Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Flowering Cross by Beth Ryan

"The Flowering Cross" is a wonderful Easter story for children.  It really shows kids how they too can have an affect on the lives of others and how they can share their love for Jesus as well as his love for us.  Through Katie, Papa Jack finally opens up as his heart is filled with love for the first time.

I read this story to my children, ages 6 & 8 and they both wanted to share in the review as well.  My youngest, loved the story and thought this would be great for me to read as I teach K/1 Sunday School- especially now as we're beginning to celebrate Easter.  My son also thought that this was a very good book.  While he thought it could have been a little longer, he did not find it boring.  (His words.)  I too enjoyed the book and thought it had a great Easter message while creating a new tradition with the Flowering Cross as a way to celebrate the life Jesus gave for us and to say Thank You Jesus for all He has done for us.

There are also "Faith Imprints" and Bible verses at the bottom of several pages to refer to and discuss as you're reading the story.  While I like the references, I would rather have them at the end, but either way is great and it really makes it fun to go back and discuss to see how the kids understood the story.

I highly recommend this story for young children and will enjoy sharing this with others. 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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