7 Books That Make Great Reads at Easter Time

Discover new reads among these 7 books that make great choices for an Easter time hunt. The books listed here, novels and non-fiction, thrillers and short stories, offer different perspectives on the themes of redemption, faith, forgiveness, or traditional values. They also address cultural heritage and love, that are central to the Easter holiday.

I hope you will discover one, if not more books that will prove a great read at Easter time and that will provide you with a meaningful and thought-provoking way to reflect on the significance of the season, and to feel renewed by exploring, perhaps, novel yet still deeper themes and ideas.

7 Books That Make Great Reads at Easter Time Ben-Hur Lew Wallace

1. Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ by Lew Wallace

This historical novel follows the journey of a Jewish prince who is betrayed by his childhood friend and sold into slavery, only to become a chariot racer and seek revenge against his former friend. Along the way, he encounters Jesus and is transformed by his teachings.
First published in 1880 (and this is the gorgeous cover of the first edition!).

7 Books That Make Great Reads at Easter Time. The Robe Lloyd Douglas

2. The Robe by Lloyd C. Douglas

This classic novel tells the story of a Roman soldier who wins the robe of Jesus in a dice game, and how his life is forever changed by the encounter. The book explores themes of redemption, faith, and the transformative power of Christ’s teachings.
First published in 1942.

non fiction The Last Week, What gospels really teach abot Jesu's final days in Jerusalem by Marcus Borg, John Crossan

3. The Last Week: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus’s Final Days in Jerusalem by Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan

This non-fiction book explores the final week of Jesus’s life as described in the Gospels, and seeks to provide a deeper understanding of the historical context and significance of the events leading up to his crucifixion and resurrection.
First published in 2006.

7 Books That Make Great Reads at Easter Time - The Passion of Artemisia by Susan Vreeland

4. The Passion of Artemisia by Susan Vreeland

This historical novel is inspired by the life of Artemisia Gentileschi, a 17th century Italian painter who became known for her depictions of strong female characters and her unique perspective on the passion of Christ.
Published in 2001.

Kathy Reichs Cross Bones, 7 Books That Make Great Reads at Easter Time

5. Cross Bones by Kathy Reichs

This gripping thriller follows forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan as she investigates a set of mysterious bones found in Israel that could potentially be linked to the death of Jesus. This adds a layer of historical and religious significance to the story.
Reichs’ background as a forensic anthropologist is evident in the attention to detail and scientific accuracy in the novel.
First published in 2005.

Tess Gerritsen Playing with Fire

6. Playing with Fire by Tess Gerritsen

This is a suspenseful and thrilling novel that centers around a mysterious musical piece that holds a dark secret from the past. It touches on the themes of love, loss, forgiveness, and redemption, making it a great choice for Easter reading.
In addition, the novel has a strong focus on music and art, which can tie into the themes of rebirth and renewal that are often associated with Easter.
Published in 2015.

7 Books That Make Great Reads at Easter Time, Dreamland historical fiction Patricia Furstenberg

7. Dreamland: Banat, Crisana, Maramures, Transylvania, 100-WORD STORIES, Folklore and History by Patricia Furstenberg

Easter time can be a wonderful moment to connect with the traditions and folklore and glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of Romania, a country of Roman origins yet deeply Christian Orthodox.
These short stories will inspire readers to reflect on themes of renewal and hope through a meaningful and enriching experience.
Published 2022.

Why consider new books to read at Easter time?

Easter is a time of rebirth, renewal, and redemption, and books that explore these themes can be especially poignant during this time. Such books can help readers reflect on the meaning of the holiday and inspire them to strive for personal growth and positive change.

Easter is a holiday with a rich history and cultural significance, and books that explore the traditions, folklore, and history of the holiday can be fascinating and enlightening. Such books can help readers understand the roots of Easter and how it is celebrated around the world.

For my family, as for many others, Easter is a time when families and communities come together to celebrate, and books that celebrate the bonds of family and the power of community can be heartwarming and uplifting. Such books can help readers appreciate the importance of connection and support in their own lives.

For many people, Easter is a deeply spiritual time, and books that explore religious themes or provide spiritual guidance can offer a meaningful study material during this time. Such books can help readers deepen their understanding of their faith and provide comfort and inspiration.

Choosing your next book depends on one’s reading preferences and interests. However, if you’re looking for a gripping or a thought-provoking book to read during the holiday, it’s certainly worth considering my list of 7 Books That Make Great Reads at Easter Time.

Reading provides a sense of escapism during the holiday weekend (or at bedtime!), giving the bibliophiles the chance to immerse themselves in a thrilling and captivating story.

What will YOU read this Easter Holiday?

7 Books That Make Great Reads at Easter Time

7 Replies to “7 Books That Make Great Reads at Easter Time”

  1. I read Ben Hur long, long time ago. Otherwise, call me superficial, but the book that made my heart beat faster was Kathy Reichs’ Cross Bones. 🙂 Playing with Fire sounds interesting as well, not to mention your own Dreamland. I know what you mean about the cultural heritage of Romania and its Orthodox roots. Easter is very important to us. I’ve just finished sending 150 Easter cards (the real deal, not e-cards) to our clients. Whew!

    1. Thank you, Jo.
      I loved Cross Bones by Kathy Reichs, but Playing with Fire by Tess Gerritsen is equally spellbinding.
      I wish you a happy and blessed Easter!

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