About the Book

What’s the advantage of a Lenten study that starts at the empty tomb?

Easter Earthquake offers a fresh, energetic approach to Lent by focusing more on the hope of resurrection than emphasizing Lent as a somber, penitential season. This study explores the ways in which the resurrection of Jesus Christ shakes up some of our common assumptions and invites us into a new way of living—one energized by the life-giving presence of the risen Christ. Harnish’s insights will lead participants into a deeper relationship with God, a fuller understanding of the Passion, and a more vibrant experience of Easter.

What is included in this book?

This study is created for individual and group study starting on Ash Wednesday and continuing through Easter. Each week contains 5 readings, a prayer focus, suggestions for small-group interaction, and a hymn. The book also includes a guide for daily meditation and prayer, and an outline for small-group gatherings.

Praise for Easter Earthquake

Jim Harnish invites the devotional reader or study group to share a warm and winsome conversation about the nature of the journey through Lent to Easter. Blending classical with contemporary illustrations, he weaves tradition and relevance into a single trustworthy cloth of assurance and faith. Easter Earthquake is a gift from a pastor’s heart to all who seek to explore more fully the season the ancients called the springtime of the soul.

—Rev. Paul L. Escamilla

Senior Pastor, St. John’s United Methodist Church, Austin, Texas

Author, Longing for Enough in a Culture of More

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About the Author

The Rev. Dr. James A. Harnish retired after 43 years of pastoral ministry in rural, small-town, suburban, and urban congregations in the Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. He was the founding pastor of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Orlando and served for 22 years as the senior pastor of Hyde Park United Methodist Church in Tampa.

Widely recognized as a preacher and writer, Jim is a facilitator for the Institute of Preaching at Duke Divinity School and the author of more than 15 books. Jim served on the board of directors for the General Board of Discipleship and the General Commission on General Conference, was a delegate to General and Jurisdictional Conferences, and was a delegate to the World Methodist Conferences in England, Brazil, Kenya, and South Africa. He is a member of the Board of Visitors at Duke Divinity School and the Board for Africa Upper Room Ministries.

Jim and his wife, Martha, have two married daughters and five grandchildren in Florida and South Carolina. He enjoys reading, travel, playing with his grandchildren, and cheering for the University of Florida Gator football team.