Children love repetition and ritual and at no time is that more important than at bedtime. Little ones need a calming routine to help them transition from the excitement of the day to a time of rest and quiet. For Christian parents, a bedtime routine usually includes a time of prayer as parent and child give thanks to God, pray for loved ones, and make special requests.
For those looking to go beyond this type of prayer time, Church Publishing has a new book called Candle Walk: A Bedtime Prayer to God written and illustrated by Karin Holsinger Sherman. It offers children an opportunity at the end of the day for listening and contemplation. It is based on the ancient practice of Compline, when a person gives thanks for the day, examines their conscience, and follows a set order of prayers and readings.
Candle Walk adapts the practice of Compline so that it can become part of one’s life from a very early age. The text of the book is simple and lyrical, soothing little ones as they settle down for sleep. Set in the context of a walk by candlelight, the illustrations are simple and restful.
The book is recommended for toddlers and school children. The full Order of Compline from the Book of Common Prayer is included so that when children are older they can continue their contemplative time alone or with their families.
Those from liturgical churches may be most interested in Candle Walk but those unfamiliar with Compline might want to explore this practice along with their children and add a new tradition to their family. It would make a lovely gift for the birth or baptism of a baby and a dedication page is included at the front of the book.
This review is based on an advance reader excerpt of the book which I was sent by Church Publishing Incorporated. The book will be available to the public on February 15, 2019.