Thursday, July 1, 2010

Patriotic Fun Fest

If you are looking for a fun, easy way to share Jesus with friends, these Patriotic Fun Fest tracts may be perfect for you. Aimed at 7-10-year-olds, they include a "From Sea to Shining Sea" maze, a presidential crossword puzzle, and a "Celebrate America" word search. They also include a short salvation message.

The message begins by talking about the blessings God has given America, including the freedom to talk about ideas, live and work and go to school where we choose, and the freedom to go to church. The message continues by quoting John 3:16, and saying "God wants us to experience the best freedom of all--living forever with Him in Heaven." The tract explains how sin separates us from God, and also explains how to "accept God's freedom" and pray a prayer of salvation.

The back page contains silly jokes, sure to appeal to children, and the Statue of Liberty as well as various flag motifs are colorfully illustrated.

What I Like: I like the gentle, but clear approach to salvation in this tract. Rather than condemning children, the tract issues a pleasant invitation for readers to join in the freedom Jesus offers.

I also like the way the tract makes it clear God's freedom through salvation is not just for people who live in America, but for "everyone in the whole world." These tracts would be perfect to give children in a Sunday church service, or Sunday school class, or to give to friends at summer barbecues.

What I Dislike: The only thing I don't like is true of tracts in general. It is sometimes easy to hand someone a tract and overlook the fact our best opportunities to witness come out of genuine, caring relationships. These tracts are well done, but I would hope readers would use them along with other means of witnessing.

Overall Rating: Very good

Age Appeal: 7-10 (The crossword and word search are fairly easy, but good for those who can read independently.)

Publisher Info: Crossway Books, 2003; ISBN #63575-72700 ; Paper Tract, $2.49/10

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