An ABC Prayer to Jesus: Praise for Hearts both Young and Old
We’re thrilled to announce that, God-willing and enabling, An ABC Prayer to Jesus: Praise for Hearts Both Young and Old will soon be published. I’m pleased to be working with Redemption Press to have this work released in early 2021. An ABC Prayer is a very simple, but affecting children’s version of my Worship Worthy: Alliterative Adoration. It is a theologically rich, but simply expressed A to Z prayer of childlike—but not childish—praise. An ABC Prayer combines a lyrical prayer-praise text with beautiful illustrations. My illustrator and good friend, Dan Lee, is preparing a visually delightful (and fun) experience for children, their parents, and whoever else may pick up a copy!
Here’s an early (yet unfinished) sample:
As for the text, it has won praise from a couple of children’s authors:
“Thank you, thank you for the privilege of reading your manuscripts [The ABC Prayer to Jesus and Worship Worthy]. I really love them both. Your writing is so deep, rich, winsome and readable. My spirit soared as I read.” —Susan Hunt, author of Big Truths for Little Kids: Teaching Your Children to Live for God and My ABC Bible Verses: Hiding God’s Word in Little Hearts [brackets added].
“[For] parents of kids enamored with flashy video and meaningless sound bites, Tim Shorey has [provided] a simple but profound tool to engage our children’s growing mind and help them think deep thoughts of God. From the Ancient of Days to Zion’s King Tim introduces our children to Jesus our great Savior through the whole alphabet. An A, B, C, Prayer to Jesus [would be] a classic, straight off the press…[to be] read again and again to your children.” —Marty Machowski, author of The Ology, The Gospel Story Bible, Long Story Short, Dragon Seed.
“In An ABC Prayer to Jesus Tim Shorey, an experienced Pastor, and author, helps children of all ages grow in the knowledge of God’s Word with beautiful and understandable words for children of all ages. Reading good theology in poetry form will help your child expand their reading horizons and provide another tool for their growth in grace. I encourage parents of children of all ages to get this new resource and to tell their friends about it.” —Dave Jenkins, Executive Director, Servants of Grace Ministries, Executive Editor, Theology for Life, Host and Producer, Equipping You in Grace, Servants of Grace, and Warriors of Grace Podcasts.
Here are several sample stanzas:
Ancient of Days you have always been,
Adored by angels since way back when,
Alive and awesome you will always be,
Ark of safety holding me…
…Creator God (who made it all) –
Cradled in a cattle stall; you
Came to save and give us grace; God—
Crucified in our place…
… King of Heaven rule each thought;
Keep me doing what I ought;
Knock and ask to enter in,
Kiss with mercy, wash my sin…
… Rock to stand on, true and tried;
Refuge where we run to hide;
Risen, now no longer dead; please
Return, just as you said.
Shepherd of your little sheep
Soothe us when we start to weep;
Shade each tired and weary heart;
Shield from every evil dart…
Respect the Image (for Kids)
I believe a children’s edition of Respect the Image (for kids around 8-12) would serve families well. It would make a very good family devotions study, not to mention content for home school kids, Sunday School/Children’s ministry, and the like.
Windchasers and Worshipers: The Quest for Significance
The goal of Wind-Chasers and Worshipers: A Quest for Significance would be to present and contextualize Ecclesiastes in a way that responds directly to the seductive vanity of our world. Rooted in the ancient text, but full of vivid contemporary illustrations and discussion questions, the book would serve well to expose the cravings of each human heart, to address inclinations of various generations and cultures, and to give this and the next generation core biblical world-view answers to life’s biggest questions.
With chapter titles like Chasing the Wind, The Trouble with Whyning, In Search of the Eternal Buzz, Shark Tank Madness, Religioso Rigormortis, What Mirrors Won’t Tell, Echoes of Eternity, Mysterium Tremendum, Who’s the Boss?, and Glimpses of Eden, the book would appeal across generational lines and meet younger and older people alike, right at the places where their world may be tempting and/or their faith may be teetering.
A Communication Trilogy
I dream, too, of a trilogy about biblical communication principles that will show how to interact with one another, speak about beautiful and holy things, and relate across the racial lines that divide. If the Lord wills, each of these will equip people young and old to utilize ear and tongue for loving, respectful, and holy purposes. The first in the trilogy is already published (see above). The latter two are very much outlined in my mind and heart, and await God’s timing, if they prove to be his will.
- Respect the Image: Reflecting Human Worth in How We Listen and talk (P&R Publishing)
- Restore the Sacred: Celebrating the Holy and Beautiful in a Fallen and Profane World
- Reclaim the Vision: Elevating Our Discourse and Respect across the Racial Divide