Monday, March 23, 2015

Easter Stories- Book review and giveaway

We love traditions in our house.  While we tend to blow off some of the lesser holidays, (my apologies to the leprechauns and cupids) we are big into ones like Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter.  We have certain meals we fix for each, certain decorations we pull out year after year, and certain books we read as a family that point us to the real reason we are choosing to celebrate.  Well, the certain books have been slightly lacking during Easter.  When the kiddos were younger we read a few Peter Rabbit type books, and even fell into a few Easter Bunny books even though we did/do not "do" the Easter bunny.  I felt convicted that we should direct our kids to more God centered stories, but honestly have had a hard time finding many.

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 Contents

  • Jane Tyson Clement The White Lily
  • Laura E. Richards The Coming of the King
  • André Trocmé How Donkeys Got the Spirit of Contradiction
  • Alan Paton The Church of the Washing of the Feet
  • Clarence Jordan Stories from the Cotton Patch Gospel
  • Selma Lagerlöf Saint Veronica’s Kerchief
  • Lew Wallace The Way to the Cross
  • Selma Lagerlöf Robin Redbreast
  • Ludwig von Gerdtell The Atonement
  • Maxim Gorky The Flaming Heart of Danko
  • Elizabeth Goudge John
  • Hans Thoma The Legend of Christopherus
  • Sara Cone Bryant Robert of Sicily
  • Leo Tolstoy Two Old Men
  • Ivy Bolton The Golden Egg
  • Karl Josef Friedrich The Case of Rachoff
  • Ruth Sawyer The Deserted Mine
  • Anton Chekhov The Student
  • Claire Huchet Bishop A Dust Rag for Easter Eggs
  • J. W. Ooms The Barge-Master’s Easter
  • Walter Wangerin Jr. The Ragman
  • Kirk Wareham Easter Under a Park Bench
  • C. S. Lewis The Death of the Lizard
  • The Brothers Grimm Mary’s Child
  • Ger Koopman The King and Death
  • Oscar Wilde The Selfish Giant
  • John Masefield From The Everlasting Mercy
Be 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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  1. I could always use a new book to fill one of those empty spaces I cleaned :)

    1. I should have written in the disclaimer that my 34 weeks friends were not eligible! heehee


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