Easter 2020, hopefully the first and last quarantine Easter. With many Australians practising isolation with less things to do, why not bury your nose in something more thought-provoking. Here are 10 book suggestions intended to open you mind to the fundamentals of the Easter holiday, investigating why we celebrate, the history behind the millennia old festivity, and how The Word of God can impact our everyday lives.
- The Cross and the Lynching Tree – James H. Cone
The image of Jesus dying on the cross is especially powerful for African Americans, particularly during the period between the end of the American Civil War and the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement. Cone combines social history, theology and cultural studies whilst also featuring prominent figures fighting for justice. However, it mostly focuses on victims and how others keep their faith and question the meaning of life during a time in which so much death and injustice is occurring.
- Bread and Wine: Readings for Lent and Easter – C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton and more
Collated from the wealth of 20 centuries of text, this anthology of readings represents the best of classic and contemporary Christian writers. Its 72 short stories, poems and writings are divided into six sections: Invitation, Temptation, Passion, Crucifixion, Resurrection and New Life.
- Easter Stories: Classic Tales for the Holy Season – C.S. Lewis, Leo Tolstoy and more
Similar to the aforementioned Bread and Wine, this compilation seeks to instil the fundamental meaning of Easter onto readers. The stories vary from biblical to historical fiction, but one thing is for sure, they call capture the spirit of Easter.
- Killing Jesus: A History – Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard
Focusing more on the geopolitical and social complexities of first century Roman Judea, O’Reilly and Dugard present eye-opening historical context to the time in which the biblical figure lived.
- The Women of Easter – Liz Curtis Higgs
Higgs analyses the roles that each of the three Marys, Mary of Bethany, Mary of Nazareth and Mary Magdalene, played throughout Jesus’ life one biblical verse at a time.
- The Cross He Bore – Frederick Leahy
A short, sharp book focusing on the sacrifice of Christ.Leahy provides valuable insights into Jesus’ teachings and also offers a series of powerful meditations allowing readers to reflect on the word of God.
- The Truth of the Cross – R.C. Sproul
An excellent complement to The Cross He Bore, Sproul places a greater emphasis on teaching theology and considers the atonement from numerous angles. Concluding that the sacrifice was absolutely necessary for anyone to be saved.
- Easter is Coming: A Devotional Journey with Jesus – Christopher Greer
This study guide helps Christians remember the cross and resurrection. Combining bible passages with questions for reflection, over 47 days readers can prepare themselves for Easter by contemplating the importance of Jesus’ sacrifice.
- Pierced for Our Transgressions – Steve Jeffery, Michael Ovey and Andrew Sach
Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross has motivated and empowered countless Christians throughout the centuries. However, with an increasing number of theologians and church leaders questioning this doctrine, Jeffery, Ovey and Sach present a clear and precise rebuttal to 20 specific objections that any concerned Christian might have.
- Living the Cross Centered Life: Keeping the Gospel the Main Thing – C.J. Mahaney
Pastor Mahaney strips back the nonessentials and brings readers back to the most fundamental reason for their faith, the son of God himself.
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