When it comes to the Easter story, sometimes we find ourselves in the precarious place of over-familiarity. On the one hand, familiarity with Bible characters, themes, and specific verses is a gift. Knowing these parts of the Bible so well helps us understand other parts that are less celebrated. On the other hand, we live in a world that is constantly careening toward the newest thing.
So when we come upon the old, old story of Jesus and his love, we have a tendency to skim the familiar Bible story with a bulleted ticker sliding through the brain:
✓ Jesus is born
✓ gets disciples
✓ does miracles
✓ is crucified
✓ is raised
In five daily readings, Remembering Holy Week: Five Remarkable Stories of Unremarkable People, will take a closer look at lesser-known people who honored Christ during his last days on Earth. They’ve been called many things—common, wasteful, outcast, overbearing, criminal—but they’ve never been called heroes. They might have been considered fairly unremarkable people in their day, but they honored Christ in remarkable ways.
Remembering Holy Week drapes the fabric of fiction over the framework of Scripture. Each reading includes a fictional retelling of a Bible moment, a devotional reflection, and a prayer. As you prepare your heart for Easter, you will discover that no matter how you honor Christ, it is never too insignificant, too messy, or too late.
I read these to my boys for morning devotions. Can you please compile these Easter stories into a printed book? I would buy a box full!!
Remembering Holy Week is a fun, fresh twist on familiar stories. It allows you to see the the story of Holy Week from a new perspective and prepare your heart for the coming of the Easter. ~ Alana Dawson, writer at www.AlanaDawson.com
I will never read about Holy Week with the same dull imagination I limited myself to. The Spirit played out each scene in my mind in a way I have not experienced before. The author is not only gifted, talented and creative, but the anointing on her work has certainly expanded my understanding and appreciation for what Jesus did, and who God used to orchestrate it. The message is forever planted in my soul. ~ Deb
I saw myself in the events of Holy Week and realized anew I, too, was on Jesus’ mind and the reason He went to the cross. My ordinary life is important to Him also. ~ Carolina
Shauna’s words are beautifully written as she examines the Easter story in a way we don’t normally look at it. The way she intertwines the Word of God with her devotional reflections and helps us see a well-known story in a new light. Shauna shows us the people of the Bible experienced the same emotions and thoughts we do today. This reminds us that the Bible, though written thousands of years ago, is still alive and full of new lessons to learn. ~ Tana
I needed to be reminded that even though we don’t feel worthy to honor Him, He is always accepting of whatever gifts we have to offer. I enjoyed reading. ~ Penny
Remembering Holy Week has been a timely reminder to this battle weary momma. I’m reminded that the Lord uses our wild, unruly spirit for His kingdom, that insufficiencies are a reminder of His mercy, that liberation looks unique to every person, that there is freedom in dependence on the Lord, and that courage can look more like a crock pot than a microwave. Shauna’s words are penned in a way that transports us to the scenes of Holy Week. An amazing family read aloud. ~ Yvonne
Thank you for adding to my devotional time this Holy Week. I love your attention to detail when telling these stories. ~ Mary
I love that feeling when the old, familiar becomes new and exciting. I love how God’s Word hits you in a different spot continually throughout life. ~ Shelli