Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Book review: Easter Stories- Classic Tales for the Holy Season

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I feel like I blinked my eyes on New Year's Eve and suddenly we're in Spring and Easter is just around the corner.  Crazy! My family is gearing up for a fun Easter weekend- egg hunts, church and dinner with the family. But, although I'm fine with my kids enjoying Easter as a fun time, it's so important for me to make sure that they understand the seriousness of what happened on Good Friday and what the resurrection on Easter Sunday means as well. We recently received a book that's full of stories designed to shine light on the meaning of the Easter season. Here's a bit about it, from a press release that I received:

Everyone who believes Easter is about more than Easter egg hunts will be grateful for this new anthology of short stories that illumine the true meaning of the season. Selected for their spiritual value and literary quality, these classic tales capture the spirit of Holy Week and Easter in a way that will captivate readers of all ages. Parents and grandparents will find that children love to hear these stories read aloud, year after year.

Easter Stories includes time-honored favorites from world-famous storytellers such as C.S. Lewis, Leo Tolstoy, Selma Lagerlof, Oscar Wilde, Elizabeth Goudge, Maxim Gorky, Ruth Sawyer, Anton Chekhov, and Walter Wangerin – as well as many you’ve never heard before. Illustrated with original woodcuts.

This book is stuffed full of stories! They vary in length, from a few pages to 50 pages, with most falling somewhere in the middle.  I enjoyed reading the stories for myself and thought they had good messages of sacrifice and love and faith and the role of suffering in life. However, most of the stories are a bit heavy for my kids, who are currently 5 and 7 years old. Still, it's a good collection to have on hand to pick and choose from as they get older. Happy reading!