When I heard about the book Easter Stories- Classic Tales for the Holy Season I was intrigued. A whole collection of stories, 383 pages, based on the true reason we celebrate Easter as a Christian- wow! And the authors! Tolstoy, Dickens, Wilde and more. Now THIS sounded like a book we could add to our tradition of reading as a family during the holidays.
Table of ContentsBe forewarned, this is not light reading. It is an anthology of short stories that go beyond a bunny and colored eggs. Each of the 27 stories were selected for their spiritual value and focus on the Holy Week and Easter. Some stories are shorter than others, but make no mistake about it, this is some serious reading. With a few exceptions, this is not a book that you can easily sit down and read a story out of in one night. Be ready to spend some time with it. It is pretty hefty, but it is geared to be a multi-generational book.
Our family realized we cannot get read every story each Easter season, but we are slowly working our way through. There are a few stories that are too intense or academia for our younger son, age 7. For that reason, I would encourage you to read the stories alone at first to judge whether or not your young children are ready for the subject matter. There were two in particular that we chose not to read aloud because I did not agree with the theology behind them.
Stories tell of hope, of love, sacrifice, redemption and God's love. But many are wrapped up in allegory or other literary techniques. Be ready to have some pretty serious discussions on what some of the stories mean and how they apply to us!
As Easter approaches, I encourage you to enjoy the upcoming spring weather (it is coming, I am sure) and find time and new ways to point your family to the One who gave it to us! Have a blessed and beautiful Easter!
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