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Guest Post with Lee Ann Mancini Author of God’s Easter Miracles

Many children eagerly anticipate waking up on Easter morning to see a basket full of colorful Easter eggs, shiny wrapped candy, chocolate bunnies, Peeps, jellybeans, and perhaps even a toy. As a young child, I remember excitedly waking up to find a basket like this waiting for me every Easter morning. Although I knew Jesus had something to do with this holiday, I did not fully understand the significance of His death and resurrection.

Some parents do not teach their children about the Easter Bunny; others celebrate the Easter holiday alongside the long-standing tradition of the Easter Bunny. How can we find a balance between the two and ensure our children appreciate the true meaning of Easter? We should explain the importance of Easter to them as believers in Jesus. Tell them Easter is a celebration of Jesus and not the bunny in the basket. Children have a great capacity to learn new things at an early age. Take comfort in knowing that their ability to learn is far greater than any limitations we as parents face in our ability to explain complex concepts.

We can help our children understand the real meaning of Easter without forcing them to give up their fun childhood fantasies. After all, we don’t give up our Christmas trees at Christmas. With that in mind, here are some fun activities for the Easter season that can help you explain Jesus’ death and resurrection to your young children:

  • Teach your children the jellybean prayer.
  • Bake resurrection cookies.
  • Make resurrection rolls.
  • Dye resurrection eggs.
  • Have an Easter egg hunt. Leave a few plastic eggs empty as an opportunity to remind your children about the empty tomb.
  • Put chocolate crosses in your children’s Easter basket. Many candy manufacturers sell religious themed Easter candy.
  • A very fun activity is Egglo’s Glow in the Dark Easter Egg Hunt, which helps children “see the light of Jesus.” It includes a storybook and DVD.

My newest book release, “God’s Easter Miracles,” is a unique Easter story that will help your children learn the true meaning of Easter while teaching them to have love and compassion for others!

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ABOUT LEE ANN MANCINI:

Lee Ann Mancini’s desire is for children to begin to know and love Jesus from an early age. This passion led her to seek out books for her own children that portrayed an active relationship with Jesus in a relatable way. She knew communicating God’s truth through captivating words and compelling illustrations is a crucial part of establishing that foundation.

An adjunct professor at South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary, Mancini holds a master’s degree in Christian studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School as well as Knox Theological Seminary. She holds a board position with the Florida Authors and Publishers Association and the Alexandrian Forum and maintains memberships with organizations such as the Christian Small Publishers Association and the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. Mancini is an active member in her local community, visiting schools to share the Adventures of the Sea Kids series with children, as well as speaking to women’s groups about the redemptive power of the Gospel represented through the types of brides of the church. Learn more about Mancini and the Adventures of the Sea Kids at glmpublishing.net.

 

 

Review of Parables by John MacArthur

eBook Review Gal Book Review of Parables by John MacarthurJohn MacArthur is a pastor, teacher and author, with over four decades of ministry experience. In “Parables: The Mysteries of God’s Kingdom Revealed Through the Stories Jesus Told”, Mr. MacArthur studies the parables of Jesus to explain and further highlight God’s messages.

This book is by no means a breezy read.  Clearly, a great deal of research has gone into detailing each of the parables included in the Bible. Some readers might find the book somewhat dry, as this book comes across as a study aid for ministers and other religious leaders. There’s an abundance of information for readers to absorb and taking notes as you go is probably in order.

I found “Parables” interesting, yet somewhat tedious. I will most likely go back and reread the book at a later date when I have more time to thoroughly grasp each concept a little better.

4 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton

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Review of 52 Little Lessons from A Christmas Carol by Bob Welch

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens has always been one of my favorite stories of all 52 Lessons from A Christmas Carol by Bob Welchtime. Who wouldn’t like to be comforted by the notion that anyone can change at any point in their life? Even a grumpy curmudgeon like Ebenezer Scrooge is capable of seeing the error of his ways and of making a miraculous transition with the assistance of four sage and caring spirits.

Bob Welch has taken the basis of A Christmas Carol to insightfully list 52 inspirational lessons readers can learn from this charming classic. There’s something for everyone in the pages of this book. Regardless of what you might be struggling with in your life at any given moment, I’m certain just about anyone will find value in Mr. Welch’s “lessons”.

52 Little Lessons from A Christmas Carol is most definitely a faith-based book. The author refers to Biblical scripture throughout, when laying out his lessons. Therefore, I would consider this book a Christian devotional, suitable for anyone looking to get closer to God, and to live a happier and more Christian-based life. It would make for wonderful church group literature, to be used by adults and children. Families should appreciate reading this together during the Christmas season or at anytime throughout the year. Highly recommended!

