So Much Bigger than the Bunny Giveaway!

We were given a family devotional for Christmas, to do with our kids.  We’d always done family devotions (or family commotions, as we tend to refer to it as) but this book made it more structured.  Our kids absolutely loved it.  As I was looking through it one night I thought, “Hey, I could do this!”  and immediately the Lord began to impress upon my heart what He wanted me to do.

Josh and I feel that, as parents, we have a high calling from Christ.  He has entrusted us with His children, for a time, to raise them to love Him and be used by Him.  They are not ours.  I don’t know about you, but just saying that motivates me to step it up!

In 2008 we began to celebrate “Holy Week” as a family, with specific daily activities and devotions.  You may be wondering what exactly “Holy Week” is, like I did before we began our traditions.  It is the week leading up to Easter.

Each year I got more and more into it, reading about the symbolism behind specific Easter activities and I wanted to bring that to life for my kids!  I mean, what greater story of our Faith should be passed on to our kids than the one of our Savior conquering death for us!  So, that is how this book came to be.

It is a 7-week family devotional that begins the week of Ash Wednesday, which is March 9 of this year, and leads all the way up to the Lord’s glorious resurrection.  I have generalized many of the activities so that you can fit it to be age-appropriate for many different ages at the same time.

First of all, I have included a small section for parents to read to help them communicate Jesus’ death to little ears in an age-appropriate way.  Death can be a scary thing, but cannot be left out of this beautiful story of Christ’s love for us.

Each week includes:

a section for the parent to read before you get started,

a Bible verse, which is topic-related to the lesson that week,

a short explanation to teach your children where this specific lesson/activity originated,

a topic-related activity to do together (don’t worry, they are very simple and most of them require no prep work) and discussion questions.

There are a lot of uncommon words that may surface, such as, Lent, Passover and Temptation, so I created a section for you to refer back to that will help explain these things to young children.

I also have a  resource section that will refer you to other websites, giving additional activities, my blog, so you can see first-hand how we have celebrated with our own kids, and also my personal favorite, a couple of kid-friendly resurrection songs we made up with our kids!

If you think that 7 weeks is just too long for you, I have created “The Fast Track”, located near the back of the book, for those families who just want to celebrate “Holy Week.” It is laid out in a day-by-day format to give specific activities and lessons for each day of the week leading up to Easter.

Tasha is GIVING AWAY 2 COPIES this week to two Cafe Family Counter Readers!

You can be entered up to four (4) times for the “So Much Bigger than the Bunny!” Giveaway.

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Come back and let us know you’ve shared this giveaway with your friends so that you will be counted accordingly.

“So Much Bigger than the Bunny” Giveaway runs from today, February 28, 2011, through Friday, March 4, 2011. Two winners will be selected at random and announced on Saturday, March 5, 2011.

These make WONDERFUL spring gifts and can be found at  Amazon.com or Barnes~n~Noble.com

My prayer is that this devotional will be a tool for families to begin communicating about their faith together and making this Easter season come ALIVE for you and your children!

Tasha is the wife of worship leader and songwriter Josh Via, and the mother of three beautiful children.  They are in the process of adopting another little girl from Uganda.  Tasha works as a stay-at-home mom and worship leader/musician.  They reside in Raleigh, NC and she keeps up with her daily happenings of life as a self-employed wife, Christ-follower, musician and homeschooling mom on her blog at Afraid of Failing.

Lori MacMath

Lori's daily mantra includes praying, "I will take it Lord, ALL you have to give," and a commitment to live out Colossians 3:17 daily. It's her prayer that the energy that fills her spirit be with her till her dying breath! Nearly two years ago, Lori traded the sauna of the Deep South, for the snow of Chicago. After 19 years in Atlanta, Lori has bought herself a coat and some winter boots and is ready for the NEXT adventure at Harvest Bible Chapel / Chicago West. She navigates this road with her husband of 26 years and they have 3 children, ranging in age from 17 - 22. She seeks daily to be creative and use the gifts the Lord has given her. With the heart of an artist and a spirit to live intentionally missional, Lori strives daily to see Him in all that surrounds her. Encouraging women on their daily walk with the Lord is her passion! She has recently stepped out into NEW territory with her husband in the inner city of Chicago. She is on staff at Harvest Chicago West, in the Austin neighborhood, where the Lord is opening her eyes to Urban Ministry and Discipleship. Lori and her husband also have a Business as Missions endeavor that helps empower women and missionaries around the world. She would be HONORED if you'd visit Hope Products International where providing HOPE to the world through fair trade and sustainable products. Lori has served in a number of roles over the years, ranging from Camp/Leadership Adventure Coordinator, a mid week Bible club for elementary and upper elementary students in a local public elementary school as well as being on staff at her church. She is excited in this season to watch the Lord unfold HIS plans for the next step on the journey. Helping others, loving others where they are and seeing the transforming power of Jesus is at the heart of all she does. Her heart for children, women and all those on the broken road is at the core of everything she does. She LOVES playing graphically and encouraging others through visual arts, and her passion for Discipleship is at the heart of all she does. It truly inspires her and fills her spirit.

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27 Comments

  1. I LOVE this book. I ordered my several weeks back and I am so excited to start it with my children. I have decided that this will become a new tradition each year for our family. I think this is a book that EVERY fammily needs! If I win, I plan to give the copy to another family for them to share with their children.

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  2. I am looking for a devotion to do with our children.

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  3. This will be great to with the Children’s Church! My fingers are crossed!

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  4. This sounds great – please enter me! 🙂

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  5. I would love to have this! Here’s hoping!!

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  6. This sounds wonderful! Thanks for the chance!

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  7. okay you better give me 4 points! I commented, I twittered, I Facebooked and I just blogged it!
    I want this book!

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    • I facebooked it blogged it and commented! Come on giveaway!

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  8. I tweeted!

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  9. I also shared on Facebook!

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  10. I LOVE doing devotionals with the family. Always hard to find one that works for a 2 yr old, 11 yr old and 13 yr old. Would love to give this one a go and review it on my blog!

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    • And of course I tweeted as well!

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  11. This looks great! I am always interested in giving my children more of what God has to offer. Thank you for doing what GOd has asked of you and sharing it with other Christin moms who are seeking.

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    • I have also tweeted and facebooked it!

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  12. This book sounds like it will be great!

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  13. This book sounds fantastic! I can’t wait to read it with my daughter. What a great new tradition – my bloggers will love it! Thank you!

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  14. so excited about this. . .hope i win a copy for my family!!!!!

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  15. Would love to win for our GRAND-sons!

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  16. loved this devotion. we have a community egg hunt at the volunteer fire dept. we have 100’s of kids and their parents to come i hope i win so i can share this special message with them. just think how many people will be there that could possible be without the savior we serve. what a great way to win a lost soul for christ!

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  17. coming back on the last day for another chance!! hope to win! 🙂

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  18. I would love to win this book! Perfect for my 5yo:)

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  19. Hope I win. It sounds great!

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  20. I’m looking forward to this study with my son. We’ve been reading My First Easter Story but this will be a great companion to the book.

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