Matthew Paul Turner is a social and cultural commentator for today. The author of The Christian Culture Survival Guide and The Coffeehouse Gospel, he has also served as editor-in-chief for CCM, the nation's leading Christian entertainment magazine, and music and entertainment editor for Crosswalk.com, the world's largest Christian website. Matthew is also a frequent contributor to Relevant magazine. He and his wife, Jessica, live in Nashville, Tennessee.
ECPA bestseller 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)