Exciting News!

I am SO EXCITED to announce that The Wake-up Prayer children’s picture book releases this Friday, January 19!! It teaches kids (about ages 2-7) how to pray at the beginning of their day and that God is with them and helps them throughout the day.

Did you grow up praying the children’s prayer, “Now I lay me down to sleep“? I did. It’s been around since the 1700s and everyone seems to have a little different version of it. (I’d love to hear yours!) The prayer has been put to song and nursery rhymes and has given many children peace and comfort as they go to sleep. But what about when they wake up?

I had been praying about writing a children’s book about prayer after my book, Pursuing Prayer was published. One morning I woke up with the words: “Now I wake me up from sleep…,” and it went on from there. God answered my prayer by literally whispering it to me as I woke up. I got up and quickly poured my coffee and sat in my pjs for a couple of hours until I finished it. Of course, it’s been through a few changes and professional edits since then. And I love what my illustrator has done with it.

I couldn’t believe it when it won first place at the Florida Christian Writer’s Conference in 2022!

So…I am very excited to bring The Wake-up Prayer to you and your children and/or grandchildren!! I pray it will be a comfort to children everywhere all through their days.

It’s been a long journey with many frustrations, which makes its release even sweeter. I hope you’ll check it out at the link below. You can still purchase it at the pre-order price until Friday. Here’s the Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/099091707X

And, it’s not too late to be on my launch team and help me get this book into children’s hands and hearts by sharing social media posts about it and giving your honest review. You can even share this post by forwarding it to friends with littles. Nowadays, it’s hard to get a book known in the sea of so many books, so authors must rely on others to help share it (publishers do not market any more). Just comment below and I’ll send you the launch information. Oh, and there will be contests and prizes. 😉

God bless you, and God bless our children!


What next? Pursuing Prayer for America. Be sure to subscribe on my website so you won’t miss it! And when you do, you’ll receive my FREE download.


What’s before? Pursuing Prayer – Being Effective in a Busy World

Amazon link here



  1. Cheryl Bradshaw on January 16, 2024 at 1:40 pm

    So excited for you Penny! I just ordered it for my great nieces and nephew. We pray it will go far and wide.
    We love you,
    Cheryl & Robert

  2. Karen Hester on January 16, 2024 at 2:17 pm

    You know I will always support you and this book is so exciting …. our children need words to live on that they can memorize and repeat in their mind. You know just like us, we all remember that prayer and any word or phrase that’s spoken or read … it all comes back to our mind and we repeat it! I’m looking forward to reading it for me!!

  3. Penny Cooke on January 16, 2024 at 2:38 pm

    Thanks so much! I Pray it blesses them. Love you too!

  4. Penny Cooke on January 16, 2024 at 2:41 pm

    Thank you so much for ALL your support, Karen! Wow…the thought of them memorizing this prayer and it coming back to them…Lord, let it be so.

  5. Jennifer on January 16, 2024 at 3:04 pm

    Love that it’s finally here!!! So excited!

  6. Penny Cooke on January 16, 2024 at 3:07 pm

    Thank you so much for your excitement! It makes me even more excited. You know it’s been a looong birth!! lol
    Blessings to you, Jennifer!

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