 

5 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton
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Review of Semi Serious by Charlotte Stone

Charlotte Stone had been a teacher for almost two decades when she decided to make a Semi Serious by Charlotte Stonesudden and dramatic career change. After a casual conversation with her truck driver son-in-law, Charlotte spontaneously decided to go into the trucking business as well. After enrolling in training school and getting hired on by a company, Charlotte found that her new life provided a great deal of quiet time – time that she used to reflect on life, and to get closer to God and her faith. In Semi Serious, Ms. Stone talks about just some of what she learned while out on the road.

Semi Serious is a short book, yet it’s packed with a variety of uplifting, engaging and encouraging content. The author tells of her life on the road in a practical and easygoing style, which I enjoyed. She adds a great deal of interesting information about what it’s like to be a female long-haul trucker in a male-dominated industry. Ms. Stone also adds some lovely poetry, photos, scripture and devotionals. But at the heart of this book is the importance of finding and keeping one’s faith, regardless of the roadblocks that might be put in front of us.

It’s clear that Charlotte Stone is a devout woman of faith. However, I didn’t find Semi Serious to be preachy or overly “religious” at all. Ms. Stone reminds us of the importance of keeping our hearts and minds open to God daily, no matter how challenging and unexpected things may seem at the time. It’s all part of His individual plan for us.

Some of the stories included in this book touched my heart and spoke to me and for that, I’m grateful that I had the opportunity to read it. Semi Serious is a beautiful testimony of one woman’s strong faith and personal walk with Jesus, but with a definite unique twist to be sure. I highly recommend it!

5 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton

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Review of Five Years in Heaven by John Schlimm

Five Years in Heaven: The Unlikely Friendship that Answered Life's Greatest QuestionsFive Years in Heaven: The Unlikely Friendship that Answered Life’s Greatest Questions by John Schlimm

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

John is in his thirties and at a crossroads in his life. A chance encounter with an elderly nun, who’s also a ceramic artist, leads him to seek answers to questions about God, life, forgiveness and other important questions. He returns to the Sister’s workshop over a period of five years and the two form a friendship and a bond of teacher and student.

I had such high expectations for this book. I read the glowing reviews, as well as the critical reviews and decided to make my own conclusions. As a child, I was raised a Catholic and the idea of a nun as a mentor, life coach and teacher was appealing to me. Yet, I found Five Years in Heaven somewhat tedious – for me, it fell short of what it could have been.

John Schlimm’s writing is overly and unnecessarily elaborate. Much of his descriptive passages could have been greatly simplified. Sentences like, “I felt another weight lifted from my shoulders. A fresh, toothsome breeze through the screen door baptized the moment,” sounded false and contrived to me. In fact, I felt that much of the flowery prose weighed the book down needlessly. It would have been so much better if the author had allowed the wisdom of Sister Augustine’s words speak for themselves. She came across as a wise and loving tutor and someone I would love to have met.

And, speaking of Sister Augustine’s words, throughout the book I wondered how the heck the author was able to recall years-old conversations word for word. Was he taking notes? Did he rush home after each “session” to jot things down? If not, then my concern is this leaves too much room for unintentional story embellishment after the fact.

Then there were the endless cat anecdotes. The passages describing the adorable antics of Blitzen the cat went on for far too many pages. This was more fluff than substance and didn’t seem to serve any real purpose.

Five Years in Heaven wasn’t a bad book. It depicts religion (specifically Catholicism), and having an optimistic attitude in general, in a positive light and that’s always a good thing. The book’s subtitle, “The Unlikely Friendship that Answered Life’s Greatest Questions”, seemed a bit of a stretch. However, I feel that the wisdom and positivity shared by Sister Augustine make it worth reading this book.

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The Little Rainbow Book Tour and Review

The Little Rainbow Book Tour

The Little Rainbow, by Cassie Lloyd, makes a long-awaited stop on the eBook Review Gal website. There’s a 5 Star book review included. Please check it out 🙂

Review of The Little Rainbow by Cassie Lloyd

The Little RainbowThe Little Rainbow by Cassie Lloyd
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In The Little Rainbow, we follow the story of the Earth and all of her magnificent beauty. On one hand, the Earth was happy with her many wonders, but on the other, she was lonely because she had no one to talk to. Her loneliness led to sadness until the great rains came – so much rain that she asked God to send something to stop it. She waited a long time, until finally God sent the Little Rainbow.

This book is a new take on a biblical story that many of us are familiar with. In Genesis, God sends Noah a promise in the form of a rainbow. The Little Rainbow is a more simplified version of the biblical story, making it geared perfectly towards young children. I could see The Little Rainbow used in Sunday school as a valuable tool to teach children about God’s love.

The one thing I would like to have seen is larger pictures. Although the story definitely does not rely heavily on pictures, from experience I know that little ones enjoy following along via photos and drawings.

I would recommend The Little Rainbow to Sunday school teachers, parents and caregivers. This is a lovely story with a timeless message!

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