Every year I struggle with Easter. Sounds strange, I know.
But after the long, intentional season of Lent, I always find myself floundering with what comes next. How do you celebrate well for seven weeks?
Easter Sunday? Simple. Church, feast, family, chocolate. Kids going bonkers for baskets. All of us scarfing down too much sugar. Delightful and delicious. All the Alleluias!
But then comes Easter Monday. And Tuesday. And Wednesday. Fifty full days of the Easter season.
I’ll be honest: I had no idea how to live it.
Surprisingly, joy is hard to sustain. Easter should be a season of celebration, a long feast of gratitude, an abundance of praise. But how can we keep singing Alleluias for weeks, when the rest of the world packs up the Easter eggs and races ahead to the next holiday-of-the-month in the Target aisles?
What does it mean to be an Easter people for 50 full days?
I wanted to find out. After years of grief, I felt a tug last year to turn to the practice of joy. So last Easter, I started scribbling a small list for myself. Small, easy, concrete ideas for celebrating Easter. One way for each day.
Something started to take shape.
Then I turned to the Resurrection narratives in the Gospels. I wanted to soak in them, sit with them over time, wonder what those strange and stunning stories might mean for my own life. These Scripture stories called to me, turning from grief to joy, trying to imagine and understand life after loss.
What I discovered in the stories of Easter was mystery, hope, and wild joy.
So I pulled it all together – not just for me, but for you.
Risen: 50 Ways to Live Easter is now available from Blessed is She. It’s a companion for the Easter season, a guidebook through joy.
Each day you’ll find:
- a short reading from one of the Resurrection stories
- a fresh perspective on Scripture
- a prayer to reflect on Easter
- a simple action to live out each day
Over the 50 days of Easter, Risen journeys through all the Resurrection stories (in the Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles). The book offers concrete actions and daily practices to live out the spirit of Easter.
And Risen is not just for women: it’s written for a wide audience, making it a perfect gift for anyone who wants to understand and reflect on Easter (including those who will enter the Church at Easter Vigil through RCIA!).
What’s more, Risen can be used every year. The days of each week are undated, so you can pull out the book again next Easter and return to it for prayer and reflection.
(Plus it’s a gorgeous square-size designed by Erica Tighe of Be A Heart Design. I wanted it to look beautiful on your kitchen counter or office desk, to let the Scripture and prayer interact with your life each day!)
When I wanted to learn what the season of Easter meant for my life, I couldn’t find anything like this. A companion for Easter that was short and sweet for each day, but also dove in the mystery of what this season holds.
So I’m overjoyed to share Risen with you – and to journey through Easter together very soon.
This book is different than anything Blessed is She has done before. It’s not a journal (so you can reuse it every year). It’s not a deep dive into long Scripture or reflection (so you can read it easily each day).
So you’ll want to grab your copy here ASAP. If you order Risen by 4/17 (in the U.S.), you’ll have it in hand when Easter begins!
Easter is the longest liturgical season. We have 50 full days to celebrate and dive into the joy of the Resurrection. Now you’ve got a guidebook for each day: short enough for simple prayer, and deep enough to honor the mystery.
I can’t wait to see what this Easter season brings for you, too.
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