The giveaway is now closed. Congratulations, Cathy!
Compared to the proliferation of Christmas-themed titles, the availability of books about Easter is sparse. As we noted last year, many of them focus just on Passion Week or try to justify the use of eggs and bunnies as part of the celebration of the suffering, death and resurrection of Christ. There just isn’t much solid truth for Christian families to meditate upon during the weeks leading up to this very important holiday.
Barbara Reaoch addresses that void with her latest book Why Easter? It is a four-week family devotional guide including Scripture reading, exposition, truth to meditate upon, questions about the reading, memory verses, and a hymn of the week to learn. There is recommended discussion not only about the devotional, but also about phrases from the memory verses and hymns being learned. I appreciate Mrs. Reaoch’s thoughtful efforts to explain the significance of important events leading up to the Resurrection, beginning with the account of Mary, Martha and Lazarus and ending with Christ’s ascension.
This book would benefit from more professional illustration. To be honest, the pictures didn’t impress me (and I noticed two minor inaccuracies). A frustrating trend in Christian publishing is that the most wonderful Truth about God, shared in a way that is meaningful for children, is often not accompanied by more beautiful artwork. This may not bother some, but I do desire greater excellence in all aspects of Christian literature that is offered to our little ones.
However, because there are so few books that celebrate Easter in such depth, this is a helpful resource. It probably works best with ages ranging from 6 to 12, as participation and comprehension levels will vary. It would also be helpful to know that while three of the suggested hymns to learn are well known (“When I Survey the Wondrous Cross,” “Man of Sorrows,” and “Up From the Grave He Arose”), the fourth was not familiar to me until I looked it up in a hymnbook. Those who use the red Trinity hymnal will have the words and music to “Thine Be the Glory.” For those who do not have that hymnal at home, the tune is “Maccabeus” and can be found online.
We have a giveaway!
Simply leave a comment below and you will be eligible to win a copy. Because Why Easter is a four-week study, the giveaway closes Wednesday the 26th at midnight so I can get the book in the mail quickly.
Thanks to the publisher who provided a copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.