In addition to our Resurrection Tree, during these weeks leading up to Easter, I like to read books and devotions that prepare my boys to celebrate Jesus’ death and resurrection. Just as we read books during Advent to prepare for Christmas, reading books that focus on Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection plows the soil of our hearts for Holy Week and Resurrection Sunday.
Below is a list of books we have read or are reading now:
The Donkey Who Carried a King: I love R.C. Sproul’s children’s books and have reviewed many of them. This one is perfect for Easter. It is the story of a donkey who was never chosen for important jobs until the day he was selected to take Jesus into Jerusalem. After this important job, he was filled with pride and became self-righteous. This story focuses on lessons in humility and points us to Jesus, the humble Servant/King. You can read my review of the book here.
Why Easter?: This is a devotional to be used in the weeks leading up to Easter. It includes scripture passages to read, songs to sing, a devotional to read as well as discussion questions. My friend Melissa, at Hive Resources, has a helpful interview with the author here.
Christ in Easter: A Family Celebration of Holy Week: This is another devotional we have used. It contains stories written by well known authors, as well as songs, scripture to read, activities, and questions. It begins with Palm Sunday and highlights the events of Holy Week.
Mission Possible: A 40-Day Adventure With Jesus: We read this book last year. This is a forty day devotional designed to help children seek and discover who Jesus is. Using a mystery solving theme, it includes activities and clues to help children investigate and learn more about Jesus and what he came to do.
Case for Christ for Kids, Updated and Expanded (Case for… Series for Kids): We are reading this one now. I loved the adult version of this book and thought my son would enjoy the child’s version. It’s focus in on the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection, looking at the arguments people have against the truths of Christ.
Do you have any book recommendations for Easter?
Giveaway: I am giving away one copy of The Donkey Who Carried a King. To automatically enter the drawing, leave a comment below. Random.org will select the winner on Saturday, March 9 at 8:00pm EST. Update: Random.org selected Carrie as the winner of the book. Congratulations, Carrie!