Children's books for Lent '23

Children's books for Lent '23

Sarah Savage, director of Children’s Ministries

Lent is a wonderful time of spiritual growth for families. It is a time of learning about the ministry, life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ. These books are a great resource for devotions and activities for the 40 days of Lent and can be purchased through Amazon. Families can do a devotional each evening and include the activities during the week.

The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross by Carl Laferton

This beautifully illustrated hardback book, “The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross” by Carl Laferton and illustrated by Catalina Echeverri, takes children on a journey from the garden of Eden to God's prefect new creation. Through an engaging Bible overview, children will discover that 'because of our sin, we can't go in' but because of Jesus' victory on the cross, an even better garden awaits us.

Faithful Families by Traci Smith

Anyone who helps children grow in their faith will appreciate this hands-on resource designed to help children through the Lenten season. Featuring meaningful practices, activities, and prayers for the Lent and Easter season, “Faithful Families for Lent, Easter and Resurrection” will engage children of all ages.

Jesus and the Very Big Surprise by Catalina Echeverri and Randall Goodgame

Jesus is coming back–and when he does, there will be an amazing party! In this adaptation of Luke 12:35-38, Goodgame explains that the Lord didn't say exactly when his return will happen, but we can make sure we're ready by loving him and his people.

Jesus Rose for Me by Jared Kennedy

Every Easter, we celebrate that Jesus Christ is more powerful than death. But what does that mean for your little one? “Jesus Rose for Me” helps toddlers and preschoolers understand the true, Christian meaning of Easter in a personal, memorable way. This board book is a part of “The Beginner’s Gospel Story Bible” series. For children ages three to seven, this beautifully illustrated book begins with Palm Sunday and ends with Easter, when Jesus rose for us. Children will learn that Jesus Christ is our king, and that everyone who trusts in him is part of his forever family.

Make Room by Laura Alary

Lent can be a difficult season for children. Unlike Advent, which is filled with delightful anticipation and growing light, Lent is a journey through dark and frightening places. “Make Room” presents Lent as a special time for creating a welcoming space for God by weaving together episodes from the life of Jesus with a child's reflections on how these stories can shape their own choices and actions throughout the season.

The Way to the Savior by Jeff and Abbey Land

Bring the family together to reflect on the importance of Christ and the true meaning of Easter! This 40-day devotional explores and celebrates eight aspects of Lent: forgiveness, hope, trust, thanksgiving, love, commitment, obedience and Jesus' last days. Filled with Scriptures, discussion questions, fun activities, and prayers, it will become a keepsake and annual tradition.

The Wonder of Easter by Ed Drew

Celebrate the limitless wonder of Easter with this flexible, easy-to-use family devotional. Walk together through Luke's Gospel to discover why the account of Jesus' death and resurrection is the most amazing story ever told. Includes 34 days in seven weeks of devotionals for the Easter journey.

About the author: Sarah Savage is the director of Children’s Ministries at First Church. She joined staff in 2019 and has many years of experience in children’s ministries. She and her husband Jim have four children and are members of the church.

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