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2014 Easter Books Roundup

Easter Books

2014 Easter Books Roundup

Spring is a time of rejoicing and rebirth, both in nature and in faith. In this year's Easter Books roundup, we have selected titles from a wide range of genres and authors to help you reexamine your faith and guide you through this time of reflection. And, in keeping with the cyclical spirit of the holiday, you can help others do the same. May these books assist you in strengthening your relationship not only with God, but also with those closest to you. We hope that you and your family have a blessed and joyous Easter season.

All In: You Are One Decision Away From a Totally Different Life by Mark Batterson - Religion

 

The message of All In is simple: if Jesus is not Lord of all then Jesus is not Lord at all. It's all or nothing. It's now or never. Kneeling at the foot of cross of Christ and surrendering to His Lordship is a radical act of dethroning yourself and enthroning Christ as King. It's also an act of disowning yourself. Nothing belongs to you. Not even you.

At Peace in the Storm: Experiencing the Savior's Presence When You Need Him Most by Ken Gire - Christian Life/Spiritual Growth


Bestselling author Ken Gire weaves together stories from the Bible, history, and his own life to reveal how we can find strength and encouragement through the storms of life. Experience the joy of knowing the God who is always there to reach out a hand and pull you out of the waves.

Balance: A Story of Faith, Family, and Life on the Line by Nik Wallenda with David Ritz - Memoir


Balance is the theme of Nik Wallenda's life: between his work and family, his faith in God and artistry, his body and soul. It resonates from him when performing his high-wire acts and when no one is looking. Nik is an entertainer who wants not only to thrill hearts, but to change hearts for Christ. Christ is the balance pole that keeps him from falling.

A Call to Resurgence: Will Christianity Have a Funeral or a Future? by Mark Driscoll - Christian

 

In this book, Mark Driscoll delivers a wake-up call for every believer: We are living in a post-Christian culture --- a culture fundamentally at odds with faith in Jesus. This is good and bad news. The good news is that God is still working, redeeming people from this spiritual wasteland and inspiring a resurgence of faithful believers. The bad news is that many believers just don’t get it.

Crucify!: Why the Crowd Killed Jesus by Timothy J. Stoner - Religion & Spirituality


We know all the elements of the most famous murder of all time except one: the motive. One Sunday morning in Jerusalem, Jesus' admirers choke the streets celebrating His arrival, and five days later they are in a frenzy crying out for His blood. This book addresses this inexplicable reversal and faces the question: if the current image of Jesus is accurate, if he was a model of tolerance and inclusivity, how do we explain this mass defection?

God for Us: Rediscovering the Meaning of Lent and Easter edited by Greg Pennoyer and Gregory Wolfe - Christian Living/Spiritual Growth


GOD FOR US explores the meaning of Lent, its importance in spiritual formation, its significance in preparation for Easter, and the holy season of Easter itself. Lent and Easter reveal the God who is for us in all of life --- for our liberation, for our healing, for our wholeness. They remind us that even in death, there can be found resurrection.

A Godward Heart: Treasuring the God Who Loves You by John Piper - Devotional


John Piper invites you to experience deeper intimacy with God through these thought-provoking and soul-enriching meditations. Whether you are just discovering the divine richness of Scripture or have long been a passionate student, you’ll find a deeper understanding of God and renewed insight for your journey.

He Walks Among Us: Encounters with Christ in a Broken World by Richard Stearns and Renee Stearns - Religion, Christian Life

 

We often separate ourselves from people who are different from us, sometimes even intentionally. This book is a great reminder of all the things we share in common --- hopes, dreams, heartaches --- and most important of all, it reminds us that He walks among us. All of us.

Iscariot: A Novel of Judas by Tosca Lee - Historical Fiction


ISCARIOT is the story of Judas, from his tumultuous childhood to his emergence as the man known to the world as the betrayer of Jesus. But even more, it is a singular and surprising view into the life of Jesus that forces us to reexamine everything we thought we knew about the most famous --- and infamous --- religious icons in history.

Journey to the Cross: Reflecting on 24 Hours That Changed the World by Adam Hamilton - Religion & Spirituality


Experience the final hours of Jesus’ life in new ways as you take your own journey to the cross. Based on Adam Hamilton's devotions from 24 HOURS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD, this new compilation contains added content to help readers prepare heart and mind for Easter: descriptions of Hamilton’s travel to the Holy Land, historical and scriptural content from each chapter of 24 HOURS, links to online travel videos and photographs, as well as Scripture and prayers.

