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Easter Book Release

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EAI has published a book shedding light on pivotal Easters in Irish history.

To go straight to the order page, follow this link.

Ireland is currently celebrating the Centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising.  That Rising was not just a historical event that happened to coincidentally occur on Easter Monday. If that was the case, then it would be celebrated each year on the set day of the calendar when the Rising occurred (24th April).  But that isn’t what happens.  Whatever date Easter happens to fall upon (Easter being a moveable feast) determines the date each year that Ireland celebrates its independence.

The reason, of course, is that the rebels staged their Rising quite deliberately at Easter so that it would have a religious significance.

As part of the 1916 Easter Rising Centenary celebrations, Evangelical Alliance Ireland is publishing a (gift-sized) paperback book – “Ireland: A People Shaped by Easter” – written by Nick Park (EAI), Ruth Garvey-Williams (Vox Magazine) and David Wilson (Agape Ministries).  

The book explores a number of pivotal Irish Easters, dating back to the days of St. Patrick, up to 1916, and the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, and then goes on to set them in their true context – the first Easter when Jesus rose from the dead.  It shares the personal stories of Irish people who are finding the first Easter helps them incorporate these other Easters into their sense of national identity.

The book is designed to enable churches to utilise the centenary event to share the Gospel.  It is not a tract, but is rather a conversation-starter - something churches can use to initiate meaningful discussion with friends and neighbours about what it means to be a follower of Jesus in Ireland today.

The book is designed to be politically non-partisan.  It acknowledges the significance of the 1916 Rising, but also refers to other significant Easters in Ireland’s history – including the role of Patrick.  It then focuses on ordinary people’s experiences of their own relationship with Christ and His Resurrection.  The testimonies were chosen so as to be equally relevant for churches of different theological traditions and emphases.

Churches are encouraged to place bulk orders of our latest publication for use in their own local community during Lent and Easter 2016.

We are looking for evangelical churches and organisations to support the distribution of this book and Churches are encouraged to place bulk orders for use in your own local community during Lent 2016. The book is gift sized (67 pages) and would make an excellent gift for visitors to Lenten and Easter church services this year.

Individual copies cost €3.00 including postage. Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you wish to inquire about bulk orders.

Orders can be placed here.

The Kindle version of this book is available for just £0.99 at Amazon.co.uk here or for $0.99 from Amazon.com here.

Finally, as the cost of publishing and distributing this book exceeds the subsidised cost being charged we are seeking for donors to help finance the publicity campaign for the subsidised distribution of the book during Easter.  A crowdsource funding initiative has been set up at www.fundit.ie. Please prayerfully consider whether you would like to support this project.

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