The Characters of Easter

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A book review of The Characters of Easter: The Villains, Heroes, Cowards, and Crooks Who Witnessed History’s Biggest Miracle by Daniel Darling

A book review of The Characters of Easter: The Villains, Heroes, Cowards, and Crooks Who Witnessed History's Biggest Miracle by Daniel Darling

Stars: *****

Moody Publishers (2021)

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links.

Summary: Meet the unlikely people who witnessed history’s greatest event. At Easter, the Son of God took on the world’s sin and defeated the devil, death, and grave. How is it, then, that history’s most glorious moment is surrounded by fearful fishermen, despised tax collectors, marginalized women, feeble politicians, and traitorous friends?

In The Characters of Easter, you’ll become acquainted with the unlikely collection of ordinary people who witnessed the miracle of Christ’s death and resurrection. Enter their stories and ultimately draw closer to Christ Himself as you encounter His Passion through their experiences. Take a journey back to first-century Palestine and walk in the shoes of legendary people like Simon Peter, Judas, Pilate, John, Mary Magdalene and others.

This book provides a fresh approach to the Lenten season and can be used as a devotional or study for both individuals and groups. Once you’ve learned about the characters of Easter, meet those who witnessed the birth of Christ in the companion title The Characters of Christmas.

Characters of Easter

This is one of the best Christian books about Easter I’ve read. It’s always good to reread the parts of the Bible that feature the death and resurrection of Jesus around this time. However this book will offer an additional means of study.

It will allow you to read and think about the other people who were there in a new light. Judas wasn’t just a betrayer. Thomas wasn’t just a doubter. Pilate wasn’t exactly who you thought.

I plan to reread this book every Easter if I can. If not, than maybe every other. I think it really helps you understand what happened and why it had to happen that way.

After the introduction, each chapter features on a specific person or people. In order: Peter, John, Judas, Barabbas, Pilate, Thomas, Pharisees/Scribes/Sadducees, Women at the Tomb, Nicodemus/Joseph of Arimathea and the Executioners/Romans.

Highly Recommended.

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