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Welcome Risen Jesus: Lent and Easter Reflections for Families Paperback – January 26, 2012
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
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
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This is the third book by Sarah A. Reinhard that I have read and the second devotional. And I must say it is a little gem. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Steven R. McEvoy
Such a wonderful book to teach my children about Lent! Love the daily scripture readings and prayers. This book really brought my family closer together!Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
This and the Advent version are EXCELLENT materials for families. Our kids are 2, 5, and 7, and everyone in the family (except the 2 year old) gets something out of this. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Christine
This is a great teaching aid for children. It was not to revisit the information as an adult. I will use this year after year for my children.Published 13 months ago by nicoleb
Good daily studies for children but is Catholic based. However, can easily tweak to broader Christian beliefs.Published 16 months ago by minnesotamom
Love this! We use the Advent version every year so I was excited to add this daily reading to the Lenten season.Published 17 months ago by jennifer moser