Easter Books for Adults – a bit of history

Easter Books for Adults – a bit of history

There are a few times a year that we should stop and reflect on life a little. Or a lot.  Today we present some Easter Books for Adults for reflection. From devotional reading to more historical books. Some short stories by classical authors consider the deeper meaning of Easter.  We hope these  Easter Books will add some inspiration to your personal reflections.

1. Killing Jesus: A History – Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard

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Martin Dugard & Bill O’Rilley are authors of The Killing of Historical Figures series. This is the fourth book in the series. Dugard and O’Rilley rewrite the well known story of death of Jesus, by also putting it into a historical context. The reader will learn many details that are not covered in the Bible. You will find out more about the politics of Jews and Romans, about their religious leaders, about who Herod was, and more.

This book deals more with the history surrounding Jesus death than with religious aspects of his teaching. It is well written and very interesting Easter Book that should be read by all who want to find out more about history of time in which Jesus lived and died.

2. The Cross and the Lynching Tree – James H Cone

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Both the cross and the lynching tree are symbols connected with history of African Americans. The lynching tree represents their suffering through the history. The cross represents divine power and salvation and God’s victory over sin and death. The image of Jesus dying on the cross for African Americans is powerful one, and in a way help them overcome hard times and keep the faith in Jesus Christ during the lynching era.

Cone’s book is interesting one. It combines social history, theology and cultural studies and it features many prominent African Americans who fight for justice and their rights. But this book is mostly about victims i.e. people who perished during lynching period. This is not an easy read, but it should be read because it tries to answer difficult questions on how life can be meaningful when so much death and injustice is happening.

3. The Women of Easter – Liz Curtis Higgs

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This is a book about biblical women whose name was Mary. It tells the story of the three Marys: Mary of Bethany, Mary of Nazareth and Mary Magdalene. These three played crucial roles before Jesus’s death. Each of these three women encountered Jesus and that changed their lives forever. Mary of Bethany prepares the way for Jesus burial when she anoints his feet. Mary of Nazareth – Jesus mother – was with him throughout his life and death. And Mary Magdalene supports Jesus during his dark hours but she also tells the news about his resurrection.

The author knows Bible well and that is very obvious from this book. She tells the story about three Marys by analyzing, studying, explaining and illustrating roles of them verse-by –verse. This is one very interesting book.

4. Bread & Wine: Readings for Lent and Easter – CS Lewis, CK Chesterton

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Lent is a time before Easter. Lent is a time in which Christians are preparing for Easter, a time for contemplation about Jesus sacrifice, death, resurrection. Bread & Wine is a perfect collection of short stories for Lent and Easter. It has 72 stories/ poems/ writings divided into 6 sections: Invitation, Temptation, Passion, Crucifixion, Resurrection and New Life.

Many different authors are featured here from Oscar Wilde, John Donne, Mother Therese, Dylan Thomas, C.S. Lewis etc. There is a variety of writing so each reader will find something for themselves. This is a perfect collection for Lent and Easter time.

5. Easter is Coming: A Devotional Journey with Jesus – Christopher Greer

For Christians, Easter is very important time of the year. It is a time when Christians celebrate what Jesus has done for them. It is a time for contemplation, thinking and prayer. During this time the book Easter Is Coming will be of great help.  This book is a daily study guide that will help Christians to remember the cross and resurrection. During forty seven days a reader can prepare themselves for Easter by reflecting on the importance of Jesus’s death and resurrection. It combines Bible passages with questions for reflection on each passage read. This is a great book  for your for spiritual journey toward Easter.

6. Easter Stories – C.S. Lewis and more

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There are 27 stories written by classical authors like C.S. Lewis, Leo Tolstoy, Selma Lagerlof, Oscar Wilde, Elizabeth Goudge, Maxim Gorky, Ruth Sawyer, and Walter Wangerin and they are all on the topic of Easter. These stories show that Easter is much more than bunnies and eggs and they show the reader a deeper meaning of this religious holiday. But like all collections the quality of the stories does vary a little. The stories also vary in genre; from Biblical fiction to historical fiction. But what all the stories have in common is that they capture spirit of Easter perfectly. Guaranteed to please and add value to your Easter books collection.
This is a nice and inspirational collection that will show Easter in different light and it will be read and reread many times in years to come.

Logic Books Will Teach You How To Argue.

Logic Books Will Teach You How To Argue.

New year, new arguments.  Read these logic books to learn how to put together a solid argument.

