Appropriate for these audiences:
Written for those with limited language skills. It uses EasyEnglish which is suitable for children, teens, ESL speakers and people who do not read a lot.
Designed to give away:
This booklet is very affordable. Bought in bulk, it is priced less than a cup of coffee—cheaper than a Christmas or Easter card. It is ideal to give away in large numbers. A church can hang one on every door in a neighbourhood without breaking the budget!
Like other GoodSeed tools, this book explains the gospel in a chronological manner from creation to the cross. This 80-page booklet is priced so that it can be given away in large numbers. Churches can present these booklets to visitors or they can be given out at concerts or church programs—especially at Easter or Christmas events. Individuals can also give the booklet like a gospel tract to family, friends and neighbours.
Using full-colour illustrations and carefully controlled text, the core message of the Bible is explained in simple-to-understand English so that even someone who uses English as a second language can gain a clear understanding of the message.
Note: A variant of this booklet is The Story that Matters. It is a 64-page booklet with identical text, but uses expressive line art instead. It is also titled for use outside of the Christmas and Easter seasons.
Perfect for the young, those that have English as their second language, and those who have trouble sharing their faith.
"As part of the missions committee, we first purchased the books for children at Christmas and Easter time outreaches. The use was expanded to the International Student ministry, since we found that it was simple enough for a foreigner to understand. We have realized that it also makes the best gospel tract that we have yet purchased. Besides the affordability, the Creation to Christ message made the whole Bible and the gospel very clear, even for older Christians who have trouble verbalizing their faith. Even they had an "aha" moment reading through it!"
- Linda Mellen, Secretary, Missions Committee
EASTER - What is it? (French)
CHRISTMAS - What is it? (French)
Chocolate and crosses and eggs and tombs. What is this Easter thing?
A boy used Easter as a natural opportunity to give each of his classmates a copy of What are Christmas and Easter All About? A man does the same with his friends on Facebook. (Read the story on our blog.)
A musician, a Christmas concert and a little book
A church holds a Christmas concert and hands out copies of What are Christmas and Easter All About? to everyone who attends. (Read the story on our blog.)
From domestic helper to missionary
A church uses What are Christmas and Easter All About? to train domestic helpers how to share the gospel. (Read the story on our blog.)
Assumptions: Assumes reader has little or no prior knowledge of the Bible.
Chronological: Begins with the creation of the universe, and then, progressing sequentially through key Old Testament stories, it moves into the New Testament to reveal the meaning of the cross and the tomb. The main story of the Bible is tied together into one universal, all-encompassing drama. The content is brief so a reader can complete the book in approximately 45 minutes.
Objective: Allows the Bible to speak for itself in presenting the good news of the Lord Jesus Christ. There is no arm-twisting to believe. The message is presented objectively; the decision to believe or not to believe is left to the reader.
Fully illustrated: Uses colour paintings by gifted artist, Ian Mastin, to bring the gospel story to life. (See ianmastin.com)
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