Monday, July 21, 2014

National Grandparents Day of Prayer, September 7, 2014

Posted earlier this month at

National Grandparents Day this year is September 7. If you haven’t heard of it, well, neither had I!

There’s nothing wrong with celebrating and honoring grandparents, of course, especially given the considerable number of grandparents raising grandchildren in the US–more than 2.5 million, according to the AARP. And there are millions of others, I’m certain, who contribute to the well-being of their grandchildren in countless other ways, big and small–giving of their time, energy, financial resources, and wisdom to create strong bonds with their grandkids, enhance their development, and create a lasting legacy.

But some grandparents prefer to make National Grandparents Day a day of prayer–the Grandparents Day of Prayer–praying not for themselves but for their families and especially their grandchildren. And they are inviting you to join them.

GrandparentingWithAPurposeLillian Penner, author of Grandparenting with a Purpose: Effective Ways to Pray for Your Grandchildren, serves as national prayer coordinator for the Christian Grandparenting Network. Lillian says,
Today our nation is being attacked like never before educationally, socially, financially, and spiritually. Christianity itself is under assault, and as a result, our grandchildren are living in a desperate moral and spiritual climate, navigating in a world hostile to truth. Parents and grandparents are involved in a tug of war for the hearts and minds of their children. Perhaps at no other time in our history is a call to prayer more needed.
Many years ago, Queen Esther stood in the gap for her people, the Jews, when their physical lives were threatened. In our day, grandparents can stand in the gap for the spiritual lives of their grandchildren.
Do you share Lillian’s concern? I know I do.
Grandparents who believe in the power of prayer can pray their grandchildren will not become casualties from falling captive to the enemy’s deception. We are engaged in a spiritual battle that requires prayer as the weapon. As grandparents, we have an opportunity to imprint another generation with His love and faithfulness.
When Nehemiah faced opposition in building the wall in Jerusalem, he told the people, “Don’t be afraid of them, Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, sons, and your daughters, your wives and your homes” (Nehemiah 4:14). Just as Nehemiah asked the people to fight for their families, we as grandparents need to use our prayers to fight the opposition from the enemy that our grandchildren face today.
We need to pray more often than on one special day, of course. But this September 7 can be a powerful time to join with other praying grandparents and encourage you to pray faithfully throughout the year.

In addition, the Christian Grandparenting Network is looking for volunteers to take the lead to organize a local event, calling grandparents to join in prayer on September 7. This event could be in your church, in your home, in a retirement complex, or any meeting location you choose. CGN will provide step-by-step guidelines, resources, and online tools to help you create a successful event that will engage grandparents in prayer together.

Will you accept the challenge to join grandparents throughout the world to unite in prayer on September 7 for their grandchildren?

Just like my grandkids, your grandkids–and all grandkids–are worth it!

Lillian Penner
Lillian Penner

Check the CGN website for blog posts, endorsements, testimonials, promotional materials and free downloads. For additional information, contact Lillian Penner, CGN national prayer coordinator.

This post linked to the GRAND Social

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Three Award-Winning Christian Children's Books

Two devotional books for young children recently joined a Christmas picture book as 2014 award winners among Christian children's books.

At the recent International Christian Retail Show in Atlanta, My Mama and Me by Crystal Bowman and Terri McKinley, illustrated by Phyllis Harris (Tyndale) won Children's Picture Book of the Year, awarded by the Association of Logos Bookstores.

Also in Atlanta, The One-Year My Princess Devotions by Karen Whiting (Tyndale) received Christian Retailing magazine's Best Award for children's nonfiction.

Earlier this year, the Evangelical Christian Publisher's Association gave The Sparkle Box by Jill Hardie, illustrated by Christine Kornacki (Ideals) its Christian Book Award in the children's category.

Congratulations to each of these authors, illustrators, and publishers!

The International Christian Retail Show 2014

Ever wonder how Christian children’s books wind up on store shelves? How retailers find new books and decide what to carry? One way is the International Christian Retail Show (ICRS), the annual trade show of the Christian Booksellers Association. I just came back from ICRS 2014 in Atlanta, and I thought I would share the experience with you. Read more ...

show floor

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Book I Bought for June: Sunday School Sing-Alongs & ABCs

This month's pick is perfect for summer as you drive in the car with your little ones--around town to swim lessons and softball games or around the country on a family vacation.

Twenty-two classic Sunday school songs on a CD will have your child--and probably you too--singing along in no time. The musical production scores low on cheesiness, making it easy for kids and parents to listen. And the song choices teach biblical stories and concepts little ones can understand--from "Arky, Arky" to "What a Mighty God We Serve" to "God Is So Good."

Music offers such a powerful way to get God's Word into the hearts and minds of children--and all of us, really.

You can listen to song samples here.

Just the right size for little hands, the alphabet board book helps kids recognize animals, their names, and the letters of the alphabet while it introduces the story of Noah's ark.

Throughout 2014 I'm buying a book a month to support retailers and other authors.
Read about the books I bought for January, February, March, April, and May.

This post linked to the GRAND Social.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Tips for Reading Aloud to Children

My husband and I returned just days ago from a week of visiting our oldest daughter and her family, which includes our two oldest grandsons--almost 7 and nearly 2.

Both a-c-t-i-v-e little boys!

We had tons of fun.

We had front-row seats at a family-friendly musical review, we spent a few hours at the beach, we celebrated birthdays, we ate at a restaurant where you cook your own pancakes on a griddle in the center of your table, we took family photos, we went to a ball game, we tried a little tennis.

We went to the library!

Want to read more? Please join me over at Christian Children's Authors where I'm sharing these tips today.