Pilgrimage: My Journey to a Deeper Faith in the Land Where Jesus Walked by Lynn Austin - Memoir

 

With gripping honesty, Lynn Austin pens her struggles with spiritual dryness in a season of loss and unwanted change. Tracing her travels throughout Israel, Austin seamlessly weaves events and insights from the Word...and in doing so finds a renewed passion for prayer and encouragement for her spirit, now full of life and hope.

The Question That Never Goes Away by Philip Yancey - Christian Life/Spiritual Growth


In his classic book, WHERE IS GOD WHEN IT HURTS?, Philip Yancey gave us permission to doubt, reasons not to abandon faith, and practical ways to reach out to hurting people. And now, 30 years after writing his first book, Yancey revisits our cry of "Why, God" in three places stunned into silence by the calamities that have devastated them.

Ruthless: Knowing the God Who Fights for You by Bo Stern - Religion & Spirituality


Nothing reveals the gaps in our theology like a big, bad battle. In her first book, BEAUTIFUL BATTLEFIELDS, Bo Stern discussed the ways her family’s battle with ALS has made them stronger and more effective than they have ever been --- crediting the mercy of God and a solid understanding of His character. In her new book, RUTHLESS, Bo’s theology gets wonderfully practical as readers discover what God does for them and through them during “battles” they are engaged in.

Stones for Bread by Christa Parrish - Fiction

 

When Wild Rise bake house is featured on television, owner Liesl McNamara's quiet existence appears to be a thing of the past. And then a phone call from a woman claiming to be her half-sister forces Liesl to confront long-hidden secrets in her family’s past. With her precious heritage crumbling around her, the baker must make a choice: allow herself to be buried in detachment and remorse, or take a leap of faith into a new life.

A Story of Easter and All of Us: Companion to the Hit TV Miniseries by Roma Downey and Mark Burnett - Fiction/Classic & Allegory

From the Last Supper in the upper room to the celebration of finding an empty tomb, this beautiful full-color book chronicles the journey of Christ's death and resurrection in a way the Easter story has never before been "told." Containing extraordinary images from the Emmy-nominated TV series "The Bible," A STORY OF EASTER AND ALL OF US is a book that will take a deserved place among the finest celebrations of Easter.

Strangers at My Door: A True Story of Finding Jesus in Unexpected Guests by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove - Christian Life

 

His first followers knew that Jesus could be found with the fatherless, the widows, and the hungry and homeless. He said that he himself was a stranger, and commended those who welcomed him. If he really meant these things, what would happen if you opened your door to every person who came with a need? Jonathan and Leah Wilson-Hartgrove decided to find out.

Unquenchable: Grow a Wildfire Faith that Will Endure Anything by Carol Kent - Christian Life/Spiritual Growth


In Carol Kent's latest book, UNQUENCHABLE, readers will discover the secrets of living for something greater than themselves, improving the quality of their day-to-day relationship with Jesus Christ, fueling the fire in the lives of others, and outlasting their lives. Readers will be awestruck by how their new daily choices result in a life on fire that ignites a flame in others.

The Wall Around Your Heart: How Jesus Heals You When Others Hurt You by Mary E. DeMuth - Christian Life

 

In THE WALL AROUND YOUR HEART, Mary DeMuth shows you that you can reach wholeness and healing in the aftermath of painful relationships by following the road map of the Lord’s Prayer. You’ll walk through story after story of hurt people who are led through biblical truth into amazing, life-sustaining, joyful growth.

The World of Jesus: Making Sense of the People and Places of Jesus' Day by Dr. William H. Marty - Religion & Spirituality

 

Sometimes it’s hard to find your bearings in the New Testament, as you enter the time and place of Jesus and His disciples. There are confusing practices, new people groups, and even unexplained religious conflicts. How did it all come about? Dr. William Marty walks you through the history leading up to the arrival of Jesus in order to help you better understand His life and teachings.

The Wrong Jesus: Fact, Belief, Legend, Truth... Making Sense of What You've Heard by Greg Monette - Religion & Spirituality


In a world where atheism is a growing movement, especially in the university setting, it’s typical for students today to face doubts about the Christian faith. In fact, many have wondered at one time or another if the Bible stories about Jesus could possibly be true. Now students can join Greg Monette as he explores the fascinating basis for belief in the biblical Jesus.