When I Pray for You released and became an instant bestseller. This is an incredibly poignant book that is a must-own for family bookshelves. So many people have been ordering multiple copies, not just for their own homes, but to give as gifts.
10 Gift Ideas for When I Pray for You
We have been overwhelmed by stories from parents who are using When I Pray for You for the most beautiful gifts. I wanted to share some of these ideas because I think they are easy, yet profoundly special.
One for Each Child
Many parents have shared that they loved the book the so much they bought one for each one of their children. We loved this instagram post from a mom who not only bought the book for each of her kids, but wrote a prayer for each one of them in it. Isn't that so lovely? What a treasure her words will be to her children when they are older.
Baby Shower Gift
Books are a popular baby shower gift and When I Pray for You is perfect for giving to an expectant parent. Many people have said that it has already become their go-to book for giving for baby showers. If you are hosting a baby shower, invite guests to write a prayer for the baby in When I Pray for You.
Hospital Guest Book
Buy a copy of When I Pray for You and invite hospital guests to sign it when the baby is born. Continue the practice at home when people come to meet the little one.
Baby Dedication/Christening Gift
The theme of prayer makes When I Pray for You for gifting for a religious celebration like a baby dedication or Christening. It is also a great fit for a First Communion, bat mitzvah, bar mitzvah, etc.
When I Pray for You is also perfect for any birthday. Want to make it even more special? Write a prayer for the child in the book. We loved Parents could write a short prayer in the book every year for the child’s birthday, then give it to them for their 18th birthday. Or, check out this Instagram post of the family who sent the book all over the country to have family members write prayers for their child's 10th birthday.
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The cumulation of L’s birthday happened with dinner and @matthewpaulturner’s “When I Pray for You” that traveled from Missouri to Germany to Florida and back to the Missouri/Kansas border to be signed by all of her family. I’m not exactly sure how we pulled it off in time, but the look of amazement on her face made it worth the hustle and postage. Sweet girl, you are so very loved. We hope your 10th birthday has been memorable. 💕🦄 #wheniprayforyou #10thbirthday
Annual School Memory Book
If your children attend Christian school, consider asking your child’s teachers to write a note/prayer in When I Pray for You every year. Give the book, full of prayers from their teachers, to your child for their high school graduation.
Whether a child is graduating from preschool or high school, When I Pray for You is a perfect gift. It’s a perfect alternative to giving Oh, the Places You’ll Go. A school emailed us that they were buying 30 copies of When I Pray for You to give to their graduating students.
If you know someone who is adopting a child, give them a copy of When I Pray for You, as it will surely resonate with the prayers they have lifted up for their child.
Foster Care Gift
Whether you know a parent who is fostering a child or you are a foster parent yourself, When I Pray for You is a thoughtful gift to give to a special child.
Gift from a Loved One
The prose in When I Pray for You is written so that it can come from anyone. We have loved how many grandparents, aunts, uncles and other special loved ones have given the book to special kids in their lives.
Give When I Pray for You
When I Pray for You is such a special book because it helps parents talk about how much they love and pray for their kids. I hope this inspires you to gift this book to your own children, as well as other families. Matthew's other books – When God Made You and When God Made Light are also wonderful books to gift.