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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Review & Giveaway: Tommy Nelson's Jesus Series - Easter



Easter is just around the corner! As Emma gets a little older, I wanted a way to remind her of the true meaning of Easter. Sure, the stuffed bunnies are cute, and the candy is yummy. But what about Jesus?

As parents, we do our best to keep the focus of Christmas on Jesus. But Easter is tougher for me. How do you explain to a young child the significance of Jesus dying for them and coming back to life? Do they get it? How do you deal with the violence of the crucifixion without leaving kids fearful?

Today we sat together and watched the Easter portion of The Jesus Series DVD from Thomas Nelson publishers. This DVD was sent to me by Tommy Nelson, the kids' division of Thomas Nelson. You're probably most familiar with their Hermie and Gigi God's Little Princess series. The Read & Share DVD Bible is another one of Tommy Nelson's tools to help parents introduce their kids to Jesus.

Before I watched the video, I was a little apprehensive about the violence issue. Emma is extremely sensitive. It's not that I want her shielded from the true suffering of Jesus. I just want her introduced to it in an age-appropriate manner.

This video came through for us. Not only did it share an accurate story of the last week of Christ's life on Earth, it did it in a way that let Emma know that Jesus did suffer. But it didn't scare her. She was most affected by the people yelling "Crucify him!" in the crowd scene. She wanted to know why they were mad at Jesus. Good question, little lady. And a good conversation-starter.

My hope for this DVD was that it would cause Emma to ask questions, and that's just what it did. I would encourage any of you with young kids to use this as a tool to begin a discussion about what Jesus was here for and why He had to die.

Tommy Nelson has generously offered to provide a copy of the Easter DVD from The Jesus Series for one of my readers! If you'd like to win a copy, there are seven ways to enter to win:
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The winner will be chosen randomly on Thursday, March 18 at 9:00 p.m. EST. Good luck!

Disclosure: I received a free DVD from Tommy Nelson. Tommy Nelson is also supplying a free DVD for my giveaway winner. The reviews here are my own honest opinions of the product and were not influenced by the free DVD.

30 comments:

Heather said...

I adore the 'Love Your Heart
By Tim McGraw and Tom Douglas' book. It looks so good, my daughter would love it!

heatheranne99 at hotmail dot com

Heather said...

TommyNelson Twitter follower!

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Heather said...

Blog follower!

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Heather said...

SavingAndGiving Twitter follower!

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Rachel said...

I subscribe via google reader.

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Rachel said...

I thought the book "If I Could Ask God Anything" looked like a great resource.

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Anonymous said...

I'll pick Veggie Tales: I Can Do It.
Jennifer
jennmagin(at)hotmail(dot)com

Hope said...

We already have soooo many Tommy Nelson products...but I agree that the "If You Could Ask God Anything" is something that I want to add to our collection!

Hope said...

I am a follower of your blog through Google Reader.

Blakely said...

I would like a Bible - I think that would be great for my little one and to share at church. I know mine loves watching on tv.

Ashley said...

I subscribe via RSS! :)

Rachel Wojnarowski said...

I added you as a Twitter follower! Am already a tommynelson follower. :)

Jilayne Luckey said...

I just subscribed to your emails! (Just discovered your website today and am so excited to check it out!) Also,LOVE what Tommy Nelson has to offer our children. Thank you for your review of the Easter video!

Michelle said...

The "tallest of smalls"...that would be my pick.

Holly said...

i follow your blog

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Holly said...

we love all the Hermie videos, especially Antonio Meets His Match.

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Cortney said...

I like the Bibleman Series- I'm familiar with it from working with kids at church. Thanks!

cortneyq at gmail

Amanda said...

I would like to read "I am Loved" by Sheila Walsh.

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Amanda said...

I follow Tommy Nelson on twitter.

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Amanda said...

I am a Facebook fan of Tommy Nelson.

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Amanda said...

I follow Saving and Giving on twitter as frugalmomto4.

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Amanda said...

I follow on Google friend connect.

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Amanda said...

I am an e-mail subscriber.

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Steph said...

My kids love the Hermie movies! Thanks for the giveaway!

ms0812(at)zoominternet(dot)net

Tracysweetangl said...

I like If You Could Ask God Anything! Thanks for the chance.

Anonymous said...

I love the God's Little Princess Devotional Bible and book series.

Erin
erinb1@aol.com

Laura V. said...

I really like the Read and Share Curriculum.

Laura V. said...

I'm a Tommy Nelson fan on Facebook.

Laura V. said...

I already follow you on Twitter.

Laura V. said...

I follow Tommy Nelson on Twitter.