Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Flowering Cross - A Book Review

I recently received The Flowering Cross to review for Thomas Nelson’s Booksneeze Program.

Book Description:

The Flowering Cross is a parable for elementary age children, showing how to model Jesus’ love to others.

The story is inspired by the book, Won by Love, which is the story of Norma McCorvey ( Roe v. Wade).

The cover of The Flowering Cross is very appealing to young children.With beautiful illustrations, it captures the attention of children and portrays the loving kindness Jesus feels toward each of us as His children.  But it’s what is inside that is most memorable. This story could be about any of our neighbors, friends or family. The unhesitating hope and  expectancy that exudes from our children is just what the author wants us to enjoy. This is a good, wholesome story of a family who reaches out to love the unlovable and holds out hope, despite Mean Old Jack’s unwillingness and reputation.

Includes a few special features:

*Faith Imprints –conversational concepts with Scripture references on each page help parents share Biblical truths with their children along the way. (Scriptures from International Children’s Bible version)

*Craft instructions-to make after reading the book, or perhaps use to begin a new tradition in your family.

* There is a kit here that has various activities that go along with this book.

My Thoughts:

I would recommend this for elementary aged children, as a part of your family’s Easter or Resurrection observance. The craft at the back of the book is very simple to make. As an alternative, I would substitute the wood with styrofoam to make it simpler for smaller children to construct and help it to “flower.”

The story is both heartwarming and challenging. The model of true service and caring for others, without judgment is encouraging. I appreciated the message that children can be used by God to win others to Christ. In the end, I treasured the inspiring example of a simple faith ~the faith of a child.

Thank you to Thomas Nelson for the opportunity to review this beautiful book!
Disclosure: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review program . Had I paid for this book my thoughts would still be the same. I am disclosing this to be compliant with the Federal Trade Commission's guidelines concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising.

1 comment:

  1. I also reviewed this book! Beautiful isnt it? Welcome to blogland!


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