This iconic prayer is paired with flowing illustrations by award-winning artist Richard Jesse Watson and thoughtful insights by bestselling author Rick Warren, resulting in a book that rejuvenates the familiar prayer for a younger audience. Using poetic scripture from the King James Version, The Lord’s Prayer: Words of Hope and Happiness helps familiarize children with real biblical text while also presenting contemporary illustrations and insightful words that make this beautiful prayer come alive.
Rick Warren is an American evangelical Christian pastor and author. He is the founder and senior pastor of Saddleback Church, an evangelical megachurch in Lake Forest, California, that is the eighth-largest church in the United States (including multi-site churches). He is also a bestselling author of many Christian books, including his guide to church ministry and evangelism, The Purpose Driven Church, which has spawned a series of conferences on Christian ministry and evangelism. He is perhaps best known for the subsequent book The Purpose Driven Life which has sold more than 30 million copies, making Warren a New York Times bestselling author.
Richard Jesse Watson is the acclaimed illustrator of numerous award-winning picture books for children, including Tom Thumb, winner of the SCBWI Golden Kite Award. Other awards include Waldenbooks Illustration Award, Best Book Design from the American Institute of Graphic Arts and Best Children’s Book from the Printing Industries of America. He was named an Ezra Jack Keats Fellow by the Kerlan Collection of the University of Minnesota.
Richard studied art at Pasadena City College and Art Center College of Design. He has continued his artistic studies drawing from life, and at art museums and cathedrals. He worked as a graphic designer for World Vision International, an illustrator for Hallmark Cards, later becoming a freelance artist.
Richard’s paintings are in galleries and on permanent display in corporate offices, conference centers, libraries, children’s hospitals, and private collections. His work has also appeared in Society of Illustrators National and Western Exhibitions and Communication Arts Illustration Annuals. Commissioned works include paintings for the Los Angeles Zoo, Bell Atlantic, Norwest Banks, and Children’s Television Workshop. “Ever since I was the size of a fire hydrant I drew pictures that I could play in,” says Richard. “Pictures in which to wander far and wide, to go anywhere and do anything. I could run barefoot through a forest fire, lasso giant sloths and saber-toothed tigers, and then get ever so sssthtuck in the Tar Pits, only to be rescued by German shepherds. Pictures were my own rocket ship to planets of unlimited imagination.”
Richard Jesse Watson lives in Washington State with his wife and children. His latest title, The Boy Who Went Ape, is illustrated by his son, Benjamin James Watson.
Rick Warren’s The Lord’s Prayer is an extended version of the beloved prayer taught by Jesus. Through verse and illustrations a child’s understanding of the prayer is expanded and personalized. I liked that each verse of the prayer was accompanied by words that explained and encouraged. Each page of this book is a prayer unto itself, with gratitude for all God does as the focus. The illustrations are beautiful and detailed, although I really didn’t like the author’s choice for Heaven. While it is a representation from the illustrator’s perspective, I felt it went further than the scriptural record. I also didn’t like that the figure that I presume represents God looks a bit like Santa Claus. This book does make a child (and his/her parent) think about who God is and their place in His world.
Audience: children ages 5-8.
Thanks to Zonderkidz for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.