Grace Mazza Urbanski, former director of Children’s Ministry for the Apostleship of Prayer (now the Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network), gives parents practical advice on how to help children find opportunities to pray throughout the day in Pray with Me: Seven Simple Ways to Pray with Your Children. Using warmth, humor, and passion, Urbanski draws on personal experience to show how families are brought closer together through deeper contact with God.
There are opportunities for children to pray everywhere—when a friend gets hurt on the playground, before a test in the classroom, and even as they hear ambulance sirens while riding in the car with mom or dad—not just at meals and bedtime. In Pray with Me, Urbanski identifies seven ways that parents can help deepen their child's relationship with God by using everyday life as a trigger for prayer. She shows how spontaneous prayer, traditional prayers you know by heart, scripture, song, silence, and reflection help families draw closer to God and each other.
Urbanski weaves personal stories with a heartfelt devotion to Christ to teach parents how to help their children learn to respond to life in prayer.
Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches
Imprint: Ave Maria Press
“A practical, down-to-earth guide.”
“Pray with Me, a practical, down-to-earth guide, is filled with suggestions for helping you, your children, and your grandchildren to make prayer a part of everyday life. The author examines memorized prayer, sung prayer, lectio divina, Ignatian and other forms of prayer, and how to experience them with youngsters. At the same time, it assists parents and grandparents in deepening their own prayer life, leading to strong family bonds with Jesus and one another.”
Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan
Archbishop of New York
“A wise, resourceful, charming book.”
“Of all the Catholic titles I read (in 2015) none proved of greater practical benefit than Grace Mazza Urbanski’s Pray with Me: Seven Simple Ways to Pray with Your Children (Ave Maria), a wise, resourceful, charming book, which, as the besotted papa of a daughter of three, I can warmly recommend to all parents keen on transmitting the Faith to the younger generation.”
Catholic World Report
“In Pray with Me, Grace Mazza Urbanski walks alongside parents in a thoughtful consideration of the gift of prayer. Grace shares from her theological expertise and a mother’s caring heart to inspire you into a dialogue with God and your family. She gives us highly useful ideas to make prayer an active part of our domestic church. I highly recommend this for any parent, grandparent, son, or daughter looking to grow closer to God and their loved ones.”
Lisa M. Hendey
Founder of CatholicMom.com and author of The Grace of Yes
“A smart, engaging, and thoughtful book.”
“Grace Mazza Urbanski has gifted us with a smart, engaging, and thoughtful book to jump-start prayer life with our children. Pray with Me is a great way to invite young parents to see the goodness of God in the midst of the messy calling known as parenting.”
Tim and Sue Muldoon
Authors of Six Sacred Rules for Families