Sing, Wrestle, Spin

Prayers for Active Kids

Jennifer Grant

Mar/2022, 128 Pages, PAPERBACK, 5.5 x 8.5

ISBN-13: 9781640655164



Fresh and imaginative ways for kids to pray using all of their senses.  

Prayer does not have to involve silence, sitting still, and solemnity. It can be active and engaging, especially essential for kids, who often enjoy movement and creativity. In an easy-to-use format with illustrations, the author connects scripture and biblical characters to dynamic prayer practices such as wrestling, singing, breathing, and dancing. 

Praying while using sign language, tracing a labyrinth, applying Band-Aids, planting a seed, eating something delicious, or riding a bike—these fun ideas are just some of the ways wiggly, tactile, and nonverbal kids will learn to reach out in love, gratitude, and need to God. 

Read an excerpt.

JENNIFER GRANT is the author of several books for adults, including the adoption memoir, Love You More. Her work for children includes the award-winning picture book Maybe God Is Like That Too. The mother of four and a lifelong Episcopalian, she lives in the Chicago area with her husband and rescue dog, Scarlett. Connect with her online at

"This emotion-filled book is designed for parents and anyone who talks with children, but we suspect it will also guide and inform the spiritual practices of enthusiasm and being present in any adult willing to wade in."
Spirituality & Practice

“Inclusive, inviting, and thoroughly innovative, Jennifer Grant’s Sing, Wrestle, Spin is a lovely invitation for children to explore myriad ways to pray. A gentle, creative exploration that will be welcomed by every family of faith.”
—Glenys Nellist, author of the Love Letters from God, Snuggle Time, and Good News series

Sing, Wrestle, Spin holds out its hands to readers of all ages, urges us to let go of our fear and self-consciousness, and invites us to dance.”
—Laura Alary, author of Read, Wonder, Listen: Stories from the Bible for Young Readers

“These pages of beautiful wisdom expressed in age-appropriate language and stories had me tapping my toes. Here you will find spiritual formation for real, flesh-and-blood families and children who want to bring their entire loud, complicated, messy, fearfully and wonderfully made selves to God.”
—Catherine McNiel, author of Long Days of Small Things: Motherhood as a Spiritual Discipline

“The ideas invite children to bring wonder, creativity, and play to the practice of prayer. I’ll be recommending this book to every parent, Christian educator, and pastor I know.”
—Traci Smith, author of Little Prayers for Everyday Life


  1. Sing
  2. Touch
  3. Listen
  4. Create
  5. Laugh
  6. Question
  7. Count
  8. Petition
  9. See
  10. Wrestle
  11. Imagine
  12. Trust
  13. Breathe
  14. Cry
  15. Taste
  16. Write
  17. Spin

Final Thoughts



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