It’s Holy Week! Both the best and worst of humanity rolled up into one short week. The greatest love story of all time culminates next weekend – amid a flurry of bunnies, eggs, and remembrance of the holiest of days.
What’s your favorite part about Easter?
My least favorite part this year is that my sister is moving next weekend, though not on Easter itself. I love getting together with my mother-in-law and her husband, my son took his first steps on Easter a few years ago (those were hard fought steps, too), and this year my third daughter’s birthday is the day after. But mostly, I remain amazed that the King of the Entire Universe would send His son, that His son would willingly, come to give His life to save mine. Mine! I’m beyond not worthy. I know this. He knows this. He knew this before the foundations of the earth.
And He did it anyway.
Let that soak in for a minute…
I know we’re a book blog, but one of my family’s favorite songs is How Many Kings by Downhere. You can find the lyrics here. I imagine it will top my playlist all week – and possibly be put on repeat ;). Seriously – if you’ve never heard it, check it out. The video of them singing live in Mankato, MN is here. It’s a Christmas song, but oh, so relevant at Easter, too.
And we’re a contemporary inspirational romance blog but I have to mention a book I read last year that meets only the “inspirational” part of our usual criteria.
Tosca Lee wrote an incredible book called Iscariot: A Novel of Judas. She digs deep inside the mind of the man most often regarded as the world’s greatest traitor. It’s a tough read in many ways because this is the man who betrayed the Savior, but I guarantee it will make you rethink your perception of Judas. Ultimately, you may not change your mind, but she’ll challenge you. I won’t delve into it too much here, but if you do want to see my thoughts, I reviewed it on my personal blog last year.
This past week was a great one here on InspyRomance!
Monday, Laurie Tomlinson hosted Hillary Manton Lodge talking about her book A Table by the Window.
On Tuesday, Gail Sattler talked flowers – namely daffodils!
Beth Vogt popped by on Wednesday and asked for your help plotting her novel!
Thursday, Lorraine Beatty talked about old romance movies, from the 1930s and 1940s.
Heather Gray spent Friday talking about what kind of lover she, and others, can be – do we love people the way we want to be loved?
And Saturday Kathleen Y’Barbo helped us dance our way down the aisle with Janice Thompson and her new release, The Dream Dress.
Monday: JoAnn Durgin
Tuesday: Kristen Ethridge
Wednesday: Staci Stallings
Thursday: Deb Kastner
Friday: Closed for GOOD FRIDAY
Saturday: Melissa Tagg
News & Notes
- Jennifer Slattery’s debut Beyond I Do is now available for pre-order. Congrats, Jennifer!
- CONGRATS to Carla Laureano! Her novel, Five Days in Skye is a double finalist for the RWA Rita Awards (best first book and inspirational).(PSSST! It’s $2.83 for Kindle right now! Go get it!)
- JoAnn Durgin’s Second Time Around (book 2 in her Lewis Legacy series) is on sale for $0.99 April 2-8. The first book, Awakening, is $1.99.
- Pilgrimage of Promise by Cathy Bryant is on sale for 99 cents April 11-13, then $2.99 April 14-16.
- Valerie Comer is giving away a digital copy of Raspberries and Vinegar OR Wild Mint Tea atHallee Bridgeman’s blog. Ends April 15.
- Cathy Bryant is giving away 2 digital copies of Texas Roads. Ends April 30.
Don’t forget – every comment you leave gets you entered for an Amazon card this month!
Have a great week remembering our Savior!
Stacy Monson says
LOVE that song, Carol. Thanks for sharing it – I hadn’t thought of using it to focus on Easter but I will now. Easter is by FAR my favorite “holiday” but it’s true meaning gets such little attention.
Andrea Cox says
I like to think of Easter as Resurrection Day. It represents the true meaning of the holiday. It takes the focus off of the bunnies, eggs, and candy, placing it back on the empty tomb and Jesus’ overcoming of evil. He bridged the gap between heaven and earth, death and eternal life for us. So appreciative and unworthy. I’m very glad he makes us whole through salvation. Otherwise, none would reach heaven. So blessed to be counted one of his children.