Thursday, April 10, 2014

Try it Thursday & Review {The Sacrament by John Bytheway}

Today on"Try it Thursday & Review," I'm happy to introduce another amazing book for children called,
 
The Sacrament by John Bytheway.
 I know I've had a lot of books from Deseret Book but I'm pretty sure the books are for my own benefit. I feel blessed everyday to have such amazing sponsors.

 
Don't you just love the cover? I sure do. It is bright and cheerful.

 
The illustrations are amazing!


 
 About: 
 
It's understandable that some children appear bored or distracted during sacrament meeting. Many young Latter-day Saints are probably unsure about the true meaning of the sacrament and why we attend. With this in mind, bestselling author John Bytheway has composed a delightful poem (inspired by a short poem by Walter H. Horne) to help Latter-day Saints young and old appreciate the ordinance of the sacrament. In particular, children will learn what they should be thinking about (and not be thinking about) during this sacred time as well as what the sacrament can do for all of us. Beautifully illustrated by Nathan Pinnock, this thought-provoking story about a young boy and his grandpa is a gentle reminder about the importance of remembering the Lord Jesus Christ, especially during this special meeting meant for Him.

About the Authors:

 
John Bytheway is an instructor at the Brigham Young University Salt Lake Center. He served his mission in the Philippines and earned a master’s degree in Religious Education at BYU. He has published dozens of books and audio programs and lives in Salt Lake City with his wife, Kimberly, and their six children.

Nathan Pinnock studied at Utah State University, the University of Utah, and Atelier LeSueur in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration at Brigham Young University. Between years of school, Nate served a mission in Frankfurt, Germany. He illustrated books and magazines for fifteen years and now spreads his time between his illustration, sculpture, fine art, and teaching. He is a creator. His paintings and books can be found in galleries, businesses, and homes across America. Nate lives in Holladay with his wife, Alison, and kids.

In my opinion:

My goal for the year is to have family home evening every week no matter what. Family home evening is a program to "help families strengthen bonds of love with each other as well as provide an atmosphere where parents can teach their children principles of the gospel." I decided to share John Bytheway's book, The Sacrament as part of the lesson. Although it was hard for my three year old to sit and listen to the story, he enjoyed the illustrations. Of course, the illustrations were beautiful and some made me laugh out loud. Some reminded me that we aren't perfect, we are just trying our best. We go to church to partake of the sacrament and to renew our covenants. I loved how Bytheway included the symbols of the sacrament at the end of his book. The purpose of the sacrament is to remember Jesus throughout the week and follow his perfect example. I know I will read this book many times to my family as I try to teach them about the gospel.

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