Inspirational author Omartian (the Power of Praying series) encourages children to turn to Jesus in prayer when they are afraid.
This book emphasizes to young children that fear is a common and natural feeling. It explains that there can be “good” fear, such as wariness of a dangerous animal. This fear helps to keep children safe. The author then goes on to depict a wide variety of other fears, fears that are “bad” and make children upset and fretful. Among this category are fears of the dark, of thunder, of bullies, of getting lost, etc. What to do about these “bad” fears? The author instructs child readers to pray to God when they are afraid. She makes it clear that God always listens to children’s prayers and wants to help. The bright but simplistically cartoony illustrations show diverse children in various situations that make them fearful and then depict the children praying about their fear. There is no larger discussion of fears and emotions—just an exhortation to pray to Jesus daily. Prayer may be an appropriate and efficacious response to fear of thunder or scary images on TV, but its utility with bullies is dubious, particularly as framed: “Lord, I am afraid of this person. Keep me away from him until You teach him how to have a kind and gentle heart.”
A bright, cheery book about the power of prayer that’s limited in both scope and audience. (Picture book. 4-8)