I Love You To God and Back

April 9, 2012

This isn’t the kind of book I usually read, but I liked it. It was a nice break from some of the deep thought/action-oriented books of things I need to improve about myself. This book is a parenting memoir, a collection of a mom’s reflections on 100 night-time prayers done with her six-year-old daughter Chloe. It was a light-hearted read, which was good, because I had been running into a little bit of fix-myself burn-out. Even after taking a short mental break and reading a lighter book like this one, I still think I’m going to be reading at a lower rate of pages per day for a little while.

Throughout the book, Amanda Lamb (author) reflects on the little things in her daughter’s prayers, that most other people might not notice or find particularly meaningful.

I found that I related to the author many times, and I also related to her daughter. I related to the “busy mom” syndrome of not feeling productive if I’m not doing something. One thing I struggle with the most as a mom is just slowing down and “doing nothing” with my kids. I feel like I’m being lazy when I do that, even though I know that those times are among the most meaningful for my children. I have to keep reminding myself that “I am being productive right now, I’m producing young ladies.” It just doesn’t feel productive, mostly because it’s not going to pay bills or keep the house clean. The author reflected many times on her need to slow down, and that her daughter through her prayers reminded her (indirectly) of this.

I also related to Chloe, the little six year old whose prayers are written in this book. The author recorded 100 of their bedtime prayers with a recording device, at Chloe’s request, and transcribed them for this book. Chloe reminded me a lot of myself when I was a child, and through the book I was thinking of a lot of things that have changed about myself between being 6 and being 24.

One thing I liked that the author pointed out were some of the little things about how Chloe prays with a few common phrases. For example, she starts her prayers “Dear God and Jesus,” because she wants to be sure they know she’s praying to both of them. I liked this because it reminded me of my own girls, who have specific phrases in their prayers as well. Jasmine (2 years old) nearly always prays like this: “God. Eggs. Oranges. God.” When Acacia (4 years old) prays, it is a bit more deep and thorough than Jasmine’s, but she nearly always includes the phrase, “And please don’t lose us.”

The book is full of sweet stories about the qualities of children, and the growing and changing ideas one six-year-old has about God. I think this is the first “memoir” I’ve ever actually read, and I liked it.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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