What gives meaning to our lives? How can we live a life shared with others? The seasons of Lent and Easter are traditionally times to reflect upon such fundamental questions as these. In this gentle, reflective book, Jane Williams encourages us to make space for reflection and, in so doing, to draw closer to God. As she moves through Lent to Good Friday and Easter, the author explores themes such as food, power, love, anger, fear and complicity, compassion, and waiting. In each chapter, she blends personal story, spiritual reflection, and quotations from scripture or other sources to offer an imaginative and powerful way into the meaning of the season. Illustrated throughout with fine art, Approaching Easter is a beautiful and rewarding seasonal companion.
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I disagreed profoundly with some of the theology, but when I began the book I was pretty sure that this would be the case; I'm well aware that I'm in a different theological tradition to the author.
The first half of the book would get a 5/5 - but I don't think that I can justify giving it such a high rating when, no matter how well it is written, it makes theological statements which I believe to be flawed. But then, to what extent is it fair to penalise a book simply for propounding conclusions with which you disagree? On the basis that there's some justification for so doing when the disagreement is over the theology of the cross and the book is about Easter, and therefore the disagreement is pretty central to the whole thing, I'm going to rate it as 4/5 with the additional observations that it is very well written, and will probably have more appeal if your theology is broadly Anglo-Catholic. And that it does us all good to read things we disagree with from time to time.