Four Days in Spring: Christ Suffering, Dying, and Rising in Our Lives.


112 pages
ISBN 978-1-55126-493-6
DDC 251'.62




Reviewed by Tanya Rogoschewsky

Tanya Rogoschewsky is a librarian at Red Deer College in Red Deer,


The death and resurrection of Jesus is the central tenet of the Christian faith and is celebrated each year through the Easter ceremony. However, the power of the story can become lost with over-familiarity and repetition. Equally, it can be difficult to translate an incident that occurred centuries ago in a foreign land into concepts that relate to our own daily struggles in life. This is what author Herbert O’Driscoll tries to remedy in this book.


In 24 reflections, the author traces the biblical story from the Passover supper to Jesus’ death and resurrection and on to the disciples’ experiences afterwards. Each section encompasses a Bible quote, a short discussion of the incident, and a reflection of how the incident relates to our lives. The book focuses on the emotional aspect of Jesus’ journey and helps guide readers to a deeper understanding of the story’s central tenets of betrayal, sorrow, faith, hope, and forgiveness. This book is short and easy to read, but manages to eloquently touch on many themes. This would be a valuable book for Lenten meditation, Bible study groups, or for anyone wishing to deepen their understanding of the Easter ceremony.


O'Driscoll, Herbert., “Four Days in Spring: Christ Suffering, Dying, and Rising in Our Lives.,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed July 15, 2024,