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!