|Preparing My Heart for Easter: A Woman’s Journey to the Cross and Beyond|
Celebrating Christmas involves many meaningful traditions. But what about Easter? Although Christ’s resurrection demonstrates the power behind the Christian faith, Easter is often overshadowed by Christmas. To discover the deep significance of Easter, consider Ann Marie Stewart’s eight-week Bible study, Preparing My Heart for Easter: A Woman’s Journey to the Cross and Beyond.
The study begins the week of Ash Wednesday (February 17 in 2010) and concludes the week after Easter. Taken primarily from the four Gospels, Psalms, and Isaiah, this 2007 release focuses on Jesus’ last week on earth and the women who followed him during his life and death. These included Mary Magdalene, Mary Mother of Jesus, Mary and Martha (sisters of Lazarus), the woman at the well, and other women who were eyewitnesses of Jesus’s miraculous ministry.
Each week of study includes five daily lessons plus two weekend devotionals that center on Easter hymns. You’ll also learn the significance of Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Pentecost, and other holy days before and after Easter. Suitable for personal or group use, the book includes a helpful six-page leader’s guide with discussion questions, music suggestions, and more.
This well-researched, powerful volume comes to life with Stewart’s background in drama and scriptwriting. Her acting roles in the community passion play helped her experience the emotions surrounding the first Easter and challenged her to look at Jesus in new ways. Women who have completed the study say it challenged and inspired them, and Jesus became more real and personal to them.
Stewart’s ultimate goal for this study is to encourage women to do what many New Testament women did–meet, accept, and follow Jesus. As spring approaches with its promise of new life, enter this season by growing spiritually as you study Preparing My Heart for Easter.
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About Lydia Harris
Lydia E. Harris is happily married to Milt, her sweetheart for 48 years. She has two married children, five grandkids, and is the author of a Bible study, "Preparing My Heart for Grandparenting" (AMG Publishers, 2010 release). She's also a tea enthusiast and writes the column "A Cup of Tea with Lydia."