Christian Books To Read For Easter

Christian BooksTo Read For Easter

Easter is right around the corner! It's the perfect time to read a book that reminds us of what Easter is really about. Jesus gave his life for us so that our sins may be forgiven. He came back 3 days later to remind us that he will come again one day. 

To celebrate and remember the true meaning of Easter, check out these books to read:

The Case For Easter by Lee Strobel

Of the many world religions, only one claims that its founder returned from the grave. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the very cornerstone of Christianity. But a dead man coming back to life? In our sophisticated age, when myth has given way to science, who can take such a claim seriously? Some argue that Jesus never died on the cross. Conflicting accounts make the empty tomb seem suspect.

And the Angels Were Silent by Max Lucado

As Jesus entered His final days and faced Golgotha, He acted with loving purpose and deliberate intent. Each step was calculated. Every act premeditated. And the Angels Were Silent allows you to enter and observe a revealing and intimate view of our Savior's last week.

Come Alive - a 30 Day Devotional Journey

Come Alive will inspire readers of all ages and backgrounds to celebrate the journey of this special season through devotions based on Jesus' sacrifice, death, and resurrection, and how it all applies to areas of our lives that need to come to life through his grace. There is also a section of readings and suggested activities for celebrating Easter as a family.

Ideals Springtime

When spring returns this year, so will Ideals, with a new springtime edition to celebrate this season of hope. Bursting with color and life, this compilation of beautiful writings paired with full-color photographs and artwork will inspire readers after a long winter. Authors and poets such as Pamela Kennedy and Eileen Spinelli reflect upon the joys and wonders of spring: the first blooms, fresh April showers, lengthening days, and warming temperatures that lift the spirit. Poetry and Bible selections celebrate the cherished family traditions and spiritual significance of the Easter holiday. This collection of prose, poetry, quotes, and favorite recipes invites the season into our hearts and homes. Springtime Ideals 2018, a fresh addition to the 74-year Ideals tradition, will appeal to all whose eyes and hearts watch for signs of spring and find joy in its arrival.

The Women of Easter by Liz Curtis Higgs

With unforgettable insights and powerful life application for today's women, Liz Curtis Higgs delves into the biblical text to help us view Easter through the eyes of three women named Mary, each of whom has a life-changing encounter with Jesus: Mary of Bethany, who prepares the way for the Lord’s burial when she anoints His feet and fills the air with her perfume; Mary of Nazareth, who remains by His side from His first breath to His last, her loyalty unwavering; and Mary Magdalene, delivered of seven demons, who bravely supports her Teacher through His darkest hours, then proclaims the glorious news of His resurrection. 

The Last Words of Jesus by Daniel Horan

Much has been written on the last words of Jesus, the traditional phrases taken from Scripture that depict the final moments of Jesus’s life as he dies on the cross. In this new take on the last words, author Dan Horan brings a fresh perspective to this time-honored meditation as he challenges readers to look at their lives through the lens of Jesus’s suffering and death. Yet interlaced with suffering, the focus throughout is on the immense love of God for human beings, shown in the gift of Jesus, God made flesh. 

He Chose The Nails by Max Lucado

Linger on the hill of Calvary.

Rub a finger on the timber and press the nail into your hand.

Taste the tinge of cheap wine and feel the scrape of a thorn on your brow.

Touch the velvet dirt, moist with the blood of God.

Allow the tools of torture to tell their story.


Whew, you made it through! So many good books to read for Easter. I know I put some on my list to read. 

What do you do to celebrate Easter? Share your traditions in the comments.

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Book Review & Interview: Beneath a Prairie Moon by Kim Vogel Sawyer

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The synopsis on the back of the book: 

Abigail Grant grew up in affluence and knows exactly how to behave in high society. But when she is cast from the social registers due to her father's illegal dealings, she finds herself forced into a role she never imagined: tutoring rough Kansas ranchers in the subjects of manners and morals so they can "marry up" with their mail-order brides. Mack Cleveland, whose father was swindled by a mail-order bride, wants no part of the scheme to bring Eastern women to Spiveyville, Kansas, and he's put off by the snooty airs and fastidious behavior of the "little city gal" in their midst. But as time goes by, his heart goes out to the teacher who tries so diligently to smooth the rough edges from the down-to-earth men. How can he teach her that perfection won't bring happiness?

