Prayers for Faithful Families: Everyday Prayers for Everyday Life by Traci Smith
Prayers for Faithful Families equips busy parents with simple prayers, written in ordinary language, for a wide variety of occasions. From everyday moments like mealtime and bedtime to milestones such as the first day of school, the death of a pet, or welcoming a new baby, this unique prayer book is an invaluable resource for creating meaningful faith connections at home throughout the highs and lows of family life. Straightforward and flexible, Prayers for Faithful Families helps parents turn ordinary and extraordinary moments into opportunities to teach children that God is with them through all of life's joys and challenges. Tips for praying in creative ways and for creating sacred space at home are included.
Hardcover: 140 pages
Dimensions: 4.0 x 6.0 x 0.25 inches
Shipping Weight: 8.0 ounces
ABOUT THE AUTHOR & ILLUSTRATOR
Traci Smith is an ordained minister, mother of three, and author. Traci's passion is helping families find times for connection and spiritual nourishment amid the hustle and bustle of daily life. What began as a quest to help her own family has provided valuable insight for thousands of others. Traci believes faith practices should be fun, easy to fit into daily life, and accessible to all. Visit her at traci-smith.com.
"Every prayer in this book is beautiful, simple, true, and easy to memorize. I rejoice to think of a generation of children growing up with these prayers in their hearts and minds and souls--and I'm equally happy for the parents over and over again being reminded of the goodness and love of God as well."
— Sarah Bessey, author of Miracles and Other Reasonable Things and Jesus Feminist
"Prayers for Faithful Families is a delightful and easy-to-use resource for families looking for accessible ways to weave the most basic faith practice of all into the nooks and crannies of their already too-full days."
— Jerusalem Jackson Greer, author of At Home in This Life
"Traci Smith's Prayers for Faithful Families is precisely the book I've longed to keep on my daughters' nightstands. Simple yet nuanced, powerful yet never emotionally manipulative, these prayers are poised to empower families to deepen their relationships with God and with one another. What a gift!"
— Katherine Willis Pershey, author of Very Married
"More than just a compilation of prayers, this book invites us to cultivate a family culture defined by love, forgiveness, and generosity. Smith doesn't preach, but welcomes--ever focusing our attention on a loving God. She provides a model of praying truthfully with children about painful issues like divorce, failure, and traumatic news events, but also provides prayers that help us articulate our joy around special moments, such as the birth or adoption of a child. She even introduces nontraditional ways to pray and meditate with young children. Love this book!"
— Jennifer Grant, author of Maybe God Is Like That Too and Maybe I Can Love My Neighbor Too
"Traci Smith's Prayers for Faithful Families is filled with simple yet powerful prayers that will enable parents to weave prayer into the fabric of everyday life. Grace-filled and gently penned, this lovely book would make a meaningful gift for baby showers, baptisms, or birthdays."
— Glenys Nellist, author of the Love Letters from God and Snuggle Time series
"In this gorgeous book, Traci gives children and adults language that is simple, yet not dumbed down; that is theologically age-appropriate, yet profound and expansive; and that is broad and inclusive, yet totally personal."
— Caryn Rivadeniera, author of Grit and Grace: Heroic Women of the Bible and Gritty and Graceful: 15 Inspiring Women of the Bible
"If you want a simple yet profound book of prayer suggestions for all kinds of family occasions--happy times and hard time--and it matters that the prayers address the Divine as simply God or Spirit and emphasize God's love, peace, and presence, this book will become for you a much-used, beloved resource."
— Daneen Akers, author of Holy Troublemakers & Unconventional Saints