Logic Books will help you improve your English language skills and learn to overcome fallacies too?  English and logic dont always go together, however this list will help you develop a consistent, logical argument anywhere.

1. An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments – Ali Almossawi

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Do you want to learn how to create flawless logical argument? Don’t know where to begin? Then you need to read An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments. The cute pictures (illustrations) of small errors in reasoning chosen by the author show you where it’s easy to slip.  From an information engineer at Mozilla, this is a Best Seller in logic books.

By understanding the common mistakes in reasoning and when they occur you can learn to avoid them. The simple illustrations are a great way to emphasize the irregularities in logic. And the small character animals also make it easier for you to remember the faulty reasoning mistakes not to make.

An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments gives you the first step in learning to have a rational and logical argument by showing you the common mistakes and how to avoid them in a cute and memorable book.

2. A Rulebook for Arguments – Anthony Weston

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A Rulebook for Arguments will show you how to construct logical arguments in order to sustain your conclusion. It is an elegantly organized book that walks you through logical reasoning from how to form an idea to develop it to become a logical algorithm that supports it. Each step is thoroughly explained and illustrated in order to help you get a better understanding of how to better conceive and sustain your thesis.

This book helps you form clean and organized arguments that will support your case. A Rulebook for Arguments offers support for written papers. But the algorithms of thinking and organizing your arguments will also help you in speeches and simple discussions with friends.

3. Mastering Logical Fallacies: The Definitive Guide to Flawless Rhetoric and Bulletproof Logic – Michael Withey

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Often we find ourselves in a situation where we know that our arguments are logical and true, but the simple use of a fallacy; a true statement with an incorrect content; throws us out of the debate because all of a sudden our reasoning doesn’t make sense. Its frustrating. This is why it is important to be able to recognize fallacies.

Mastering Logical Fallacies not only shows you how to recognize them, but also how to battle them in an argument. This book breaks down fallacies into logical steps and also puts them into real life situations for better understanding.

Knowing how to dismantle fallacies can give you the upper hand in an argument. Now you can introduce logical and rational arguments into the discussion, and furthermore, sustain your case, argument or thesis with flow.

4. How to Argue & Win Every Time: At Home, At Work, In Court, Everywhere, Everyday – Gerry Spence

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Arguing a point it’s not only for scholars and lawyers. Making a valid point every time you talk to someone makes you look smart and confident. Former trial lawyer, Gerry Spence, takes his experience with arguing out of the court room and teaches us how to build an argument in order to win.

He proposes an affirmative action type of strategy. Everyone can have a successful argument with a structured and patient pace. The author outlines the “Locks” in a conversation as the objections the other person has and the “Keys” are the way to rebut their argument.

How to Argue & Win Every Time shows you how easy it is to form an argument and then to sustain it without being thrown by your opponent.

5. Critique of Pure Reason – Immanuel Kant

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Immanuel Kant is the author and philosopher who stands at the base of modern logical thinking. He introduces the concept of analytic and synthetic judgments. The first having an implied or predictable subject, and the second needing more specification. Kant states that reasoning begins with analytic judgments, but synthetic ones are needed on complicated matters.

Critique of Pure Reason is a more scholarly logic book that everybody should read once in a lifetime. Even if they are not that interested in logical reasoning. Even if we are unaware of it, Kant has effectively developed the system we are using today to argue in our society.

The clear and elegant construction of reasoning Kant presents is a valid point of view for everyone that wants to understand how speech and critical thinking work.

6. Critical Thinking Skills: Developing Effective Analysis and Argument – Stella Cottrell

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Critical Thinking Skills is another logic book that helps you develop your critical skills by breaking down the process into easy understandable steps. Also, this author gives you clear examples and stimulates you with exercises in order to practice your skills.

This book is perfect for all those who try to learn logical reasoning and critical thinking in an organized and way. The exercises at the end of every step help you understand faster where your problems are and how to correct them. Also, by solving them you will introduce critical thinking into day to day life without having to try too hard.

7. How to Make Sense of Any Mess: Information Architecture for Everybody – Abby Covert

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Abby Covert brings a new concept to the critical thinking field: information architecture, and talks about it through the perspective of the real practical world. Information architecture teaches you how to be more organized with information. It also assists you to understand the information around you faster.

How to Make Sense of Any Mess has a seven step process that will help you sort new information in valuable and practical ways. It includes exercises that are great for organizing your train of thought, speech and life. Read this book so you will have a more organized speech because you will know what information is valuable for the point you are making.