Windows on Easter

Discovery House
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See the death and resurrection of Christ through the eyes of those who were there! A different perspective can revolutionize our appreciation of the familiar. This is what Bill Crowder does as he examines the familiar Easter story. By looking through the windows provided by some of the people who were there—Malchus, the Centurion, Joseph of Arimathea, Mary Magdalene and the other women disciples, and the disciples on the road to Emmaus—we see and feel what they saw and felt, and learn from their responses. As we enter into the events that altered the world forever, we get what we need most—fresh perspective.
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About the author

Bill Crowder, who spent over twenty years in pastoral ministry, is vice president of ministry content at Our Daily Bread Ministries. He is a contributor to Our Daily Bread, cohost of the Discover the Word radio program, and author of many Bible studies and books. He and his wife, Marlene, have five children and several grandchildren.

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Publisher
Discovery House
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Published on
Mar 1, 2011
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Pages
128
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ISBN
9781572935266
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Language
English
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Genres
Religion / Biblical Studies / Jesus, the Gospels & Acts
Religion / Holidays / Easter & Lent
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Beginning with Palm Sunday, the gospels record every day of Jesus’ life up to the time of his death and resurrection. These eight days are unparalleled in the canon of Scripture for their narrative power, their detail, and their focus. A unique synthesis of the four gospel accounts of the passion and resurrection of Christ is provided in this seamless and elegant narrative account of the Easter events, including every detail mentioned in all four Gospels, but without any unnecessary repetition or distracting references. A chapter is assigned to each of these days to facilitate devotional reading and study during the days leading up to Easter. Two chapters are added on either side of the eight days to round out the story. The book invites reader to experience the events of Christ’s passion as they happened, thus fully entering into the drama of the Easter story. More than anything, this book is an invitation to join Jesus and the disciples in walking the road that leads to Jerusalem, and to experience the events that happened there in an intimate and life-changing way. “The Week that Changed the World is especially intended for readers, such as myself, who have a hunger for Scripture, for narrative rather than merely systematic accounts of Christian thought, and who have a desire for communal celebration of the Christian mystery. It also appeals to a recent desire to read the teachings of Christ in the holistic context of the setting and plot that frame the events.” —Timothy Dean Roth
Sharing the Easter Faith with Children is theologically sound, biblically focused, educationally on target, and developmentally appropriate.

Carolyn Brown writes clearly and helpfully, with conviction and passion for what to share and how to share one's faith with children. It should be required reading for every parent, educator, and pastor who wants to communicate and celebrate the Easter faith with children.

Brown packs a lot of practical suggestions, insights, and activities into this very readable resource. I am confident children will mature in their understanding and affirmation of the Easter faith when they have been nurtured in families and congregations that take seriously what Brown offers. --Donald Griggs, author of Teaching Today’s Teachers to Teach



It is easy to share the Christmas story and faith with children. The story is beautiful and lends itself well to pageants and other celebratory events for children. It is not so easy to share the Easter story and faith with children because the message and images are complex. Many parents have trouble articulating what Easter means to them personally much less answering their children’s questions. In many congregations children are featured in palm parades on Palm Sunday, but they are not specifically planned for at other Holy Week services. When schools schedule an Easter break, many families go away and thus unintentionally bypass the whole Easter message for years.

This book explores what the Easter message can mean to children as they grow up. The author helps congregations and families share the Easter message with their children and include the children meaningfully in Lent, Holy Week and Easter observances.

Included are materials for children from birth (in the church nursery) to age 12, and reproducible pages to create a booklet for parents.

The first section of the book describes the particular parts of the Easter faith that are important to children at different ages and comments on the biblical Easter texts from a child’s point of view. The second part of the book works through the Lenten season, describing ways congregations can include children and providing program and worship plans, including:
Lenten disciplines for children and their families Ash Wednesday Celebrating Palm Sunday or looking ahead on Passion Sunday Maundy Thursday: Recalling the Last Supper Keeping Good Friday The church-sponsored Easter Egg Hunt Easter Sunday Morning Another part of the book offers help to leaders who want to share the content with teachers, parents, or committees. Also included is a comprehensive list of related resources.

This carefully researched and well-grounded, practical resource from a highly regarded Christian educator will strengthen your educational ministry with children and support parents as they shape the faith of their children.
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