March 2015 Posts

Kid Talk Tuesday: Sharing the Easter Story with Children – guest post by author Kathleen Long Bostrom

Guest post from author Kathleen Long Bostrom.

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Easter is the most important day of the year for Christians. As Christians, we believe that Jesus was crucified, that he rose from the dead on Easter, and that he is alive today. Easter is the foundation of our faith.

Easter was an experience before it was an event. Those first believers who faced the empty tomb could not help but need to tell this incredible, unbelievable story. They were commanded to share this with others who were not at the tomb, to follow the command of the angel to “go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead.'”

Crucifixion and resurrection are difficult concepts to understand, for adults as well as for young children. Included in the challenge of teaching children the Easter story is the fact that sometimes, adults are uncomfortable talking with children about death. But children will learn about death and dying from one source or another (TV, friends, school) and it is best that they learn from the adults who are most important in their lives. Don’t be afraid to talk about death, to let your child guide you as to what he or she is able to handle. Remember that death is a normal part of life, not an aberration. Learning to be comfortable talking about death in our daily lives.

Use these three steps when sharing the Easter story with young children:

1. Keep it Simple

Keep it simple: Jesus died, but God raised him from the dead. This is the good news that we share as Christians. Jesus is alive now, and is our friend and Savior. Jesus will never die again – he is alive for all time. Because God raised Jesus from the dead and gave him eternal life, we, too, will live with Jesus and God in heaven after we die. Heaven is a beautiful place and there is no sadness or pain or sickness there. Heaven is our hope as believers in Jesus Christ.

2. Focus on Joy

Young children do not need all the details. Crucifixion is gory, and the details of death by crucifixion are terrifying for children. The details are terrifying for adults, too! As children grow, their comprehension becomes more sophisticated and they are able to understand more complicated concepts.  For now, it is enough to say, “Jesus died on Good Friday. Everyone who loved him was very sad. But when they found Jesus alive on Easter morning, their sadness turned into joy. Jesus was alive again, and he is alive today.”

3. Tell the Story All Year

Easter is essential to the Christian faith. It need not be told only once a year. Even during Lent, when we have forty days of penitence and preparation, we exempt Sundays from the countdown. Every Sunday is a “mini-Easter” in the sense that our focus is on resurrection and the grace of God in Christ. For that matter, every day should be Easter, for as Christians we live in the promise of Jesus always, not just on occasion. Tell the story all year long. It never grows old!

And don’t worry about including more secular traditions with children during Easter. There’s nothing wrong with coloring eggs, having Easter baskets, enjoying a chocolate rabbit or some jelly beans. As long as the focus is on Easter being the day that we celebrate Jesus, the rest of the secular traditions are not going to supersede the truth of our belief. A good way of combining the sacred and the secular is to include a “resurrection egg” in your child’s Easter basket or egg hunt. This is an empty, plastic egg, simply decorated if at all. There is nothing inside the egg, which might seem like a disappointment. Yet the egg represents the empty tomb, and the surprise and joy the women and Peter felt when they went to look for Jesus on Easter morning and instead found that he was alive again. Make the resurrection egg the most important in the Easter basket, and consider keeping it in a prominent place all year long as a reminder of our Easter joy.

 

Kathleen Long Bostrom is the author of Easter Stories and Prayers and several other books in Tyndale’s Little Blessings line. You can visit her website at http://www.kathleenlongbostrom.com/, or on Facebook or Twitter.

Opening Day Baseball Book Deals!

The opening day of the 2015 MLB season is quickly approaching, making this the perfect time to feature two excellent baseball focused books that are on sale currently. Whether you enjoy fiction or non-fiction, we have something for your in our selection.

The Wish by Jake Smith

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James McConnell’s one wish is that his nine-year-old son will finally be healthy enough to play a game of catch. Then he and his wife, Emily, receive news they’ve dreaded: Aaron’s cancer has relapsed.

