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Sarah A. Reinhard is a Catholic wife, mother, and writer living in Ohio. She writes at SnoringScholar.com in the midst of rural farm life with little ones underfoot. Sarah is a regular contributor to CatholicMom.com, AmazingCatechists.com, Faith and Family Live.com, CatholicFoodie.com, and the Catholic Writers Guild blog. Her subjects range from parenting and family life to Marian reflections. A convert to Catholicism, she struggles (like so many others) with keeping sight of her faith in the midst of everyday life.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Liguori (January 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764820745
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764820748
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.3 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #750,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sarah Reinhard is a Catholic wife, mother, and writer living in Ohio. She writes at SnoringScholar.com in the midst of rural farm life with little ones underfoot. A convert to Catholicism, she's still learning what to do and when to do it, and she struggles (like so many others) with keeping sight of her faith in the midst of everyday life.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Fitz on January 27, 2012
Format: Paperback
Sarah is a friend of mine*, and when I saw the cover for this book, I thought, "Well, I'm sure it's very nice, but probably not my thing." I was wrong. Wrong.

What you get:

-A daily meditation on a short Gospel passage. Down-to-earth, no-nonsense Catholic spirituality of the type you get from the best of seasoned parish priests. Written to kids, so read-aloud-able from about five and up, and maybe 4th grade and up would be comfortable using this as a devotional on their own. But the advice is sound for grown-ups too -- I'm giving a copy to my mother-in-law who usually buys one of the made-for-adults devotionals, now that I've seen how good it is.

-A suggested act of charity for the day. Write a thank-you note, gather up old toys and clothes to donate, something like that.
-A suggested act of penance for the day. Drink only water, sleep without your pillow, don't complain all day long.
-A short prayer. Very grounded in real, normal-people spiritual needs -- for those of us who want to be better Catholics, but maybe we aren't so brilliant at it all the time.

The penance, prayer, and charity are all drawn straight from St. Therese and the Little Way. I don't mean copied, but rather, Sarah has very obviously made that part of her life as a mom, wife, and writer, and it shows through. I think that's why this is such a good book.

Also, I love the changing penances. I probably couldn't do any of them for 40 days, but for one day? It would be something I could try.

Having read the entire book, my family is planning to use it this Lent as the heart of our Lenten devotions.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ellen Gable Hrkach VINE VOICE on March 22, 2012
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Welcome Risen Jesus is Sarah Reinhard's second book and follows the same easy-to- read format of her first book (Welcome Baby Jesus: Advent and Christmas Reflections for Families).

In the introduction, Sarah writes, "This booklet will help you and your family focus each day on the three pillars of Lent: prayer, fasting and almsgiving."

Welcome Risen Jesus offers reflections for Lent and Easter (up to Divine Mercy Sunday). Each day has a think, act, pray section, although this version also includes a paragraph entitled "Fast." Each page lists a pertinent Scripture passage.

A few examples from the "Act" sections: "Do you have lunch money or some saved allowance? Give all or part of it to a food pantry or soup kitchen," or "Wash the dishes or help with the cleanup as much as you can."

The Fast sections include suggestions such as: "Give your dessert -- or the favorite part of your snack -- to someone else," of "Don't eat between meals today," or "Do a chore you hate without mentioning you hate it or calling attention to the fact you're doing it."

This is a beautifully written and illustrated book. The fact that it is geared to both parents and children is what I love most about it. Both parent and child have a unique opportunity to grow in faith during the Lenten season.

I have enjoyed using this booklet with my family and I highly recommend it to all families who wish to grow in faith during the Lenten season.

Ellen Gable Hrkach
award-winning author
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By PJGirl09 on February 25, 2013
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I bought this book hoping for something new, interesting and meaningful I could do with my children during Lent and this book gave me more than I could imagine. My kids are 6 and 3 and the concepts and activities in this book, while excellent for older children, are also excellent for us. (True, my 3 year old can't grasp all the concepts but he can benefit from reciting the prayer with us and learning to set aside some time for God each day.)
There is a very brief scripture quote for each day. A child-friendly "think" point about the scripture that really brings it to an interesting and relevant level for kids. Next is an "Act", a simple, prayerful activity for a child to do. For example: "Put a cross in your pocket today. Whenever you touch it or feel it it there, say a prayer for a special adult in your life."
Then there's a "fast" - an act of sacrifice for the day such as "put aside one of your favorite toys and do not play with it all day".
Finally, each page concludes with a simple prayer.
Although appropriate for children, it can also help adults who are struggling with Lent as well. The simple, practical ideas can be put into practice by people of all ages.
This book is an excellent resource for Catholic families who want to grow in faith together. The appealing format and graphics of the book make it enjoyable for kids to use as well. I am so happy with this book. Will definitely be getting the author's Advent book as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa H. Jones on April 5, 2012
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Sarah Reinhard provides families with an aid in preparing our hearts for Easter. In Welcome Risen Jesus: Lenten and Easter Reflections for Families Sarah gives an exercise for each day of Lent that keeps our focus on the 3 pillars - prayer, fasting and almsgiving during this long season. As she explains - "spending forty days... in penitential mode is challenging," and hopes this book will keep us engaged so we deepen our faith life as a family during the long Lenten season.

Each day through Lent and into the first week of Easter, we are given a "Think, Act, Fast and Pray" action with direction. The actions are simple yet meaningful when placed with a reflection and prayer for the day.

For example, on Tuesday, the first week of Lent, the Act: Recognize someone who has put God first with his very life by writing a thank-you letter or making a thank you card for a priest in your life. Fast: Give up playtime to do at least two helpful chores around the house. Pray: Jesus, show me how I can serve you better and make you number one in my life.

Welcome Risen Jesus shows children and families how they can put Lent into action in their day-to-day lives in a applicable, engaging and age appropriate way for young children. This extremely helpful Lenten resource will help make Lent more meaningful for the whole family as you approach and enter the Easter season.
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