Sharing the Easter Story: From reading to living the gospel
by Sally Welch
This is a well-structured resource for individual or group reading during Lent 2022 or later. Each day offers a Bible reading, a reflection, some questions and prayer. Studies are built into seven themes followed by an Epilogue. The seven themes are: Repenting, Forgiving, Hoping, Trusting, Sacrificing, Loving, and Changing.
Reflections are often rooted in everyday life, and the book claims to focus, and this surely is a priority for preachers, ‘what we need to do in order to share the story.’ This instruction is often couched in religious language, which would make the book difficult for those new to faith or lacking in its traditional vocabulary. For example, we are told to be open to God, trust in our calling and ‘live out the resurrection truth.’ The book is probably most useful for a group study, where such questions might be grounded. The helpful guide at the beginning of the book about how to lead a study group might offer the opportunity for new group leaders to be recruited. The method recommended is a kind of lectio divina, moving from opening prayer to a discussion in pairs or threes, to a forum - the whole group together trying to discern key themes, reflection, plenary, and prayer.
As a way of encouraging congregations to read the whole Easter story during Lent, this book might fit the bill.
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