Friday, August 24, 2018

Psalms for All Ages #3

So how do you use this board book with adults? I’ll tell you in my comments below.
Picture Book: You Are With Me:                                                                           Prayers for Every Part of the Day
Illustrator: Birgit Antoni 
Summary: In this little board book, milestones of a typical day are given spiritual significance as they are attached to verses from the Psalms. Here is a sampling: As we wake, we view God as a guide throughout the progress of our day, for God is our light and salvation.
A plea for safety for when we leave home comes from a verse about God being our refuge.
Lunch provides an opportunity for giving thanks for all of the Lord's good things.  
Singing, making music, and being creative in other ways, reminds us that we are grounded when we praise God our whole life long.
We hurt on the inside or outside, God heals the brokenhearted and wounded.   
As the day ends with bedtime rituals, a psalm of peace and gratitude helps us settle into the kind of safety in sleep that only God can give.
Hanna’s Comments: This little treasure of a book emphasizes that God is with us throughout our daily routines no matter the setting, circumstances, or our emotions. To use this book with an older audience, including teens and adults, simply access the text. The collection of Psalm verses are applicable to situations throughout the human condition. Encourage your audience to consider at what time in the day they are most in need of these verses. OR Have them share when these verses have been particularly meaningful to them. OR Offer a prayer practice (such as a breath prayer), to pair with each verse. If the masculine pronouns for God bother you, simply change the text for more inclusive language. If you’re reading the book aloud, use sticky notes to help you do this.
Original Publisher & Date: Sparkhouse, 2017
Age & Grade Appropriateness: 2 and up, Toddler and up
Formats other than Book: None at present
Scripture Connections: Nine familiar Psalm verses are in the pages of this book.

Idea(s) for Application: Read this book to a group of children of God (any age) and talk about how these verses from The Psalms can help us be more resilient, ground us in our faith, and grow spiritually.