Easter will soon be upon us, and I know that many Christians will take the opportunity to specially reflect on the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We are extremely well-resourced when it comes to books on the subject and I thought I’d list a few recommendations here. In each case I’ve linked to the appropriate page on Westminster Books, though you’ll certainly find most of them at other stores as well.
I will begin with some devotional works (most of which are meant to be read over the 30 or 40 days leading up to Easter), then provide some full-length books.
- Rich Wounds: The Countless Treasures of the Life, Death, and Triumph of Jesus by David Mathis is brand new and includes 30 brief meditations.
- The Journey to the Cross by Paul David Tripp is meant to offer reflections through the 40 days of Lent.
- To Seek and to Save: Daily Reflections on the Road to the Cross by Sinclair Ferguson will prove every bit as much worth the read as all of his other books.
- The Glory of the Cross: Reflections for Lent from the Gospel of John, The Beauty of the Cross: Reflections for Lent from Isaiah 52 & 53, and An Ocean of Grace: A Journey to Easter with Great Voices from the Past are all devotional options by Tim Chester.
- Comforts from the Cross: Celebrating the Gospel One Day at a Time by Elyse Fitzpatrick is not an Easter devotional per se, but does reflect on the cross over 31 days.
- Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross: Experiencing the Passion and Power of Easter by Nancy Guthrie is a curated collection of 25 brief chapters by a number of contemporary and historical contributors.
- Dying to Speak: Meditations from the Cross by Anthony Carter & Lee Fowler is structured around Jesus’ final seven sayings from the cross.
- Mission Accomplished: A Two-Week Family Easter Devotional by James Scott is a good option for family devotions.
As for full-length books, here are some options:
- The Cross He Bore: Meditations on the Sufferings of the Redeemer by Frederick Leahy. This has been one of my long-time favorite books on the subject and one I read quite frequently.
- The Cross of Christ by John Stott is a classic and should probably be on everyone’s list to read at least once.
- The Truth of the Cross by R.C. Sproul is short put packs a punch.
- Man of Sorrows, King of Glory: What the Humiliation and Exaltation of Jesus Mean for Us by Jonty Rhodes goes well beyond Easter, but will certainly help you better appreciate what Christ has accomplished on our behalf.
- Heaven, How I Got Here: The Story of the Thief on the Cross by Colin Smith shares truth by shifting the focus from the cross the Savior to the cross of a thief.
- The Heart of the Cross by James Montgomery Boice & Philip Ryken is a new edition of a classic work.
- The Cross in the Experience of Our Lord by R.A. Finlayson focuses on 2 Corinthians 4:3-6 and Isaiah 53.
There are many others besides, but this is at least a partial list of books that will bless you!