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Remember when I went to Allume last year and God reminded me that He gave me His words? And I should use them regardless of how I feel? Of who might read them? Or how they might be received?

One of the conversations where God spoke to me was with a new friend, someone I didn’t know before Allume. We started talking about Truth in the Tinsel and my didn’t-finish-it-because-I-was-scared Easter ebook. As we talked (ok, really, I did all the talking!), I started getting riled up about Easter and the lack of resources for teaching kids about Jesus’ death and resurrection. I told her about my idea for an ebook and the activities I’d already done with my kids that I thought were actually really good. She finally said, “Well, if nothing else, you are clearly passionate about teaching it.”

And it kinda surprised me.

Like I almost thought, “Well, who isn’t?”

Then, “Wait. Some people probably aren’t. Clearly. They aren’t!”

And then, “Hmm. She’s right. I am passionate about it.”

I walked away from that conversation (and more conversations about that conversation) saying, “No matter what, I have to get that Easter ebook out. I have to tell that story.

A few weeks later I was folding clothes (ugh, the bane of my existence!) and listening to Tricia Goyer‘s podcast (podcasts are the only thing that get me through my housewifery duties). She was interviewing one of my heroes, Bodie Thoene about her new book, When Jesus Wept. It’s the first of a biblical fiction series leading up to the death and resurrection of Jesus. (I read it a few weeks ago. LOVED IT.)

Bodie was getting all excited about the book (and the upcoming movie!) and asked for prayers, that God would use the book and the movie to change lives and bring people to Him. Then she said, “In these last days…there is no story as important to tell as the story of the Resurrection.” And if you could have heard her passion. She was adamant about it!

And it hit me. Her words hit me right in the heart.

I MUST TELL THIS STORY.

So, I am. The Easter ebook I promised last year is finally here. Well, it will be here in March…hopefully March 5th when Lent begins. (It’s still being designed and tweaked and all that!)

This ebook isn’t Truth in the Tinsel: The Easter version. In fact, it’s harder than that. It’s harder because the story is harder. Jesus being tortured and nailed to a cross is not as happy of a story as sweet baby Jesus in a manger surrounded by fluffy chickens and lowing cows. The story of Jesus’ death and resurrection is serious, sad, deep and filled with layers of meaning.

Which is again, why I have to tell it!

Parents look at the Easter story and can’t answer their children’s questions, can’t figure out how to talk about death and prophesy and resurrection, so they just grab the nearest egg-covered kids’ book or bunny-filled Veggie Tales and be done with it.

We don’t cover our home with decorations for Easter. We don’t have Easter cards and Easter ornaments and Easter parties and month long celebrations. We add an egg centerpiece to the table and maybe a new cross on our mantle and leave it at that.

I’m not suggesting we turn Easter into the crazy that December is. But I do want the story of Easter to be elevated to the excitement that Christmas brings. I want my kids to know the story of Jesus’ death like they know the story of his birth.

And I want to help you do the same for your kids.

This ebook is not Truth in the Tinsel. These are bigger activities, bigger conversations and bigger thoughts.

This book is not a little craft book. These activities will help you and your kids experience the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection.

This ebook isn’t a history book with timelines of details of the Easter story. No, it’s a general overview that brings kids to a better understanding and belief in the why of the Easter story.

Why did Jesus die?

Why did they bury him?

Why was there an angel at the tomb?

Why did Jesus come back to life?

This ebook will give you and your kids a sense of the resurrection. A sense of what it must have been like to walk through those last days of Jesus’ life on earth. A sense of how much Jesus loves you.

Make sure you’re subscribed to my blog (or newsletter) so you know when the book comes out (we’re talking a matter of days here, folks!) and how you can get your own copy and spread the word to others!

UPDATE: It’s here!! Get your copy now!

And also? Thank you. Thank you for encouraging me and praying and for some unknown reason, listening to what I have to say. :)
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Comments

  1. Amanda, so excited about this and praising God for the way He moves in our hearts!!

  2. Oh Amanda, can’t wait to read your Easter e-book. Thanks for the heads up!

  3. Excited! Can’t wait to read it and share it!! Enjoyed talking with you at Allume last year!

  4. melanie freisinger says:

    Awesome! YOu are blessed for following His lead and we are blessed also!

  5. I am beyond excited!!!! Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!!! I can not wait to see what amazing things you have in store for us!!!! fYi…we LOVE Truth in the Tinsel!!

  6. So very exciting. So many will be blessed by your obedience!

  7. So excited! Every year I search and search for Easter ideas to do with my 3 kids and I come up with nothing…I do end up doing some sort of Easter Activity with them that I pull together, but I always want more…I want it to be big like Easter for them! SO thank you!

  8. I can’t wait! Thank you for your hard work in helping parents teach the real Easter to our kids!

  9. I am so excited about this thank you! I cannot tell you how long I have researched things to do during lent (with the Truth in Tinsel in mind) and not found anything that even slightly matches it so I cannot wait. Thank you!

  10. I cannot wait for this book. I have felt like Easter is so cheated compared to Christmas in our home and this your ebook sounds exactly what we need! Thank you for obeying God’s call on your life and sharing with us all!

  11. Yay! I will definitely be getting this! I have a question though… Since it’s bigger activities, conversations, etc… what age range of kids will be able to handle it?

    • There’s nothing “too old” for your kids. I mean, we aren’t going to be showing the Passion of the Christ or anything. :) I’ve done most of this stuff w/my kids for the past 2 years and they are only 5 & 8. So, although I wouldnt say its perfect for toddlers or early preschoolers. I think it just depends on how comfortable you feel for adapting it for them.

      Does that help? I’ll have more info/recommendations when it comes out, of course.
      a

      • Yes, thanks! I figured that it would be adaptable… My son (soon to be 5) has a pretty short attention span! Truth in the Tinsel activities were just about perfect for him, so we might need to spread these out a little more. I’m looking forward to it!

