Not your average book about Easter and Jesus’ death and resurrection, The Flowering Cross by Beth Ryan is a book which demonstrates how we can show the love of Christ in our every day lives. The book is centered around a young girl named Katie who lives next door to an older gentleman known in the neighborhood as a mean man.
Though Jack is not very kind, Katie and her family (Mom, Dad and older brother) show him kindness on a daily basis- bringing him baked goods, helping to clean his yard and caring for him when he is sick. They basically “kill him with kindness” and their Christ-like love for him eventually leads him to have a change of heart.
The author included “Faith Imprints” on almost each page- questions for you to discuss with your child along with an accompanying bible verse.
The book is good, but does not really have anything to do with Easter in my opinion. It would have made a great story without claiming to be Easter-related. It is definitely a book that I will share with my daughter when she is older, though and I would recommend it to other parents as it provides a great teachable moment for kids.
You can purchase The Flowering Cross on Amazon.com.
Disclaimer: I received this book for review by being a member of Thomas Nelson’s Book Sneeze.