As the family steels themselves for a draining treatment regimen in yet another hospital, Aaron receives the gift of a lifetime—a personal visit from one of his favorite professional baseball players—and the chance to make a bold request, his wish: to see his dad play in one major league game.

A former college standout, James fears he doesn’t have the talent it takes, even for one game, and that he’ll miss what could be Aaron’s precious last weeks. Yet how can he refuse his dying son’s wish?

Poignant and triumphant, Wish is the story of a father’s love, a family’s perseverance, and the miracles that can happen when you believe in the impossible.

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Impact Player by Bobby Richardson

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Former Yankee Bobby Richardson played alongside Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, Whitey Ford, Joe Pepitone, and Yogi Berra during one of the most prolific dynasties in baseball history, and he remains to this day the only player from the losing team ever to be named World Series MVP.

In Impact Player, Bobby shares his life story, including never-before-told tales from the Yankee clubhouse during the historic ’55-’65 pennant runs and World Series appearances. The book also features the unlikely friendship Richardson, a devout and outspoken Christian, shared with Yankee legend and renowned drinker and womanizer Mickey Mantle.

The perfect combination of faith and baseball, Impact Player offers a rare glimpse into one of the most celebrated dynasties in the history of the game, and it paints a fascinating portrait of a life well-lived and the lasting rewards that come from knowing and loving God.

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But I’m Not a Wicked Stepmother – First Chapter Download

Wicked Stepmother

Most little girls grow up dreaming of being a mom, but hardly any of them dream of becoming a stepmom. Nevertheless, approximately one million new stepfamilies are created every year.

It’s no secret, being a stepmother can be a living nightmare. But it can also be an enriching and rewarding experience—one that God can use to strengthen you, helping you survive and even thrive in the toughest job you never asked for.

Written by two women who are stepmothers themselves—and know the difficulties of helping to raise someone else’s children—this book is filled with down-to-earth insights and advice for stepmothers from stepmothers. It also offers expert guidance from pastors and counselors on such issues as roles, expectations, realistic goals, organization, finances, holidays, vacations, relationships with stepchildren, negotiation, forgiveness, healing the past, building a strong marriage with stepchildren on the scene, dealing with in-laws and ex-spouses, sexual tensions in stepfamilies, health, depression, stress, and much more.

While there is no magic formula to guarantee stepmother success, encouragement and practical wisdom are available in this much-needed resource.

 

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Visits to Heaven – Free First Chapter Download

Visits to Heaven

 

What will heaven really be like?
Today’s bestseller lists are filled with stories of those who have claimed to experienced heaven firsthand. Curiosity about what will happen after we die is as strong as ever in the twenty-first century. Yet, each book contains a different story about what we will experience in heaven.

What are we to believe? What is true?
In Visits to Heaven and Back: Are They Real? Mark Hitchcock, a respected Bible teacher, sorts out the facts. He chronicles the recent phenomenon of “heaven” books, comparing and contrasting the ideas presented in these books and revealing the discrepancies and contradictions. Then, Mark turns to the Bible, laying out clearly the teachings about heaven and experiences in this life of another world. The Bible does reveal that there is a world beyond this one, but it also contains clear warnings and amazing promises.

Discover today God’s clear and certain promises concerning heaven.

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All The Places to Go – Free First Chapter Download

places to goVery rarely in the Bible does God command someone to “stay.” He opens a door, and then he invites us to walk through it—into the unknown. And how we choose to respond will ultimately determine the lives we will lead and the people we will become. In fact, to fail to embrace the open door is to miss the work God has made for us to do.

In All the Places to Go . . . How Will You Know?, bestselling author John Ortberg opens our eyes to the countless open doors God places before us every day, teaches us how to recognize them, and gives us the encouragement to step out in faith and embrace all of the extraordinary opportunities that await.

Whether used in conjunction with the DVD curriculum or the book, this participant’s guide contains video notes, discussion questions, suggestions for further study, and ideas for practical application that will help you get the most out of All the Places You’ll Go.

So go ahead—walk through that door. You just might do something that lasts for eternity.

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