In Moldova, we are only celebrating Easter next Sunday. Anticipating that, I would like to share about a book that would make a great Easter read.
What do I label as “great Easter read” you might ask – if a book is focused on and draws our attention towards Jesus, the reason we celebrate Easter – then it qualifies. Like I said, today I’m sharing about one such book.
This book is best described by a season. In a nutshell, reading this book was like spring. Random, I know.
Alicia Chole is a poet at heart. Although not a poetry book, her inspirational non-fiction prose draws you into a world rich in colours, scents and melodies. Her writing is captivating. Graceful and elegant. Stirring and persuasive.
She doesn’t write about things superficial. Far from it. Chole writes about our most uncelebrated season: the hidden years. A season marked by hurt, by loss, by confusion and, as pointed out in Anonymous, by temptations. About how the choices we make today impact a future we cannot see. About how to not only survive the desert, but learn valuable lessons, too.
Spring is a mix between miserably muddy and gloriously sunny days.
Anonymous is a mix between the piercing reality of our human brokenness and the exuberant life we can have in Christ. Between our tendency to give in to temptations and the humbling example of how Jesus resisted it. Between the destructive schemes of the enemy and the restoring grace of the Father.
Alicia Chole writes about deserts. Deserts are barren, lonely and threatening. We all have times in our lives that are like this, don’t we? Yet spring comes to prove that life has survived the desert of winter. It proves that life is triumphant precisely because it has chosen to die.
In the same way, Anonymous comes to tell us that we can be truly alive only when we choose to die to ourselves. Yes, Jesus has said exactly that. Jesus has, in fact, lived that out. Oh, we’re so quick to forget. I, for one, needed the reminder.
No season represents hope as spring does.
That’s what we find in Anonymous: a glimmer of hope. Wait, no. More than just a glimmer of hope, a bucket-full of hope. In our darkest season, Chole points out to the fact that God is at work and that God’s plans for us reach far beyond our expectations. He is in control when we’re not, even in the desert.
I was left encouraged by this delightful, yet deeply profound book. Hope you will be, too.
Whether you are going through a dessert, or experiencing the fool bloom of spring, I hope you have a wonderful (Moldovan) Easter, filled with the light, hope and love of Christ, the Risen One.