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A Family Guide to the Biblical Holidays: With Activities for All Ages [Paperback]

By Robin R. Sampson (Author) & Linda Pierce (Author)
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This giant resource gives an an extensive look at the nine annual holidays: Passover, Unleavened Bread, Firstfruits, Pentecost, Trumpets, Day of Atonement, Tabernacles, Hanukkah, Purim, and the Sabbath.

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Learn the teaching method God uses to teach His children. The ultimate hands-on Bible lessons Teach your children the way God instructed the Hebrews to teach their children-with annual events telling the story of His people and the coming of Jesus. This giant, 585 page telephone-size book gives an an extensive look at the nine annual holidays: Passover, Unleavened Bread, Firstfruits, Pentecost, Trumpets, Day of Atonement, Tabernacles, Hanukkah, Purim and the weekly holiday-the Sabbath Having this book at your fingertips is like having a library on the Bible holidays This book includes information that will fill ten books: one on each of the seven holidays in Leviticus, the Sabbath, plus Hanukkah and Purim, and tons of information about the importance of our Hebrew Roots. You'll use this book over and over for year to come

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Heart of Wisdom Publishing
Pages   584
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.99" Width: 8.18" Height: 1.21"
Weight:   2.99 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2001
ISBN  0970181604  
ISBN13  9780970181602  

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Comprehensive and User-Friendly  Nov 29, 2006
The Family Guide to the Biblical Holidays is well-written, informative, and user-friendly, especially to those new to study of Hebrew roots of Christianity. The only place I see room for improvement is in the reproducible pages; some of my pages don't seem to be printed very clearly.
A Gold Mine! A must have it!  Sep 12, 2005
This book is like finding a gold mine. We have been using it for home school and my husband (pastor) also uses it to teach about the Holidays in our ministry. The activities offered for children are simply wonderful and easy to follow.

I love how the authors explain both the Jewish traditions, biblical references both OT and NT and the Messianic meaning,are incorporated in it. I also found that the authors were not pushy about you having to do everything by the book. They leave so much room for you to think and make up your mind about things, allowing the Holy Spirit to guide you through.

Another plus for this book, are the gold nuggets of truths about Christian history that you never hear it in church (somewhat sad!) Its explained without being negative and putting it down. I found the explanations about the Holidays very biblically and historically accurate. We as Christians have been robbed of our true roots and the beauty of God's Appointed Times.

There are innumerous resources and links in the book.

We have celebrated the spring Holidays for the first time this year and looking forward to the Fall ones.

I did not find the size of the book a problem as someone else mentioned below.

Like I said this is a gold mine and its worth every penny invested in it.
As the title says, it is a "Family Guide"   Dec 17, 2004
If you are coming around to understanding the extrabiblical nature of the Roman feasts, you're probably looking for a way to wean your family off of those dialectical, pagan/Christian festivals. Perhaps your spouse isn't "on board" yet because you're both unsure of how to break it to the kids without leaving them feeling deprived.

Or, maybe you're a "Sunday school" teacher looking for a way to teach your young pupils about the seven "Feasts of the Lord" from a Christian perspective.


The book starts with a general calendar for the year and a simple, yet comprehensive, explanation of the calendar. Then, each feast is presented in order.

At the head of each festival's chapter, a concise and well written explanation of the feast is given. These descriptive sections are well suited for the adult teacher and provide enough information to provide a solid basis for teaching. These sections are perhaps even suitable for students with a 5th grade reading comprehension level (about the age when most of the books activities will start to seem juvenile). The bulk of the rest of each festival's section is devoted to projects and games that are probably more geared for elementary-aged children. This is what makes it a "family guide."

If you are looking for a more detailed exegesis of the Feasts of the Lord, there are other books and websites available. But, I think every family or teacher should have this one on hand.
Excellent for Homeschoolers, Others Look Elsewhere  Jul 28, 2004
This very thick book will give you the information you need to begin celebrating the Biblical holidays at home. Written primarily for Christians, it gives background on traditional Jewish observance as well as Messianic interpretations for believers in Yeshua.

I had three problems with this book, which is why I rated it only 3 stars. One was the somewhat amateurish layout - it was clearly self-published - which made some pages difficult to read. Another was the sheer bulk of the book. This is a large-format paperback and is very unwieldy to read. I needed to sit at a table! The last was price. The price is perhaps reasonable given the size of the book and printing costs, but it's an awful lot of money for information that is much more economically presented elsewhere.

If you are just looking for a practical, concise introduction to the holidays, including music and craft suggestions, I'd recommend you get Barry Kasdan's _God's Appointed Customs_ and skip this book altogether. However, if you are a homeschooling family that enjoys unit studies and you agree with the Heart of Wisdom philosophy, this book is a must-have and the price is probably justified, as the studies go across the whole curriculum and could easily fill a whole year.
I almost didn't buy this book based a review saying it included Jewish traditions that were not Biblical. HOWEVER there were so many good reviews I did invest in it. What a great book! The author does give the Jewish traditions of each holidays but it is very clear which ones are Biblical and which are customs. The real focus of the book is how the Holy Days point to Christ! I was blessed by this book over and over. Very easy to understand chapters. Great background infromation on Hebrew roots. It also includes an 16 page Hagaddah you can copy for family use. I will use my book over and over--worth every cent!

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