  12. Crystal Espinoza says:

    Yay!!! Can’t wait!!!! So glad you listened to the Holy Spirit & not others ;) Thank you for being obedient to our Heavenly Father & letting Him use you for His Kingdoms work!! Many blessings!!!

  13. I am so excited!!!! I searched and searched for good resources for Easter. Last year I used any idea you did post and was really excited when I heard you had even thought of doing one before. I am so glad God laid it on your heart to make this and that you obeyed Him. Thank you so much!!!

  14. I’m SO excited about this Amanda!! And I’m so glad that God used my podcast to urge you on. He’s amazing!!!

  15. I was just having a conversation with my mom about how little attention Easter gets compared to Christmas and without Easter, Christmas doesn’t really hold much value. I can’t wait!

  16. Excited for you and proud of you, Amanda. Thanks for putting it together!

  17. Julie Reynolds says:

    I am so excited for this Amanda! As you know my littles are grown. But I would so love to introduce this to the young mommies at our church and to my sunday school kids. I just came back from a meeting with Barbara Rainey of FAMILY LIFE and she has come up with some really great ways to help us make much of Resurrection Sunday/Easter as her heart is obviously the same place as yours. I am so excited that you have been obedient in this. I will continue to pray God’s blessings on you and this project.

  18. Yes, yes, yes!!! I have had this very thing on my heart and have been looking since Christmas ended for Lenten resources. Not much out there for the ages of my kiddos- 3 yrs. But I want to celebrate Easter in our home for all of its beauty and joy just as we do Christmas. Thank you for this.

  19. Thank you! I know that this work takes you away from your own family, so please know that there are SO many of us who appreciate all you put into it!

  20. Thank you!!!!! What a huge blessing! Can’t wait!!!

  21. Cynthia Prokop says:

    I am sooo excited! We cannot wait! Thank you! :)

  22. YES!!! Thank you! have been looking for the right tool to use to teach my children almost 3 and almost 6 the story of JESUS and the Cross but haven’t found anything right. I am so excited , we loved Tinsel!

  23. yeah!!!!! looling forward!

  24. Oh so needed. Bless you for being passionate about it!! Looking forward to seeing it!

  25. I. can’t. wait.

  26. I just ordered “The Messiah Mystery” from Barbara Rainey, but I can’t wait to get my hands on this too!! I am always looking for ways to make the holidays (ESPECIALLY Easter) Christ-centered and meaningful. Thanks in advance for your work!

  27. I CAN NOT WAIT. Thank-you thank-you thank-you!

  28. Celine Millus says:

    Can’t wait!! Thank you!!

  29. So thankful for your ministry Amanda :)

  30. I am very excited about this. You’re ministry has been a blessing for me and my 2 young girls. I know this will be thought provoking and well done! I can’t wait too get a hold of it. Praise the Lord for directing you this way and giving you the tools to do it
    :)

  31. Woohoo! Can’t wait!

  32. Melissa N. says:

    So super excited about this! Thanks for listening to the Lord in this! Can’t wait!

  33. Amanda, So excited for how God is going to use this in families around the world. Thank you for sharing THE story. I’m praying for you!
    ~Jessica

  34. I’m so excited for this, friend! And for you!!!

  35. Oh what a blessing!!! Our family is so excited!!!

  36. Thank you for this. We need more Resurrection Day resources.

  37. So exciting!!!

  38. Oh, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!! I sent you a FB message at Christmas with a picture of our Truth in the Tinsel ornaments, as I was techno-challenged and couldn’t get it on the page. Anywhoo, at that time, I mentioned how nice it would be to have a resource for Easter. Praise Jesus–that you were obedient!! So looking forward to this with my kiddos. I’ve discovered that I’m not really afraid to deal with difficult topics with them…It’s just nice to have a little extra behind-the-scenes support! Thank you!!

  39. Thank you for your blog. I LOVE it and get so much out of it – more than any other blog I follow. Looking forward to the Easter book

  40. kyleigh Coad says:

    Colin Kyleigh Coad

    Hi my name is kyleigh and im a childrens pastor in Moose Jaw Saskatchewan Canada and i love your website!!! We bought your christmas curriculam this year and it was amazing! I just recently downloaded your prayer book and it is amazing. I am preaching in out church at the end of the month and im wanting to give our families some resourses and yours are amazing! This prayer book is where i would like to start… however i would like to print mulitple copies so how can i pay you for a bulk download… we are also doing your superhero lessons at home and the kids love it! Im gonna start it in our preschool class this week! Anyway im just wanting to make sure you get the credit you deserve! Thanks in advance
    oh and so cannot wait till the easter book comes out!!!
    Kyleigh

  41. Incredibly blessed by your faithfulness, Amanda! Praying for you, for this book and all of the details. Can’t wait to share it with my kids and see them grow in their understanding and love for Jesus.
    Continually blessed by you,
    Becky

  42. Yay! I’m so excited!

  43. Yea! Yea! Yea! Looking forward to joining you this Easter to celebrate! Love your heart and desire to be intentional with your kids– you are such an inspiration to me!!

  44. I’m so excited for this! I keep checking back even though I know I will get your email about it. I am definitely planning on sharing with our MOPS group on Tuesday, we are all looking for ways to celebrate this amazing season.

  45. I purchased your ebook a few weeks ago and cannot wait to get started!! I haven’t received my download link via email yet though. I sent you an email about a week ago and haven’t heard back so I was afraid maybe it didn’t go through. I totally understand that life happens and you have a family and other responsibilities to tend to so I’m not trying to be pushy.. Just anxious to get started and curious as to whether or not my message even got to you. Thanks so much!!!

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