Archives For Easter

 

Churches in the West will celebrate Easter on Sunday, and the season of Easter will continue through Pentecost.

 

Top 10 Kids’ Easter Books

 

We offer the following recommended books on the life of the resurrection. Consider reading one or two of these during the Easter season.

 

 

  

The Resurrection of the Son of God]

N.T. Wright
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Tomorrow (March 31) marks the anniversary of the death of poet John Donne (d. 1631).

As this weekend is also Easter Weekend, we remember Donne’s death with five poems he wrote about the death and resurrection of Jesus…

 

Seven More Classic Poems
for Easter Weekend!

 

Crucifying
John Donne

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How Do We Imagine the Resurrection?

A Brief Review of 

Resurrecting Easter: How the West Lost and the East Kept the Original Easter Vision
John Dominic Crossan / Sarah Sexton Crossan

Hardback: HarperOne, 2018
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Reviewed by C. Christopher Smith

I have spent a fair bit of time over the last year, reflecting on the differences between the way that the Trinity has been imagined in the Eastern and Western traditions of Christianity (and the ways the Eastern tradition of social trinitarianism might orient us toward a deeper, conversational life together). I was therefore curious when I heard the premise of Dom and Sarah Crossan’s new book Resurrecting Easter, which explores a different issue of theological representation that distinguishes the East from the West, namely the depiction of Jesus’s resurrection.

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With Easter upon us this weekend, here is our theology reading list of books that have been helpful for us in understanding the resurrection of Jesus for the life of the church… 

 

1)  The Resurrection of the Son of God (Christian Origins and the Question of God, Vol. 3)

N.T. Wright

*** This book is only $4.99 for Kindle, through the end of April 2017

Why did Christianity begin, and why did it take the shape it did? To answer this question – which any historian must face – renowned New Testament scholar N.T. Wright focuses on the key points: what precisely happened at Easter? What did the early Christians mean when they said that Jesus of Nazareth had been raised from the dead? What can be said today about his belief?

This book, third is Wright’s series Christian Origins and the Question of God, sketches a map of ancient beliefs about life after death, in both the Greco-Roman and Jewish worlds. It then highlights the fact that the early Christians’ belief about the afterlife belonged firmly on the Jewish spectrum, while introducing several new mutations and sharper definitions. This, together with other features of early Christianity, forces the historian to read the Easter narratives in the gospels, not simply as late rationalizations of early Christian spirituality, but as accounts of two actual events: the empty tomb of Jesus and his “appearances.”

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I’ve heard a good deal of complaining recently about how they aren’t many good kids books related to the Christian holiday of Easter.  Not about spring, and cute bunnies and ducklings, but about the Easter story.

So, I set out to compile a top 10 list…

And along the way, I stumbled upon the wonderful blog, Aslan’s library, that features “beautiful and true theological books for kids.” (I highly recommend connecting with them!) Aslan’s Library confirmed a number of titles I already had on my list, and added a few more. If they have reviewed a book on the list below, I will link to their review…

 

10) Peter’s First Easter

by Walter Wangerin, Jr.

I love Wangerin’s writing, but the artwork in this book is not my favorite…
Read a review from Aslan’s Library.

 

9) Easter

by Fiona French

Read a review from Aslan’s Library.
 
 
 

8) Easter

by Jan Pienkowski

 
 
 
 
 
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These Kindle ebooks by NT Wright and Marcus Borg are on sale for a limited time…

 


Surprised by Hope
By NT Wright
$2.99(through Apr 30)

Scripture and the Authority of God: How to Read the Bible Today
By NT Wright
$2.99
(through April 21)

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Happy Easter to all our readers!

Here’s a short video of N.T. Wright talking about the meaning of Easter…

This talk is similar to his book:

The Challenge of Easter
Paperback: IVP Books, 2009
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[ READ AN EXCERPT of this book… ]

 

NT Wright’s The Kingdom New Testament: A Contemporary Translation is only $3.99 for Kindle right now!!!
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An excerpt for this Easter weekend from

The Challenge of Easter
N. T. Wright
Paperback: IVP, 2008.

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The Lent Lily
A.E. Housman

‘Tis spring; come out to ramble
The hilly brakes around,
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“Easter Communion”
Gerard Manley Hopkins
Pure fasted faces draw unto this feast:
God comes all sweetness to your Lenten lips.
You striped in secret with breath-taking whips,
Those crooked rough-scored chequers may be pieced
To crosses meant for Jesu’s; you whom the East
With draught of thin and pursuant cold so nips
Breathe Easter now; you serged fellowships,
You vigil-keepers with low flames decreased,

God shall o’er-brim the measures you have spent
With oil of gladness, for sackcloth and frieze
And the ever-fretting shirt of punishment
Give myrrhy-threaded golden folds of ease.
Your scarce-sheathed bones are weary of being bent:
Lo, God shall strengthen all the feeble knees.