Celebrating a Christ-Centered Easter is a book for the family that is looking to center their Easter holidays on the events leading up to the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ.
Each part of the book has beautiful illustrations, the story from the scriptures, as well as what's happening in a more story-like format, perfect for children.
But what makes it different from other books, is how it suggests ways we can focus on Jesus after we've read the stories by tying the principle being taught to how we can apply it, for example, by reaching out to others or thinking of what brings you joy.
There are also activities like making a palm branch, writing personal and meaningful scriptures down and putting them in Easter eggs to hang from your Easter branch, and other simple, yet profound ways to turn the family's thoughts toward Christ.
I really liked the simple Easter ornaments that were pictured on the bottom of the pages that had thought-provoking questions. Families can go to christcenteredcelebrations.com for more ideas!
Aren't the page examples cute? I really enjoyed this book and know we'll be using it every year!
You can get your copy from Deseret Book here
Here's the back copy:
This is a children's picture book edition of the best-selling adult book of the same title. Using illustrations and age-appropriate text, this children's edition features passages of scripture along with original text to tell the Easter story and provides ideas for family traditions that young children can understand to make the holiday more Christ-centered. Each spread uses at least one person from the Easter story--including Simon, Joseph and Nicodemus, Mary Magdalene, the disciples on the road to Emmaus, and Thomas--to illustrate a theme.
For example, the story begins with Jesus' entry into Jerusalem before Passover and describes the scene as Jesus' followers filled His path with palm branches and leaves. Then the book presents a question for the child to ponder: "On the first Easter, people found ways to celebrate Jesus. Could you?"
Combining biblical text with a beautiful story line and wonderfully charming, full-color illustrations, this book will help make Christ the focus of your celebrations this year.