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Saturday, March 13, 2010

The Flowering Cross

The Flowering Cross
by Beth Ryan is a new Easter book for children.

Katie's family ministers to a cranky old neighbor by showing the love of Jesus to him over a long period of time. One Easter Katie invites “Papa Jack” to church. Surprise! Papa Jack says yes.

Because of the love and commitment to minister to crabby old Jack, he was able to see the love of Jesus in this family,and wanted it for himself. Katie's church decorates a cross with flowers as part of the service. The flowering of the cross has been traced back to the 6th century. It is an especially striking and beautiful way to symbolize the new life that emerges from the death on Good Friday. I never knew of this tradtion. I really like it. Directions are included to make a small table top cross for your own family or to give to others.

This is a touching story that you can share with your children to teach them that just loving people can soften their hearts and prepare them to accept Jesus into their lives. Some people are only an invitation away from Jesus!

By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one to another.” John 13:35 and Galatians 5:14 “For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Thank you Thomas Nelson for providing this book in exchange for my honest review.

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