Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Chrissy Metz and songwriter Bradley Collins have teamed to create a new children’s picture book about faith, prayer, and the loving bond between parent and child in When I Talk to God, I Talk About You, out now from Flamingo Books.
The rhyming book features illustrations by Lisa Fields and introduces families to the power of faith, love, and confidence from the perspective of animals. From bears and otters to rabbits and raccoons, each animal family describes the many things they pray to God for as their little ones grow before their eyes.
Inspired by the love and faith shared by Metz’s late grandmother, as well as her experiences as a preschool teacher, the authors create a meaningful opportunity for young readers to learn how to have a conscious connection with God.
“My grandmother instilled my conscious contact with God,” says Metz. “She really bolstered my self-confidence and was always so encouraging and loving.When I Talk To God, I Talk About You is this journey through the dream of raising a child and watching them grow right before your eyes all while supporting their unique path with love and guidance through a tender introduction to prayer.
“I taught preschool and have nine nieces and nephews,” she continues. “I have always understood the value of being heard and loved. That starts early with fostering confidence and self-love. It creates the foundation in which children walk through this world. My partner, Bradley, and I wanted to connect the dots in our book between the foundation of self and a relationship with a higher power. And what Lisa Fields captured in the eyes of these beautiful woodland creatures – it’s so sweet and so tender.”
A companion album inspired by the book, Prayed For This Day, was released Feb. 10.
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