, a hat made from a pot and many more examples of childhood imagination and angst. I''ve found myself shedding a tear each time I''ve read through the pages of "When I Pray for You". My children are grown, but you know what? I still pray these prayers for them. I still pray "you choose hope should you ever face fear. And seek wisdom with patience when the pathway''s unclear."
My granddaughters literally argue over who gets to be the little girl on the cover when I read the book to them. This book is sure to be a family favorite for years to come.
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Alan Bonifay
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Delightful, relevant, joyful, and reverent!
Reviewed in the United States on February 21, 2019
A wonderful book! Reading it, you sense the overflowing love of a mother for her child, and the illustrations are a delight. I was charmed by the 2-page spread where the reader has to turn the book sideways. Perfect for a grandparent to read to grandkids, too! I will be... See more
A wonderful book! Reading it, you sense the overflowing love of a mother for her child, and the illustrations are a delight. I was charmed by the 2-page spread where the reader has to turn the book sideways. Perfect for a grandparent to read to grandkids, too! I will be buying several copies for families I love.
I really appreciate that the first line says, “From the moment I saw you,” not “from the day you were born” making the book easily relatable for all children and mothers, regardless of how they came to be a family.
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Vicki L H.
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Draws you in; Touches your heart
Reviewed in the United States on February 22, 2019
This book draws you in with its captivating, inclusive artwork. Then the lyrical verses touch your heart. I dare you to read this without getting teary-eyed! I love this book SO MUCH, as do my 3 daughters. This will be my go-to book for baby showers, mentees... See more
This book draws you in with its captivating, inclusive artwork. Then the lyrical verses touch your heart.
I dare you to read this without getting teary-eyed!
I love this book SO MUCH, as do my 3 daughters.
This will be my go-to book for baby showers, mentees and friends. Also perfect instead of a Valentine card or Easter card for older kids!
We all pray for our kids; this book expresses heartfelt prayer for our kids in the sweetest way!
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Amy Holmes
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A Book that Touches the Heart
Reviewed in the United States on February 19, 2019
Every line in this book is filled with words that I hope and pray for my own children but have never been able to put together so articulately. It hits a truly deep and special part of my heart. One that longs for each of my children to know that they are loved, capable,... See more
Every line in this book is filled with words that I hope and pray for my own children but have never been able to put together so articulately. It hits a truly deep and special part of my heart. One that longs for each of my children to know that they are loved, capable, supported and full of so much worth.

From the very first word my tears started to flow and they stayed and they worsened as the pages kept going. Looking over at my children as I choked through each phrase I saw two in tears because their Momma was so moved and one little one who kept asking, "Do you need a kiss?" What a sweet moment in time when they took on the role of comforting ME!

Needless to say, this will be a very special book that will be brought out many times for years to come. I''m quite sure I''ll cry every time I read it because time is a cruel, cruel thing and I see it flying by so quickly. Each time we read it together it will hold a new meaning to that moment we will be currently navigating.

Beautiful job, Matthew Paul Turner. Thank you for following the Lord''s leading and allowing Him to pen this beautiful story through you. It speaks volumes to many parents and on behalf of all of us, thank you for putting into words what we just couldn''t do.
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Beautiful
Reviewed in the United States on February 26, 2019
I read this to my 3 kids (ages 15, 2, 9) and husband after dinner while still at the table last night. Everyone loved it! It is beautiful. This would make a wonderful gift! I plan to buy it for my nephews.
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Maggie
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Simply beautiful
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 13, 2020
I bought this for my granddaughters christening as a gift and it is absolutely gorgeous. The words and sentiments are just perfect. I can’t wait till she older and can understand what I’m reading to her.
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Neme
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Delightful tale with colourful drawings that brings prayer to life
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 26, 2019
I have bought this product for my daughter to talk about the power of prayer and how it applies to all that we do. Love the variety of emotions and rhythms that come through the tale as the mother talks about the importance of prayer for her child’s key moments
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DM
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Heads up, story is about the white girl.
Reviewed in Canada on August 1, 2020
Great book with lovely illustrations. If you are a parent of kids of colour, be aware that the story centres around the white girl in the picture. There is diverse representation of different ethnicities, but only in the friends etc of the main character. The story doesn’t...See more
Great book with lovely illustrations. If you are a parent of kids of colour, be aware that the story centres around the white girl in the picture. There is diverse representation of different ethnicities, but only in the friends etc of the main character. The story doesn’t focus on them at all. Not a complaint, still a good book, but just something to be aware for those who are actively looking for BIPOC characters.
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Ecolion
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It just feels like it runs on a little longer than I''d like
Reviewed in Canada on December 11, 2019
This was advertised as a promotion on instagram with a free other book included. The promotion was still advertising After the promotion had expired. So I didn''t get the second book. I really don''t like to criticize peoples creative work as it takes a lot to put something...See more
This was advertised as a promotion on instagram with a free other book included. The promotion was still advertising After the promotion had expired. So I didn''t get the second book. I really don''t like to criticize peoples creative work as it takes a lot to put something out there. It just wasn''t for our family. We found difficult to read as The flow felt grammarically off and the book seem to run on more than I expected. I''m hoping my daughter will be more interested as she gets older but at this point it does not hold her attention at this time. I''m not giving up on it but it''s going to be on our shelf until she gets older. The illustrations are well done and beautiful
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Very cute
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