When given the chance to review Why Christmas? and Why Easter?, I jumped at the opportunity. As the dad of a two year old son with a little girl on the way as well, I desire to be a good steward of the responsibility God has given me to train my children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. I want to teach that that Christmas is about much more than Santa Claus and presents. I want to teach them that Easter is about Jesus and His resurrection, not bunnies that lay eggs.
Barbara Reaoch has provided me with an excellent resource to do just that with Why Christmas? and Why Easter? As I flipped through my copy of each book, I found myself impressed with the layout and design. The illustrations are also well-done. They very much add to each day's reading rather than distracting from it.
Each book is designed to be used in the four weeks leading up to their respective holidays. Each day has a reading from the Bible, some additional thoughts related to that reading, questions for discussion, a memory verse for the week, and a song for the week. Each of these different components will keep children engaged in family worship.
I appreciate that the "How to use this Devotional" page underlines the importance of actually reading the Bible rather than just the devotional material. The devotional material is intended to supplement and support the Scripture reading rather than replace it. In fact, understanding the devotional material requires that you read the Scripture passage for that day.
While my son is only two and does not completely understand everything I am saying when I read to him, I expect these two books will be a resource that I will use for many years to come. The theology is solid. The devotionals are written in a way that is easy for children to understand. And they are intended to point our attention to Christ. It is my judgment that both books do an excellent job of doing exactly that.
I was given a copy of each book in exchange for an honest review as a part of the Cross-Focused Reviews program.