Review and Giveaway: On Calvary’s Hill repurposes Lucado’s content to create Easter (or any time) treat

I received a free copy of this book and an appreciation certificate from Family Christian in exchange for my honest review. All photos and opinions are my own.

 

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My first memories of Max Lucado’s work are from high school. I attended a Christian high school so a daily devotional in some classes was a very common thing. My freshman and sophomore English teacher would frequently open class with a short reading from a number of Max Lucado’s books.

I remember being enthralled by Lucado’s way of making the Bible stories come alive with his vivid word imagery. I was delighted to have the opportunity to read and review his book On Calvary’s Hill: 40 Readings for the Easter Season from Family Christian. This book does not disappoint.

What I found interesting about this book was how Lucado used passages from his other books to create a collection that is perfect for ushering in the Easter season. I also think, however, that this book would be perfect as a devotional any time of the year. After all, there is no bad time to have a greater understanding and appreciation for the Resurrection story.

Each passage is short but beautifully written. It would be easy to make this a daily reading but it’s written in a way that makes it natural to read multiple passages in one day.

Let’s take a look at the actual pages and content of the book, shall we?

This picture doesn't do it justice but the pages are a high quality paper and are tinged in a beautiful blue. It's as if the pages are literally saying "this book should be cherished and read year after year."
This picture doesn’t do it justice but the pages are a high quality paper and are tinged in a beautiful blue. It’s as if the pages are literally saying “this book should be cherished and read year after year.”

 

I also like how it has a single Scripture at the beginning of each passage that shares the inspiration for what is to follow. Then each passage is followed by a prayer or thought to share as a closing to the devotion. There is also a notation at the end that tells which book the passage originates from, giving the reader the opportunity to look up the book for further reading if he or she wishes.

I know Easter is approaching in a couple of weeks but I still recommend this book. As I said, it is useful and beautiful any time of year. It can also be used year after year. I invite you to experience the message through Lucado’s almost lyrical writing style. It will truly transport you to another time and place.

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