For the past few years, we have been recommending Laura Alary’s Make Room: A Child’s Guide to Lent and Easter. My daughter’s godparents gave it to her for her (Lenten) birthday and we love it. I’m so thankful for Alary’s clear and lyrical explanation of Lent and Holy Week. And I appreciate that it simplifies Lenten plans: you can essentially use this book as a guide for all your family activities during the season.
Because I think it’s so helpful, I contacted Paraclete Press to see whether they would be interested in giving away a copy on our blog. I’ve never done this before, so I was thrilled that they said “yes.” You can just comment below before next Tuesday to be entered into the giveaway.
I wrote a recommendation of this book two years ago. Here are a few excerpts:
“In the book, Alary sets out a map for Lent, explaining in simple but lovely prose that Lent is for “making time,” “making space,” and “making room” for the kingdom of God in our everyday lives. She connects the seasonal rhythms of the natural world and the liturgical rhythms of the church calendar. The illustrations by Ann Boyajian are subtle and evocative, very appropriate to the subject matter.”
“I also really appreciate the overview she gives of Holy Week, explaining the darkness of Good Friday (and its liturgical traditions) in a way that is appropriate for children and yet reverent. And, when Easter finally comes, I hope that we able to conclude along with the book: “We have made time. We have made space. We have made room. We are ready now. We are different. Everything is different. The whole world is new! It is Easter Morning!”
Comment below to be entered in the giveaway (And, if you have one, include a Lenten reading suggestion for children or adults.)! And, not necessary to be entered but very much appreciated, please share with a friend! We’ll close the giveaway on Tuesday, February 26, at midnight (EST).
Giveaway is now closed.