I like tradition. There are special things we do each year that I pray my children will remember forever and share with their own children one day.
We've made Resurrection eggs to tell the Easter story in a very hands-on way and have baked Resurrection Cookies (a special hollow cookie that walks you through the Scripture of the Easter story) to bring it to life. Dyeing eggs is a family favorite -- at least a dozen per person -- and special egg hunts are a given.
This year, we are adding specially decorated Sparkle Eggs to our holiday celebration -- a perfect reminder of GOD's GRACE and MERCY. An idea born out of the new children's book, The Sparkle Egg, this delightful read is the perfect complement to our family traditions.
About The Sparkle Egg -
Easter is coming, and Sam loves Easter. But this year, he is upset about a lie he told his parents. Even though he apologized and they forgave him, Sam can’t shake the feeling that he is a bad kid for what he did. Meanwhile, his parents help him make a special Easter craft called a Sparkle Egg. His mom tells him to write anything he feels sorry about or ashamed of on a piece of paper and put it inside his Sparkle Egg.
On Easter morning, when he opens his Sparkle Egg expecting a surprise, Sam finds that it is empty! His parents explain that because JESUS died and rose again, we are FORGIVEN. Like the tomb that first Easter Day, Sam's egg is empty—and Sam’s wrongdoing is completely forgiven. Once he accepts this forgiveness fully, Sam realizes a truth: we can sparkle and shine with GOD’s light when we let GOD’s gift of GRACE into our hearts. This touching story will strike a deep chord with readers of all ages, and the Sparkle Egg tradition will help readers and their families grasp the totality of GOD’s perfect GRACE -- and isn't that what it's really all about?
The Sparkle Egg was written by Jill Hardie and illustrated by Christine Kornacki. Together, Jill's words and Christine's pictures offer an engaging story for children to experience. This 32-page hardcover book (with protective jacket) measures 10 x 10 and is sturdily constructed for years of family reading. I know we will be reading through its pages for quite a long time.
Perfect for children (and adults) of all ages, The Sparkle Egg is a book that traditions are made from. I know you will lovingly pass down this legacy for generations to come as you prepare to #ShareAMoment with your children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
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Jill Hardie’s first book, The Sparkle Box, ignited a new Christmas tradition that helps center Christmas in the true joy of the season. Now Jill is hoping to touch lives with a new Easter tradition with The Sparkle Egg. She lives in North Canton, Ohio.
Christine Kornacki illustrated the highly acclaimed The Sparkle Box. She has a love for painting and a knack for bringing stories to life. Christine received a BFA in illustration from the University of Hartford and spends most days painting in her studio, which adjoins a charming café in New Haven, Connecticut.
I have the opportunity to giveaway one copy of The Sparkle Egg to one of you, my friends. If you would like to own a copy of this book for yourself and your family, simply leave me a comment below sharing one special Easter tradition at your house. (For extra chances to win, please like this page on FB and/or follow my blog through GFC or Linky Followers. Leave a separate comment that you did those for additional entries into the giveaway.) I'll be choosing one winner on Friday, March 28, 2014. (In plenty of time for you to #ShareAMoment of your own this Easter.)
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