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Christ-Centered Easter Books

Prepare Your Children For A Jesus Celebration

Different. That’s what we want our Easter Celebration to be. For months we have been talking about getting back to the basics; the root and reason for celebration.

Not easter eggs.

Not the easter bunny.

Not candy, gifts, or prizes.

And no silly easter books about the easter bunny, eggs, and candy.

It’s Resurrection Sunday. And in our house we want our celebration to point to straight to Jesus.

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Do Your Kids Know What You’re Celebrating?

Want to hear about my epic mom fail? It was Christmas; you know, the day that’s supposed to be all about JESUS. Well we spent the day with family as most people do. We started the morning bright and early. Cinnamon rolls for breakfast, stockings opened with family, and by 8AM we were opening presents. It was really a great day. A long one, but a great one. We had relatives in town and were celebrating at our in-laws so we surrounded by family and had lots of yummy food. All good things right?

When we got home that night I sat down with the kids to unwrap the day; talk about it. I wanted to see if they had made the connection between our celebration and what we were actually celebrating.

Me: So what were we celebrating today?

Them: PRESENTS!

Me: Well, why do we give presents?

Them: Because it’s Christmas!

Me: Do you remember what Christmas is about or why we celebrate it?

Them: On Christmas we get lots and lots of presents!

Oh and this part was the worst! I asked my five (at the time) year old if he would choose a Christmas song to sing with us, lead us into some worship before bed. Want to know what he chose? Frosty the Snowman…

Mom. Fail. At least in my book.

It’s not like we hadn’t talked with our kids about the real meaning of Christmas. We had. In great detail. But there was still a disconnect. And after thinking about I realized where that disconnect came from. And the blame falls solely on us.

Finding the Disconnect

Long story short; our talk didn’t match our walk. We talked about Jesus. But our celebration fed nothing but our own wants and traditions. It was Jesus’ birthday yet we did very little to intentionally honor Him. In fact, I don’t know that His name came up more than once or twice the entire day. Why? Because we caught up in us. Caught up in tradition. Forgetting to give honor where honor was due. Forgetting to remember.

 

So fast forward to now. We’re doing things differently. Preparing and celebrating differently. We’re leaving easter as most know it behind and getting back to the roots; refocusing our attention on the miracle of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection.

As with anything, we start most of our teaching and learning with conversation and fun books. Want a look at some of the Christ-Centered easter books we’ve read and loved? From Palm Sunday to Passover, Good Friday, and Resurrection Sunday; these are the reads we love and recommend.

Easter Books We LOVE That Point to Jesus and the Cross

The Colt and the King

The Donkey Who Carried A King

The Donkey That No One Could Ride

Humphrey’s First Palm Sunday

The Colt and the KingThe Colt and the KingThe Colt and the KingThe Donkey Who Carried a KingThe Donkey Who Carried a KingThe Donkey Who Carried a KingThe Donkey That No One Could RideThe Donkey That No One Could RideThe Donkey That No One Could RideHumphrey's First Palm SundayHumphrey’s First Palm SundayHumphrey's First Palm Sunday

The Story of Passover 

Is It Passover Yet?

More Than Enough: A Passover Story

The Story of PassoverThe Story of PassoverThe Story of PassoverIs It Passover Yet? (Celebrate Jewish Holidays)Is It Passover Yet? (Celebrate Jewish Holidays)Is It Passover Yet? (Celebrate Jewish Holidays)More Than EnoughMore Than EnoughMore Than Enough

The Tale of 3 Trees

The Garden, the Curtain, and the Cross

God’s Very Good Idea

God Gave Us Easter

The Tale of Three Trees: A Traditional FolktaleThe Tale of Three Trees: A Traditional FolktaleThe Tale of Three Trees: A Traditional FolktaleThe Garden, the Curtain and the Cross (Tales That Tell the Truth)The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross (Tales That Tell the Truth)The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross (Tales That Tell the Truth)God's Very Good Idea (Tales That Tell the Truth)God’s Very Good Idea (Tales That Tell the Truth)God's Very Good Idea (Tales That Tell the Truth)God Gave Us Easter (God Gave Us Series)God Gave Us Easter (God Gave Us Series)God Gave Us Easter (God Gave Us Series)

We also enjoy reading the resurrection story from our The Illustrated Bible for Little Ones. We have had that Bibe for years (since my oldest was just a baby).

If you’re looking for activities to go along with your reading The Garden, the Curtain, and the Cross and God’s Very Good Idea both have corresponding coloring books! You’ll find them below!

The Illustrated Bible for Little OnesThe Illustrated Bible for Little OnesThe Illustrated Bible for Little OnesThe Garden, the Curtain & the Cross Colouring & Activity Book (Tales That Tell the Truth)The Garden, the Curtain & the Cross Colouring & Activity Book (Tales That Tell the Truth)The Garden, the Curtain & the Cross Colouring & Activity Book (Tales That Tell the Truth)God's Very Good Idea - Colouring and Activity Book (Tales That Tell the Truth)God’s Very Good Idea – Colouring and Activity Book (Tales That Tell the Truth)God's Very Good Idea - Colouring and Activity Book (Tales That Tell the Truth)

Easter is so much bigger and better than candy, bunnies, and colored eggs. It’s part of the gospel, maybe even the most important part of the gospel. It doesn’t get bigger than that.

This year I want to invite you to join me in doing easter differently; giving more airtime the stories that matter; remembering Easter for what it really is – a celebration of life, victory, and a truly precious gift to those who will believe.

 

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