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God Gave Us Easter and My First Book of Prayers ⇉ Celebrate Easter with a #Giveaway of Julian's Easter Surprise + Plush Bunny

Saturday, March 25, 2017

With April coming around the corner, Easter books are filling the shelves. Some feature bunnies and light-hearted Easter stories. Others features popular nursery stories. Still others tell the story of Jesus and the Resurrection.

Put Me in the Story has put together a collection of Easter books that feature all of these themes along with some gift set options. I wish I could share them all with you on the blog, but it would result in a lengthy review. To view them all, click here.

Today, I have the pleasure of reviewing two of these books an sharing with you a giveaway of Julian's Easter Surprise gift set (featuring the book and an adorable plush bunny).

Disclaimer: I received copies of the books for review; no other compensation was provided. All thoughts expressed are my own honest opinion.

God Gave Us Easter
by Lisa Tawn Bergren, art by Laura J. Bryant

Genres: Children's Book

My Thoughts: In simple words and illustrations, God Gave Us Easter explains the story of Easter and how God sent Jesus on Earth so that whoever believes in him receives life. It doesn't go into detail on Jesus's life, death, and resurrection. However, it is the perfect introduction to Easter themes—in particular, God's love for us and His desire to spend eternity with us.

The texture of this book is soft and comfortable to hold. If I were a child, I would love holding this book for the feeling, and I could spend hours turning the pages to look at the pictures. I loved animals as a child, and the illustrations are beautiful. You can have fun with your child counting the number of eggs you can find scattered throughout the pages and looking for places your child's name pops up. Put Me in the Story books always have fun ways of incorporating your child's name in the stories!

This is a book that I will be keeping for my future children.


"God loved us so much he wanted us to always be with him too. That’s why God knew he’d need to give us Easter.” This personalized edition of God Gave Us Easter will take your child on an adventure through the Arctic to learn how Easter came to be.

In this story, your child will become the main character, a curious polar bear cub, while Papa Bear explains that Easter is more than egg hunts and bunnies, and even better than Christmas! Personalize either the boy or girl version of God Gave Us Easter with a child’s name, photo, and a special dedication message.
God Gave Us Easter will gently guide young minds and explain all the questions surrounding this very special day of the year.

My First Book of Prayers
by Melody Carlson, art by Judith Pfeiffer

Genres: Children's Book

My Thoughts: My First Book of Prayers features 41 short and simple prayers to get young children started. Prayers cover a wide range of situations from waking and sleeping to gratitude for different gifts (like parents, sun, and food) to times of sadness and repentance . . . and that's to name a few.

I like this book not only because the prayers are short and simple but because they rhyme and are easy to remember. I can easily see parents integrating this book of prayers into their child's everyday life to teach them how God plays a role in every aspect of our lives and to remind them to come to God in prayer in any situation.

A good companion to this book would be a journal to show children how God answers our prayers.


Help your little one grow in faith with a personalized edition of Baby's First Book of Prayers. This collection of blessings features simple, illustrated rhymes about the everyday moments that make life so special. Teach your child, grandchild, niece, or nephew to greet the new day, offer thanks for friends, and settle down to sleep with a grateful heart. Your little blessing will build trust in God as they learn to approach God with each new day


What is your favorite Easter tradition?


Thanks to the publisher, U.S. readers (18 years or older) have the opportunity to win an Easter gift set to keep for yourself or to gift to a loved one. The giveaway runs until Mar. 20th at 11:59pm EST.

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