  • Genre: Christian Historical Fiction
  • Pages: 349
  • Will be published: 3/20/18
  • Goodreads rating (so far): 4.48 Stars
beneath a prairie moon kim vogel sawyer book review
And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness “ Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.
— 2 Corinthians 12:9

Why I Choose This Book

This book popped up at my door one evening by surprise. I was also happy that I received it too - because this book has been on my radar to read! 

First Initial Thoughts

Abigail is a young woman who is part of Bingham's Bevy of Brides and has tried to be placed as a mail-order bride six times. Yep, six times. She grew up in an affluent family and is not used to be living with lower standards. Helena, the owner of the company states that for her last chance, she will teach a group of Kansas ranchers how to act with manners and good morals. Abigail hesitates at first, but she knows that she must do this. She lost absolutely everything when her father admitted to illegal tradings and went to prison for it. So she really had nowhere to go. 

This is my first time reading a mail-order bride story. I knew they were once a thing back in the 19th century but had no idea really what it entailed. It was interesting to learn that aspect of it. Women would go out west and risk everything to begin a new life with a man she never met. 

When Abigail and Helena first came to Spiveyville, it was absolutely hilarious. From their first reactions to an old west town to the conditions they had to live in- was just so entertining to read. 

Mack Cleveland is the owner of the hardware store and picks up Abigail and Helena from the train station, to ride them over to Spiveyville. Their journey in the wagon was also a joyous read. Abigail and Helena's reactions to how tough the trail was, the wind, etc. were just priceless! ^_^


Kim did an amazing job recreating the town, Spiveyville. I like that she created a town with just the necessities- general store, barber shop, hardware store, bank, restaurant, church, and post office/telegram. That was pretty much really all people had in the old west. And I appreciated that Kim emphasized that. I also found it interesting that she created a town without a saloon. The restaurant used to be the saloon but it was shut down in previous years. I liked that the town put importance on purity and good behavior. 

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another
— John 13:34-35

Final Thoughts

My favorite character hands down was Helena Bingham. Even though the main story was around Abigail I just loved her! She was absolutely hilarious and she definitely had a spunky attitude and I loved that about her. I always looked forward to the times that she was in the story - because they were the most fun! 

What I liked too is that there were different perspectives in this story. We got a perspective from each main character. This was helpful in getting to know each character, their strengths, thoughts, and different viewpoints. 

Mack and Abigail's growing affection was just adorable! I appreciated how he was protective of her (but not too overbearing) the whole time. I liked that it was a slow-burning romance. The two started as friends but over time it developed into something more. I think Mack too, helped Abigail learn to trust again as well as understand that perfection is not real nor expected. 

Abigail lost her faith in God because he wasn't there when her father confessed to illegal doings, and she lost everything. However, as the story goes on she learns that God was there. She forgot to remember the good times with her father, which outweighed the bad times. Bad things can happen, but remember that with God you can get through anything. 

Would I Recommend? 

Yes, definitely! Even though this was a Christian book, I think it wasn't too overbearing with Christian themes. It's a good wholesome story- just about anyone would love! 

Q&A with Kim Vogel Sawyer

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Tell us about your new novel, Beneath a Prairie Moon, and how the idea for it came about.

Several years ago I wrote a book called A Hopeful Heart which featured women from the east coming to a Kansas herdsman school to learn the skills necessary to become ranchers’ or farmers’ wives. Readers enjoyed the humor of watching these Easterners try to brand cattle, cook for a “whole passel of men,” or take care of chickens. Over the years, I received several requests for another mail-order bride type story, so I was always contemplating it. Then I thought, the last book taught the women how to be good wives; why not write one about the ranchers learning to be good husbands? And Beneath a Prairie Moon came to life in my imagination.

