Monday, March 23, 2015

Easter Stories {Review and Giveaway}

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

About the book:

383 pg / multiple authors

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 may never have heard before. 

Illustrated with original woodcuts.

My thoughts

I was interested in reviewing this book, not because of it's title, but because I didn't know most of these stories. And I love to celebrate "Easter", or rather the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, every day, not just one Sunday in the spring, so these stories could be great to read for yourself or to your children or grandchildren at anytime. 

Here are just some of the 20+ story titles:

The Coming of the King by Laura E. Richards

The Church of the Washing Feet by Alan Paton

Robin Redbreast by Selma Lagerlof

John by Elizabeth Gouge

Two Old Men by Leo Tolstoy

The Death of the Lizard by C. S. Lewis

The King and Death by Ger Koopman

I enjoyed reading these stories and will encourage my children to read them at their leisure. One story that I appreciated was The Church of the Washing Feet by Alan Paton. I had never read or heard this one before and it was very touching. It takes place in South Africa and is a beautiful lesson in forgiveness and the desire for unity. 

Another new one to me was Two Old Men by Leo Tolstoy. It is a poignant story about putting aside our own plans and desires to simply see the people in front of us and act in love and compassion. Sometimes we think our plans are on track or even that God requires a certain thing of us, only to find out that He just wants us to breathe His life to those whose faces are in the dirt and who are without hope. This one will stick with me for a long time.

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Giveaway Details:

To enter this giveaway, simply comment with your favourite author or what you are enjoying/will enjoy about spring. Please include your email address.

This giveaway is open to anyone, 18 years or older, in the USA or Canada. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller/FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Update on giveaway: I am leaving this open one more day, as some people have apparently had trouble commenting. Please try again and I will close it at 11:59pm ET tonight (3-28-2015).

Blessings and love. xo


  1. Thanks for this giveaway! I've not heard of this book before but it looks really interesting--what a wide variety of authors. I'm not sure that I have a favorite author (too many that I love!) but I do love C.S. Lewis and Tolstoy. :) Hope you have a lovely day!

    1. Jennie,

      You are (obviously) the winner! Please send me your mailing address! You can reach me at scarlettroyce(at)gmail(dot)com. Thanks and congratulations!!!