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The Lenten Tree. (Southern Scrapbook).

The Lenten Tree, a book of Easter devotions by Hattiesburg native Dean Meador Smith, is the follow-up to Smith's successful Christmas book, The Advent Jesse Tree. This collection of scripture, stories, prayers, hymns, and even Easter recipes begins on Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, and walks the reader through all 40 days, culminating in the Resurrection of Christ. The book provides questions, activities, symbols, and a devotion for children and one for adults for each day that are valuable in aiding Christians of all ages to an understanding of the importance of this season. Smith's friend and fellow church member, Ginger Meador, joins her as illustrator, providing charming drawings that can be photocopied and made into ornaments for a family Lenten tree. Some of the symbols contained in the collection include things that demonstrate who Christ is, such as a rock and a vine with branches; things that represent His ministry on earth, such as a dove and a lamp; and things that symbolize the events leadi ng up to His death and resurrection, like a crown of thorns and praying hands. These examples are only a few of the visual symbols that Smith uses in the book to teach readers exactly what Easter means to Christians. Smith teaches at the English Language Institute at the University of Southern Mississippi. She and Meador both live in Hattiesburg and are members of Heritage United Methodist Church. The book is available at area bookstores, by visiting the publishing company online at, or by writing to His Lambs Company, P.O. Box 1646, Hattiesburg, MS 39404-6146.
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Publication:Mississippi Magazine
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 1, 2002
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