A Jesus Easter: Explore God’s Amazing Rescue Plan by Barbara Reaoch is an interactive family Bible study that walks you and your kids through the Easter story from Genesis on. Each entry includes a corresponding Bible reading, thoughtful questions to get you talking with your kids as well as an interactive space for your child to respond to the reading—such as drawing a picture or writing out a prayer. 

I loved the questions included with each day’s reading. This could definitely also be used for a wide variety of ages; my children are 5 and 9, and because of their shorter attention spans, we were never able to get through all the questions. This makes it possible for you to pick and choose the questions that work for your kids.

One thing I would have loved is if the book was bigger or spiral-bound to make writing in it easier for little hands. This is set up as a single-use book, rather than one you’d buy and use over and over again, however, if you visit the publisher’s page, you can print out additional activity pages to use for extra kids, or to use for future years!

All in all, I enjoyed the conversations this book sparked for me and my kids as we inch toward Easter and being prepared for the joy and awe of that day!

Find a copy of A Jesus Easter by Barbara Reaoch on Amazon.

Many thanks to The Good Book Co. who provided a free copy to me to facilitate this review.

Almost a year ago, I sent my first queries for Clubhouse and Clubhouse Jr. to Focus on the Family. It was such a thrill when, after working with the editors for a month or two, I submitted this fun quiz inspired by one of my favorite parables of Jesus and heard that they accepted it! Now, it’s finally here and out in print!

In Matthew 13, Jesus talks about the different soils and how each one affects the seeds that are planted there: One type of soil will not grow anything because it is too hard. Another soil will sprout the seed, but thorns and weeds will squelch it out or a lack of roots will prevent it from withstanding the harsh sun. Only fertile soil will allow the seed to sprout grow and flourish, eventually yielding a harvest. 

This quiz is a fun interpretation of that parable by using some real life examples to allow young readers to imagine how this parable might play out or show itself in their own lives. Of course, there is no right or wrong answer, but hopefully it is thought-provoking for them as they consider the inner-workings of their own faith!

You can find this quiz featured in the March 2022 issue of Clubhouse magazine from Focus on the Family, on pages 12-13.