Easters is April 12th this year. Churches will be closed. Easter Egg hunts canceled, Easter Lillies and palm branches are not needed, breakfasts with the Easter Bunny and the accompanying photo session forgotten. So, this year, why not find out about Easter as part of Christian faith–either thru fiction or through the Bible. Here are some of the best-known books to bring you to the story of Christ.
Mary, Mother of God, as a solitary older woman. I have had this on my TBR since it came out. The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin,
There’s more than chariot races to this story. Hoosier Civil War General Lew Wallace’s classic story is still well worth a read. Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ.
A Roman soldier win’s Christ’s robe gambling. He sets out to seek the story behind the robe. I’ve said I’d read this for the past umpteen years. I even own a beautiful copy. The Robe by Lloyd Douglas was a best-seller in the 1940s.
The Last Temptation of Christ is still so controversial, some would call it blasphemy to merely include it in this list. I have not read it, but I did see the movie version when it came out.
The Bible. Which translation, which repackaging, which version, doesn’t matter. Read it. I’ve put The Message here because it is in today’s language. If you are unfamiliar with the life of Jesus, the Crucifixion, and the Resurrection, then start here. For a more traditional sounding text with excellent annotations, try the NIV Study Bible which even comes in a Kindle edition. Or, it’s One Year Bible version–divided into daily readings of Old and New Testaments, Psalms and Proverbs. Go to the source and decide for yourself. The Bible is a huge part of Western culture, regardless of belief. The sayings, the images, the morals, that come out of this book are the cornerstones of Western culture. Belief is a personal matter.
Can you recommend other books? Movies?
Just as Hamilton has created an interest in our country’s early history, back in the early 1970s, this Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice collaboration gave a big push to interest in Christ. The song, “I Don’t Know How to Love Him.” was played everywhere. I still have the album almost fully memorized–my older brother bought it. Many thought it disrespectful, a few even said it was blasphemous. I thought it simply amazing. Just like Hamilton, the clever turns of phrase taught me more than any Sunday School object lesson–and they pushed me to know more. Jesus Christ Superstar.
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