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The Gift of Lent

The Gift of Lent

My sons and I like to build Lego projects together. My 7-year-old is into big projects that are intricate and involved—the more pieces, the bigger the accomplishment. My 2-year-old is more into abstract Lego art—a few blocks here and a few there, and boom, it’s a lion, a sword, or whatever you can imagine. But one thing they both enjoy is building a tower, and seeing how high it can get before all the pieces crash to the floor. And inevitably, they do crash. They might not even get the chance to topple on their own because my 2-year-old Soren really enjoys playing the part of a human wrecking ball!

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Stations of the Cross – Just released!


I’m very pleased to announce that our latest product, Stations of the Cross, has been released and is available for immediate purchase and download.

Here’s the description:

You can’t dance at the after-funeral party unless you have been to the funeral.

You can’t truly appreciate the glory and color and music of the resurrection unless you have felt the hard cold stone in front of the tomb.

Stations of the Cross is a book of thirteen creative and dramatic lessons that will take participants into the last moments of Jesus’ life. Those who venture into these words will smell the sweat. They will feel the blood roll down his back. They will be taken to the dark place within their own souls and be invited to leave all that baggage behind in the tomb.

Utilizing scripture, dramatic readings, and thought provoking questions, Steve Case provides a unique approach to curriculum that can easily be customized for individual or group use.

Stations of the Cross is a downloadable product, so you can buy it and download it right now.

Want to check out a free sample? Click on this link: [download id=”22″]

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Lent hits the street

lent-squareYesterday was a big day for The Youth Cartel as our biggest book title yet, Lent, started shipping.

If you haven’t heard of it, here’s a taste of the book from it’s description:

This little book is a guide…a help…a companion on the 40-day journey of prayer and Christian practice known as Lent. On this journey, you’ll practice the disciplines of addition, subtraction, and introspection so that you may more fully participate in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

This is Lent.

And we take this journey because we all need resurrection.

And here’s a little bit about Erik Willits, the author:

Youth pastor and event speaker Erik Willits serves as the student minister at Christ Church Anglican in Plano, Texas. Drawing from his 10+ years of student ministry, Erik finds creative ways to engage students and young adults in scripture, liturgy, and the rhythms of abundant life. Whether speaking at a retreat or teaching his weekly middle school Bible study, Erik is passionate about cultivating lifelong disciples. The Chicago native currently resides in Texas with his wife, Andrea, and two kids, Jack and Reese.

I love it when the FedEx truck pulls up, I cut open the box, and I get a first glimpse at the final product. A book becomes a book because of a great team. And this particular book had a great team from beginning to end. From the author, to the publisher, to the editorial team lead by Anne, to layout, and even the printer… everyone came together to make a solid devotional for teenagers. 

Of course, when the FedEx truck arrives it also means something different for me and my kids: It’s time to pack orders! Yesterday afternoon we printed all of the packing slips, paired them up with their respective products, and packed lots and lots of envelopes/boxes. (Matt, our USPS letter carrier is also part of the team as he comes to pick up all of our orders.)

For those who pre-ordered, I certainly hope your students love the deco. And for those who haven’t yet purchased their copies, you might want to hurry as we’re nearly sold out of our first print run. We actually ordered the second print run today!