Make Room: A Child's Guide to Lent and Easter

illust. Ann Boyajian
Book, 2016, 32 pp
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While the Advent season is filled with fun and expectations, Lent can be difficult for children as it travels through frightening places, loaded with themes of self-denial and death. How can children approach this season in a way that is meaningful and not frightening?

Make Room presents Lent as a special time for creating a welcoming space for God, uniquely connecting projects to the story of Jesus. Simple and practical activities such as baking bread, having a neighbour over for dinner, uncluttering your room, and watching less TV become acts of justice and kindness, part of a life of following and imitating Christ, and a way to make room for God in our lives and in the world around us.

Rather than telling the Passion narrative for young readers, Make Room integrates themes of hospitality and self-giving that echo Jesus' ministry, Jesus' entire life. The clear and welcoming language invites children to wonder about the story, to encounter Lent with all their senses, and to experience activities in Lent as part of a life of discipleship.

Also see the related Look!: A Child's Guide to Advent and Christmas, available separately for loan.

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