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NATIONAL BESTSELLER • In her first picture book, New York Times bestselling author and mother of three Elisabeth Hasselbeck reminds us that little hearts can be anxious too—and that God is always listening to their prayers.
Flashlight Night is narrated by a boy whose parents have used chalkboard paint to create a wall where he and his siblings can write out all their fears, cares, and concerns: Will I learn to blow a bubble? Tie my shoes? Stay out of trouble? Be the friend they choose?
The boy shares the wall with a friend, who records her own prayers. Later, they visit the chalkboard wall at dusk with a flashlight. The boy's mom shines the light on some prayers and turns it off at other times, pointing out that their prayers (and the children's faith) are still there, even in the dark, and that God hears every request.
Mom says, "Sometimes we see God's yes,
and other times we don't.
But just because it hasn't happened,
doesn't mean it won't.
"Even when it's dark and dim
and when we cannot see,
let's choose to place our trust in God.
He's close to you and me."
About the Author
Elisabeth Hasselbeck is an Emmy Award-winning former talk show host and New York Times best-selling author of The G-Free Diet and Deliciously G-Free. Elisabeth is a busy mother of three and is married to ESPN/NFL correspondent and former NFL quarterback Tim Hasselbeck.
Julia Seal graduated with a degree in graphic design and illustration. After working in the greeting card industry and getting covered in glitter every day, she moved on to her dream job illustrating children's books. She now lives in a small village near Bath with her husband and two children, surrounded by books and inspiration.
“Flashlight Night is such a simple yet creative way to help kids (and even adults) understand the act of having faith in things we do not see. This book will help kids not only learn to share all their hopes, dreams, and troubles with the Lord, but also to be patient in prayer and continue to believe even when they might not get the answers they are looking for.”—Super Bowl–winning NFL quarterback Nick Foles and his wife, Tori Foles, certified health coach
“This book feels like a soft knock on the door from a dear friend. It’s an invitation to climb the stairs together, grab a piece of chalk, be honest about our struggles, and wait together with hope. This book is not only a reminder but a beacon reflecting the Great Light that all of us—kids and grown-ups alike—need so desperately today.”—Sissy Goff, M.Ed., LPC-MHSP, director of child and adolescent counseling, Daystar Counseling Ministries, and author of Raising Worry-Free Girls
“Flashlight Night serves as a warm and endearing reminder for children of all ages that nothing is too big or too small for our God. Elisabeth empowers readers with the confidence that they can pray bold prayers to the Father that deeply cares for their hopes and dreams. All families need this book in their home!”—Rebekah Lyons, bestselling author of Rhythms of Renewal
“As soon as we finished the book, my kids wanted to create our own prayer wall. It helps to show that God actually hears and answers our prayers while helping to cultivate a closeness among family members. I love this book, and I can’t wait to start this in our home!”—Kirsten Watson, mom of seven with husband and NFL champion Benjamin Watson, and cohost of Why or Why Not with the Watsons podcast
“I love where this story takes us. Not just kids, but all of us. We need the rich reminders scattered along the journey of this story. This book is full of hope and full of truth, just like my friend, Elisabeth.”—David Thomas, therapist and coauthor of the bestselling Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys and Intentional Parenting