Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Our Family’s Favorite Easter Resources + Love Inspired Suspense Cover Reveal

by Meghan Carver

When I was a child, Easter was a special time…of sorts.



My mother would usually make me a new dress. That was about the only time of the year she completed a sewing project, so it was extra special. J

We would usually spend the weekend at my grandparents’ house about two hours away. My grandmother would hide jelly beans all over her house for an egg hunt on Sunday morning…including in our shoes. Candy of any kind was such a rare treat for my brother and me that I apparently didn’t notice the slight taste of feet. J At my grandparents’ church, we would sit on the front pew. I don’t remember any of the sermons, but I remember my grandmother’s hats.

While these are nice memories, my husband (who didn’t have any Jesus in his childhood Easters) and I have decided to take advantage of the many resources available today to get more Jesus in our family’s Easter. Over the years, we’ve collected several books and videos…and a couple other things as well.


Books

The Beginner's Bible the Very First Easter
Cute drawings and the basic story any child can understand.

What Is Easter? 
Super adorable drawings and rhyming text.

Titus A Comrade of the Cross (Illustrated) (Comrades of the Cross) 
We actually purchased this as an Abeka book for our homeschool curriculum, but I found it available for Kindle on Amazon. My two oldest girls have read it and thought it really brought the Bible to life, although the ending for Titus was surprising and sad. The story of the character Titus is fiction, but the setting, the society, and Jesus are based on the truth of the Bible. This one is shooting to the top of my to-be-read list, and in fact, I found two others by the same author on Amazon, a trilogy called Comrades of the Cross -- Stephen: A Soldier of the Cross and The Cross Triumphant.


Videos
VeggieTales: An Easter Carol
Provides an entertaining contrast between plastic eggs and the resurrection. Try watching it and not singing about mechanical chickens. J

The Passion of the Christ 
What an emotional experience! A couple of years ago, we let our older children watch it with us. We thought the two oldest were mature enough and knowledgeable enough to handle it. The visuals definitely made what they had only read about more real. In regard to your children, use your discretion.


Radio Theatre Drama

Adventures in Odyssey: Bible Eyewitness Collector's Set 
Specifically The Easter Story – Digger Digwillow travels back in the Imagination Station to witness the last week of Jesus’ life. The cover looks like it's just for children, but don't be fooled. Our teens and my husband and I love Adventures in Odyssey!


And don’t forget….

 Family Life Resurrection Eggs - 12-Piece Easter Egg Set with Booklet and Religious Figurines Inside - Tells the Full Story of Easter
We always have a little egg hunt for our children at home after church. Scavenger hunts are just fun, and we take the opportunity to insert a little more teaching through the Resurrection Eggs. Our children usually end up competing to see who can find the most of these special eggs.

Nice Little Town Easter: Adult Coloring Book (Coloring pages for relaxation, Stress Relieving Coloring Book)
Isn't the cover of this adult coloring book fun and whimsical? So, my last item isn't terribly spiritual, but it can be stress-relieving.


What are your go-to resources for Easter?

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Before you leave, may I share the cover of my Love Inspired Suspense coming this July? I love how pretty…worried the heroine looks!


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2 comments:

  1. Meghan, thanks for sharing your Easter resources with us. My granddaughters love the Resurrection eggs. Each year, we do a Walking With Jesus celebration for them. We do different games, a regular Easter egg hunt, along with the Resurrection eggs. Then we end it with Walking with Jesus where we go through the final week leading up to the Crucifixion then the Resurrection. They look forward to it for a long time.

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  2. We had the Resurrection eggs for the kids. I loved being able to use them to tell the story of Jesus. I haven't seen the Passion. I know I'll cry. This year my husband and I will be in Prague on Easter. We're going to look for a service to attend.

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