Video: Telling the Palm Sunday Story in Rocks


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Patti RokusWatch this endearing stop-action video of “rocks crying out” presenting the life-changing story of Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey in the days prior to his crucifixion and resurrection. It’s produced by Patti Rokus, author of the book, He Is Risen: Rocks Tell the Story of Easter (Zonderkidz, 2019).

Luke 19:35-36 (NIrV)

They threw their coats on the young donkey and put Jesus on it. As he went along, people spread their coats on the road.

Luke 19:37-38 (NIrV)

Jesus came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives. There the whole crowd of disciples began to praise God with joy. In loud voices they praised him for all the miracles they had seen. They shouted,
    “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” (Psalm 118:26)
    “May there be peace and glory in the highest heaven!”

Luke 19:39 (NIrV)

Some of the Pharisees in the crowd spoke to Jesus. “Teacher,” they said, “tell your disciples to stop!”

Luke 19:40 (NIrV)

“I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”

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Bio: Patti Rokus, the rock lady, can’t stop picking up rocks on her hikes throughout the Pacific Northwest. Being outside used to be about the trees, sky and critters, but now it’s all about rocks, because they tell stories, which can be seen in her internationally published books and viral videos. Children and adults all over the world are recreating her art with stones and pebbles of their own – deepening their connection to God and finding peace in our busy world.

As a recovering corporate product manager with companies like Nike and Microsoft, Patti knows what it’s like to feel too busy to prioritize what matters most. So, she left it all to release her inner artist and find ways to share her love for nature and the Creator. She’s committed to helping us reconnect to our source and find greater contentment. Her speaking engagements and online presentations are filled with rock art demonstrations and stories of unexpected serendipity that has led to a very unexpected life. She is also a singer/songwriter, a Christian, and a teacher of self-discovery.

Patti says whenever she finds a heart-shaped rock, she’s sure it’s a love note from God. But when all kinds of rock shapes became irresistible, she gathered a bucket full on a solo camping trip in Montana. Later, when she spilled them out and pushed them around, she discovered the entire nativity story told by those same rocks. Those pictures turned into national book deal—A Savior Is Born. A second book emerged of rocks telling the story of the last week of the mortal life of Jesus—He Is Risen. Visit her website, Each page is frame-able but also powerfully serve as teaching tools for learning the Bible stories of Jesus and the Good News. This coffee-table books has a gorgeous embossed cover of sparkling foil and spot gloss that virtually shouts, “Open and savor the Word of God in pictures as you’ve never seen it told before. These collector’s books are the first in a series on the Life of Jesus.

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