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Monday, May 25, 2015

Review: "Easter Stories"

Easter Stories:  Classic Tales for the Holy Season is, as the title suggests, a collection of stories which are largely oriented to the theme of rebirth, resurrection, and metamorphosis culled from such well-known authors as Lew Wallace, Leo Tolstoy, Walter Wangerin, Jr., C.S. Lewis, and Oscar Wilde.

The collection is compelling and an interesting selection, especially with Oscar Wilde, who I don’t think of as a Christian.  The theme is more important than the authors of this collection.

This is a collection to read alone and to read aloud with family – hopefully to the end of discussion leading to the hope of the resurrection that believers have in Jesus.

I would suggest reading this collection slowly and savoring it.  There is much to enjoy and ponder in these stories.

If I were to delete one from this collection, it would be Clarence Jordan’s “Stories from the Cotton Patch Gospel.”  While I appreciate the creativity of putting the Gospel stories in southern colloquialisms, I find myself being concerned that this text will be read and not the Bible itself, which could lead to confusion about the meaning of the text.

This is a collection well-worth owning and sharing for generations.  The caveat would be to make sure that the Scripture is also read throughout the generations.

[This review appears on my blog and at  I received a copy of this book free from Handlebar Publishing and Plough Publishing House in exchange for the review.] #EASTERSTORIES

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