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.
The book is a soft-cover book and is 383 pages. There are 27 different stories in this book. Some of the stories are just a few pages long and some of them are several pages.
All of the stories in this book tie into the Easter story. I really enjoyed reading each story and trying to figure out how it tied in. In some of the stories, it was obvious from the beginning, and some it wasn't obvious until the end. Every time, I was excited when I figured it out correctly before it was revealed. I love stories that make you think. I also like how each story is from a different culture. I enjoy learning about other cultures, and reading stories from them is a great way to learn.
The first story in this book is about a white lily offered from a stranger to a grumpy uncle and his quiet nephew. They live in a broken down, old house, and the house and both of them are filthy. The stranger gives him the flower but asks him to keep it white. So, he and his nephew work hard to clean themselves and the house so that they and the house are worthy of the flower. They also change their attitudes and go from being loners to inviting the neighbors over. On the 7th day, the lily disappears, but they realize that it really still lives inside of them. This story really warmed my heart.
It says these are stories that parents and grandparents can read to their kids, but I think several of them are suited for adults and teenagers. I don't think the younger kids will get the meaning in all of these stories. However, some of them are great for younger kids. I read "The Coming of the King" with my 8 year old for a bedtime story. It was about children playing in a playground, and making it all clean and decorating it for the coming of the king. They waited all day for the king, but the only man that came along was weary from travel, so they gave him a place to sit. They told him all about the changes to their playground. Before he left, he laid his hand on their heads, and as he was walking away they noticed that when the sun shone on his hair that it looked like he had a crown of gold. My son and I loved this story. As we got closer to the end, my son said he thinks that man was the king, and he was right!
If you want to find out more about the Easter Stories, you can go to Plough.com. You can also look at their Pinterest page or Twitter.
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