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Judy Reinsma shares Easter message in "The Story of the Real Easter Bunny”

Self-published book by local author aims to bridge the disconnect between the holiday and Christian

Posted: March 16, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: March 16, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Easter, for many, signals a time for chocolate bunnies, brightly colored eggs and baskets full of treats.

For Christians, it signifies Jesus Christ’s resurrection.

Judy Reinsma, 72, saw a disconnect between the holiday and the Christian tradition and wanted to do something about it.

She decided to reach out to others with the message of Easter with her children’s book “The Story of the Real Easter Bunny”.

Bunnies and Resurrection

The idea for the book came four years ago as she thought about how many children don’t know the message of Easter.

“They love the Easter bunny, but they don’t have any idea what Easter is really about,” Reinsma said.

Reinsma was at her ranch sitting outside one evening, watching wild bunnies hop around. She figured there must have been bunnies around during the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. This inspired her to write a children’s book from the point of view of Joshua bunny, the real Easter bunny, who witnessed Christ’s resurrection and experiences Jesus’ love.

She began putting the story and illustrations together. But in 2011 when her husband died of a massive heart attack, she almost quit working on the project.

After his death she finally decided to keep working to publish the book and eventually decided to self-publish. She received her first copy of the book in January.

Today her book is available on Each page accompanied by one of the many hand painted illustrations she completed herself.

Sharing the message

Reinsma wasn’t the only one who thought the message of the book was important to share with children who don’t know about Christ. She showed the book to her pastor at the First Presbyterian Church of Newhall and neighbors who passed it on.

“This bunny helps connect the story of Easter to our gospel story,” said Bill Barnes, Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Newhall. “It’s a fun family book to reconnect the holiday tradition with its roots.”

Many other children have since read the book or heard the book read during Sunday school or story time. Twin sister and brother Rebecca and Gabriel Soto, 8, from Valencia Hills Community Church had a chance to read the book and loved Joshua bunny and the book’s message.

“I like that Joshua was curious and always into mischief,” Gabriel said. “And it was the story of when Jesus rose, but from the side of a bunny.”

“It helps kids to think about God and not just about candy and Easter eggs,” Rebecca said.

Many agree, The Story of the Real Easter Bunny offers children a comforting way to connect a secular tradition with the roots of the Christian faith. A goal Reinsma hoped to accomplish.

“I keep working on the premise that I’m doing God’s work in this world,” she said. “I felt all along it was something that would provide a blessing, a good message for children.”

The Story of the Real Easter Bunny is available to purchase on To contact Judy Reinsma email at



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