A Glorious Dark

One Weekend in History – For Ruby Magazine

For years I celebrated Easter as if it were a stand-alone holiday, singing “Up from the Grave He Arose” without giving much thought to the horror of the Dying or the silence of the Dead. Providentially, my early efforts to incarnate and to enliven an invisible God in the hearts of four sweet boys found a way into the obtuse heart of their mother as well.  Therefore, this Lenten season, I will be re-reading A Glorious Dark, a book about believing which confronts the loss and defeat of Friday and the awkward silence of Saturday with Sunday morning resurrection truth.  Where memoir meets theological pondering, author A.J. Swoboda’s story winds through his faith journey, with the bonus of startling spotlight quotes which he aims at himself and at all of us who say that we believe.  Here’s one of the dozen or more:

“Many envision faith as a kind of hall pass for laziness, excusing them from a life of action, doing, and working hard.”

Ouch and amen.

What we believe about one weekend in history, the three days’ journey from Golgotha to the garden tomb, impacts our whole experience of the Christian life.  That’s why I’m sharing this book review in the March issue of Ruby Magazine.  I would love for you to continue reading with me there.  Be sure to check out the other articles and be encouraged.  Click here for more information about subscribing.



This book was provided by Baker Books in exchange for my review.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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23 thoughts on “One Weekend in History – For Ruby Magazine”

  1. “What we believe about one weekend in history, the three days’ journey from Golgotha to the garden tomb, impacts our whole experience of the Christian life.” Such true words, Michele. “A Glorious Dark” sounds like a book I need to have on my to-read list!


  2. I really enjoyed your article this week. I too am walking through Lent this year spiritually for the first time. I hope to read a devotion everyday and pray. I hope this will draw me closer to Him as I realize the true sacrifice that He made for me. Thanks for sharing on the #LMMLinkup this week.


    1. These seasons of reflection are so helpful in carrying us through the year in faith. One thing that I have noticed is that when I’m conscious of Lent and the observation of all that went into our redemption, I am much more prepared for the celebration of Easter.


  3. It is so good seeing your article in Ruby Magazine, Michele. They are a good resource for Christian women. Thank you for your continuous faithfulness in sharing God’s Word.
    God Bless, sister


  4. Michele, I hadn’t ever thought about it the way you said it… what we think about the three days from the cross to the garden tomb… so very true, it does impact our walk. Also, congratulations on being in Ruby magazine! that is such a great accomplishment! Way to go, I am clicking over to finish reading now. I look forward to seeing you on Thursday at #TuneInThursday


  5. Thank you for sharing your wonderful post at #OverTheMoon. I look forward to what you will share next week! Like someone in person today! We hope you’ll come back again next Sunday when we open our doors at 6:00 PM EST. Pinned and tweeted!


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