Why do you believe readers are so fascinated with mail-order bride stories?

I think it’s the unknown. When you take two people who are strangers to each other, put them into a situation where they either learn to get along or be miserable, it’s intriguing to see how that plays out. We’re encouraged as Christians to choose to show Christ’s love to others, and a mail-order story allows that basic biblical precept to come alive on the page.

The main character, Abigail Grant, finds her life turned upside down when her father is imprisoned for illegal business dealings. How does her story speak to God’s plans for each of us when things don’t turn out the way we expect? 

There as so many things I appreciate about God, but His ability to make beauty out of ashes is definitely close to the top of the list. How many times have we felt as if our happiness was ending, only to find ourselves on the precipice of a brand new and even brighter opportunity for joy? The thing is, God doesn’t see the way we do, with blinders on. He sees how yesterday, today, tomorrow, and every day of our lives work together, and He uses each of our days to weave the most glorious plans for His children. Of course, we have to be willing to let go of some things so our hands are open to receive the greater gift He wants to bestow. I think that was Abigail’s biggest challenge: to release the known and receive what could be.

What message do you hope your readers will take away from Beneath a Prairie Moon?

I always hope readers will recognize there is no greater hope than the one that comes from a relationship with God through His Son Jesus. But specific to this story, I hope readers will perhaps open themselves up to seeing others through Jesus’ eyes. Abigail needed to do this for the townsfolk, and the townsfolk needed to do this for Abigail. When we look (and love) through Him instead of relying on our human failings, hearts change.

What can you tell us about what you are working on next?

Next out of the chute is a contemporary women’s fiction story featuring an Old Order Mennonite woman named Marty and her lifelong friend, Brooke, who was raised by an agnostic mother. Very different women, yet bound by an abiding friendship that faces several challenges when they come together on a special project, rebuilding a Kansas ghost town.


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Do you love fun old west stories too? Share in the comments! 

the caffeinated bibliophile

**NOTE- I was sent this book to review by Penguin Random House Publishing. All opinions are my own. 

Top 5 Wednesday: Children's Books to Read as an Adult

Top 5 Wednesday Children's Books To Read as an Adult

Today's top 5 Wednesday topic is all about Children's books we should read - or re-read - as an adult! 

Children's books are so much fun - even as an adult! Why should age limit you to read such fun short stories? 

Here are 5 Children's Books to read as an adult: 

Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables is a heartwarming story of a young child who is looking for a place to call home. What she least expects to find is a family who will love her. There is a whole series - and it follows Anne as she grows up into adulthood. There have also been many movies and show adaptations of this novel. The most recent, Anne with an E on Netflix. 

Little House on the Prarie

Raise your hand if you grew up watching the TV show, Little House on the Prarie! I remember watching this show every morning before school. It was such a fun and wholesome show to watch. It was the one show that got me into historical fiction more as a child. And why aren't there any shows like this today? We need them! And yes, I did read the series of books as well! 

Sarah, Plain and Tall

Sarah answeres to an ad for a wife at a farm out west. It's a story about hope, happiness, and what makes a family. I think this is a great reminder to not take your family for granted and to love them dearly every day. 

Charlotte's Web

Charlotte's Web is an adorable story of a child who wants to save her pet pig. It's such a beautiful story of love, life, and death. Most of all it teaches us that we should treat everyone with kindness. Especially during this time of recent tragedies, this is a great story to remind us that love is what matters. 

Winnie the Pooh

Who doesn't love Pooh and the Hundred Acre Wood? I remember reading the book as a child and then watching the television show when it was on. My favorite character was Eeyore - behind all that insecurity and sadness, he was such a kind donkey. And of course, I loved Pooh! Did you know that according to the Canadian Medical Association, each Winnie the Pooh Character symbolizes a mental disorder? It was mind-blowing when I learned that! 


What children's books do you think we should re-read as adults? Share in the comments! 

I hope you are having a wonderful week! Look forward to a book review tomorrow! 

the caffeinated bibliophile

The Blogger Tag- Get to Know Me!

