Easter Love Letters from God by Glenys Nellist Review + GIVEAWAY

Easter can be a fun holiday that usually includes pretty baskets filled with goodies and colorful egg hunts in the backyard, but for us it's also a special time of year where we personally reflect on the life of Jesus, His sacrifice on the cross, and His ultimate resurrection. Recently, we've been blessed with the opportunity to read a beautiful book written by author, Glenys Nellist, called Easter Love Letters from God.

If the author's name or mention of "Love Letters" in the title rings a bell, it's for good reason. Throughout the years, I had previously mentioned some of Glenys Nellist's other children's books here on my blog, including a few from her Love Letters collection. Each book in the Love Letters series offers a story or collection of stories from the Bible, along with a unique feature that makes these books extra special, each page contains a personal "letter" from God, written to your child.

Easter Love Letters from God, written by Glenys Nellist and illustrated by Sophie Allsopp, is a collection of seven beloved Bible stories centered on Holy Week. This interactive Easter book includes love letters from God written especially for the young reader.

Jesus came to teach people how to love. He came to heal us from everything that hurts us, and to fill our lives with joy, hope, forgiveness, and peace. And the more you get to know Jesus, the more you’ll discover that this can be your life too.

Glenys Nellist was born and raised in a little village in northern England. Her stories and poems have been published in children’s magazines where her writing reflects a deep passion for bringing the Bible to life for young children. Glenys lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with her husband, David.

Sophie Allsopp grew up in a small English village and Hong Kong, where she particularly enjoyed living in a hotel and going to school on a tram. After studying for her illustration degree, Sophie won several awards and has now been illustrating for over 20 years. She lives in England with her husband, son, and a cat called Sadie.

I make it a priority to teach my son all about Jesus and what His life and death means to us as Christians. This is evident in our home, year round, but certain times of the year such as Christmas and Easter, present special opportunities for me to teach him. As he gets older, books like Easter Love Letters from God really help instill what this season truly means to us and how we should honor the upcoming holiday. 

The book offers the complete story of Easter using paraphrased accounts from the Bible, and is specifically broken down into seven parts:

  • King of Kings recounts Jesus' ride into Jerusalem on a donkey.
  • What Love Looks Like tells the story of Jesus cleaning the feet of His disciples.
  • The Secret Supper shares the story of the last supper where Jesus and His disciples broke bread together.
  • The Gloomy Garden tells of the moment in Gethsemane Garden where Jesus pleased with God one last time before being taken away by soldiers.
  • The Darkest Days tells of Jesus' crucifixion and events that occurred right after He passed (the earthquake and the Temple splitting in two).
  • The Quiet Cave shares the details of Jesus' burial
  • The Super Surprise (and our favorite part) shares the glorious event, which is Jesus' resurrection on Easter day.

I appreciate that there is a breakdown of each occurrence of events leading up to Jesus' crucifixion and what followed after, because it gives me a chance to have speaking points with my son about what we've just read. This also gives us two ways to use the book, one is to read it straight through as the complete story of Easter, or it could be added to a special holiday study with the option to read one section a day for an entire week. You could also use this as a study during Lent, reading one section a week and the final story on Easter day. The author made sure to include scripture references (from Matthew, John, Luke, and Mark) before each section of the book. I really like this feature, because when we're done reading each part, we can go back and read more about these events in the Bible.

 Beautiful illustrations by Sophie Allsopp are shown throughout the book,  
and do a wonderful job at also helping to tell the story of Easter.

Easter Love Letters from God follows suite with it's predecessors in this series by offering two special features. After each of the seven sections, you'll find a small section that's called God's Wonderful Words to You. This area highlights an encouraging Bible passage for children to recite, and reinforces what was just read. Of course, I can't forget to mention the attribute that really makes this series so special and one of a kind, the love letters. These are special (lift-the-flap) notes for children that are written as though they're coming straight from God. Now who wouldn't want a special love note from God?

What's written behind is a big mystery. Before opening each letter we first read one of the stories and then reflect on the verse shown in the God's Wonderful Words to You section. The little flaps are designed to look just like envelopes and are closed the whole time while doing this. I have to admit that my son could hardly contain himself, he just wants to go right to those letters. There is a blank line after the word "Dear" that allows parents to write in their child's name, which helps give each note that extra personal touch. 

The suggested age range for this book is four through eight, although younger and older children will love it just the same. I have been reading my son books from this collection since he was a toddler, and he has always enjoyed them. As an adult, I also fancy them quite a bit. The lift-the-flap design really makes this especially nice for young children, all while delivering child-friendly, yet sophisticated writing that will appeal to all ages.

With the Easter holiday approaching in a little over a month, Easter Love Letters from God would make a precious gift for children, all while offering a special way to spread the true meaning of the holiday.

I have been generously offered a second copy of this beautiful book to bless someone else with in a giveaway! Let's share the true reason for the Easter season! One winner will receive Easter Love Letters from God by Glenys Nellist. To enter the giveaway, please follow the giveaway prompts, below.

I'm happy to be taking part in a special blog tour to promote Easter Love Letters from God. Be sure to visit the next tour stop on February 26, 2018, where Vanessa Myers will be sharing her thoughts and another giveaway on her blog.