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- Publisher: HarperOne (March 12, 2013)
- Publication Date: March 12, 2013
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The 10 Best Books to Read for Easter: Selections to Inspire, Educate, & Provoke: Excerpts from new and classic titles by bestselling authors in the field, with an Introduction by James Martin, SJ. Kindle Edition
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This new (free) sampler of some of HarperOne's most popular new and classic books that will invite you to into an entirely worthwhile variety on the Christian message. Each selection is followed by a link to purchase the book if you are so moved.
The 1st selection is from "Together in Retreat - Meeting Jesus in Prayer" by James Martin, SJ. This selection speaks about the encounter with Jesus by the sea of Galilee.
The 2nd selection is a Classic from "Mere Christianity" by C.S. Lewis - The three parts of Morality
The 3rd selection is frim "Simply Jesus" by N.T. Wright - A new vision of who Jesus was. What Jesus did. And why it matters.
The 4th selection is from "Made for Goodness and why this makes all the difference" by Desmond M. Tutu and Mpho A. Tutu. Where is God when we fail.
The 5th selection is from "Not Less Than Everything" (Catholic Writers on Heroes of Conscience. From Joan of Arc to Oscar Romero)
The 6th selection is from "The Myth of Persecution" How Early Christians Invented Stories of Martydom. By Candida Moss.
The 7th selection is from "The Greatest Prayer" Rediscovering the revolutionary message of the Lord's Prayer by John Dominic Crossan
The 8th selection is from "Got Wants You Happy" From Self-Help to God's Help by Father Johnathon Morris.
The 9th selection is from "Will There Be Faith?" A new vision for educating and growing disciples. by Thomas H. Groome
The 10th selection is from "The Jesuit Guide to Almost Everything" A Spirituality for Real Life by James Martin, SJ
This seems like a good book with many different samplings from many different points of view on Christian subjects and opinions.
My first question was why is this book only good for Easter? Shouldn't be for all year long?
The second concern I have is that this book is more than just a sampler, it's an advertisement for James Martin, SJ. He intros the sampler, has two of his books included in the sampling and also has advertisements at the end of the book for his other works. There is no mention of the other Author's books. It seems to me to a book by him, where he got permission (I hope) to use other people's books as samplings to justify his ego.
A way to not just give good advice about Jesus and the world we live in with God's intent but it's actually a way to sell more of his books.
As a Christian this is not how I would sell my books, it seems deceptive and not Christian like.
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Intro – Don’t skip the intro! In fact, grab a pen and paper and prepare to take notes. I really liked the explanation given for why the gospel stories don’t always match throughout the bible.
Chapter 1 – Together on Retreat – meeting Jesus in prayer by James Martin, SJ
I really enjoyed this chapter and I think that I would like reading the full book. It was written in a way that makes it easy to understand and enjoyable. It focuses on forgiveness being at the heart of Christianity. I like what he had to say about how we often go back to our old habits after a God experience only to realize that we still need Jesus. I also really like the phrase “Vindictiveness is a cancer that eats away at friendships”. The chapter ends with reflection questions. All in all, very thought provoking and uplifting.
Chapter 2 – Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
We actually already own “Mere Christianity” and love it. C.S. Lewis is an amazing writer and if you haven’t read this book yet, go order it. Seriously. Well, finish reading my review first, hehe.
Chapter 3 – Simply Jesus by N.T. Wright
This chapter resolves some questions that have been raised about Jesus walking through locked doors versus being a solid entity. It seems to be a very thorough study on resurrection and you can sense how strongly the author believes. However, it read very much like a history lesson and unfortunately it lost me and I didn’t finish it. If you are into deeper study of religion and have an interest in history this book is well suited for you.
Chapter 4 – Made for Goodness by Desmond and Mpho Tutu
This one seems to focus on failures and Pride. It immediately pulled me in, but lost me when it turned very political and historical. Again, great if you are into that sort of thing, not great if you are more into storytelling and being uplifted and motivated by the written word.
Chapter 5 – Not Less Than Everything by Catherine Wolff (The Worthless Servant” by Ann Patchett)
This is another one that I would like to read in its entirety. Its focus seems to be on loving your neighbors, service to others, selflessness. It also talks about second chances and starting anew. This one filled me with hope and a desire to serve.
Chapter 6 – The Myth of Persecution by Candida Moss
This chapter talks about martyrs and how early Christianity created them. It really goes in depth about the act of making a martyr and how it affected Christians. It looked to be going into persecution (which would make sense with the title…) but I gave up on reading it. This is another one that was more historical than I would prefer.
Chapter 7 – The Greatest Prayer by John Dominic Crossan
This one focuses on the Lord’s Prayer.
That is as far as I have gotten. I do intend on finishing the book at some point, but I need a break from it. Overall I am glad that I got this book and think that it’s a great way to sample books before committing to purchasing them.
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(I already knew I loved the C.S. Lewis, but I laughed over again as I read him with new eyes, and discovered some precise logic and funny, apt illustrations by some of the other authors who were new to me. This is, indeed, quite worth the read. Treat yourself!!!!!)
Thank you, AMZreviewTrader, for gifting me with a classic. Clear thinking, honest and real-life experience, and the ability to laugh at oneself, all make this a meaty food for your thoughts.
Oh, a hint--if you want to download this on a non-kindle device, for offline reading later, you can totally save it!!!! I looked up how to save it on my chromebook and found a great, free app from the chrome web store, and I am pretty sure you can do the same for your PC or laptop. Try it; you'll like it!!
This book was just what I needed to read this Easter season.
I have read this book and liked it.
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