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I have been blogging here on, The Caffeinated Bibliophile for a while now and I don't think I have ever done just a fun post about me! I thought I would do a fun Q&A - so you can get to know me better. 

So here we go! Here are the questions: 

Question 1: How tall are you? 

I am 5'7"

Question 2: Do you have a hidden talent? If so, what? 

I don't think it's hidden - as many friends and family know but I am a talented photographer.

Question 3: What’s your biggest blog-related pet peeve?

I think the biggest for me is using bad grammar and poorly lighted pictures. 

Question 4: What’s your biggest non-blog related pet peeve?

I think for me is when people don't use common sense when completing a task.

For example, when someone asks (this is just a hypothetical situation) "It says pay here on this button, so do I click the button to pay?" 

Question 5: What’s your favorite song?

I have so many favorites! I just can't list them all! In case your wondering- I mostly listen to Indie or alternative music. 

Question 6: What’s your favorite social media website?

I like Facebook for blogger related networking and Instagram to get travel inspo. 

Question 7: What’s your favorite way to spend your free time when you’re alone?

If I have time all by myself?? I usually like to go outdoors on a hike. Enjoy nature and the quietness around me. Take a book with me. 

Question 8: What’s your favorite junk food?

Question 9: Do you have a pet or pets? If so, what kind and what are their names?

Yes! I have a dog named Fred. He is a Boston Terrier Mix. 

 Taken by the lovely Jessie at Snapdragon Photography

Taken by the lovely Jessie at Snapdragon Photography

Question 10: What are your number one favorite nonfiction and fiction books?

This one is hard!! I have so many favorites. I just can't pick one favorite fiction. However, I would say my favorite non-fiction (although controversial) book is, The Bible. 

Question 11: What’s your favorite beauty product or tool?

I don't really wear too much makeup but I always love a good lipstick.

Question 12: When were you last embarrassed? What happened?

I was sitting outside on a bench and my nose was really itching - so I started to itch it and this guy just came walking past and started staring at me like I was doing something immoral. Embarassing....

Question 13: If you could only drink one beverage (besides water) for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Um, I think you already know the answer to this question.... COFFEE! 

Question 14: What’s your favorite movie? 

Indiana Jones - Raiders of the Lost Ark

Question 15: What was your favorite lesson in school and why?

History! I have always been fascinated with history, the different cultures around the world, and how everything came to be over time. It's one of the reasons I focus on Historical Fiction more than any other genre on this blog. I just love it so much! 

Question 16: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?


Question 17: PC or Mac? 

Mac hands down. 

Question 18: Last romantic gesture from a crush, date, boy/girlfriend, spouse? (or a kind gesture from a friend)

My husband surprised me with a dessert dinner party at Disney World with exclusive seats at the fireworks. 

Question 19: Favourite celebrity?

I don't really have a favorite celebrity. I do like certain actors and actresses for their talent but I wouldn't say one of them is my top favorite over the other. 

Question 20: What blogger do you secretly want to be best friends with?

I think it would be fun to get to know CJ behind, Paper Fury. She is absolutely hilarious and it would be fun just talking with her! 

Question 21: Who is your biggest inspiration?

Jesus. He is the one true person who can forgive our sins and love us truly despite our flaws. He inspires me to be a better person, to be kind, compassionate, and to follow our one true God. 

Question 22: What is your favorite blog to read?

Hmm, that is a good question! 

Question 23: What is your favorite high street shop? 

I actually don't shop at high street! I try to shop consciously when I can. I primarily shop at Everlane and Grana. I also love Poshmark. 

Question 24: Are you in education or do you work?

I work! As a freelance writer- and here on this blog! 

Question 25: One thing you are proud of?

I think the biggest thing I am proud of is accepting Lord Jesus Christ as my savior. It is the one thing that has made me feel complete more than anything else. 


I hope this helped you get to know me a little better! I always think it's good to learn more about the person behind the blog. It makes it feel more personable. If you would like to answer the questions, you are more than welcome to! And if you do please let me know so I can check out your answers! ;) 

Thank you for stopping by. Until next time! 

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