Lent is a
good time to allow ourselves a bit more space for prayer, almsgiving,
self-examination, repentance and reading. Some people add fasting to that list
as well. Lent is a time for spiritually spring cleaning ourselves and trying to
grow in our faith and discovering new insights. (We should be doing that all
year round, but being given the season of Lent to concentrate a bit more is a
gift to us. So do try to unwrap this precious gift as we journey with Jesus
through Holy Week and Easter.)
Lent books are produced with the aim to try to help us engage with God in a
deeper way. I am delighted to offer you a choice of six books. They are on
display at the back of church together with a sign-up list for taking your
I have tried
to order them in what I think is starting from the easiest to get to grips
with. But each book offers a different perspective and they will all have their
challenges in the sense of encouraging you to think about your faith and your
relationship with God and with those whom we encounter.
The Journey by
In this book, there is a reading for each day of Lent. The author writes
it from the viewpoint of one of Jesus’s disciples, John. John Pritchard takes
us on the journey that Jesus took as he journeyed to Jerusalem and encourages
us to imagine what it was like. This could make connections with the Lent Course
on prayer when we consider imaginative prayer.
Abraham by Meg
Meg Warner takes us through Abraham’s life with its challenges, doubts,
false turns and unbelievable promises. The book will help you reflect on how
Abraham’s experiences resonate with your own and remind you that God’s love and
faithfulness remains constant throughout.
Life in the Psalms by Patrick Woodhouse
The psalms reflect the whole spectrum of humanity’s emotions. They are
good to ponder. This book gives you the opportunity to do just that with the
helpful commentary provided by the author.
Meeting God in Paul by Rowan Williams
When Rowan Williams was Archbishop of Canterbury, he gave Lent lectures
in Canterbury cathedral. This book is the product of those lectures and
promises to be really stimulating, taking us into the world of St Paul. We
trace how St Paul changed from being a persecutor of Christians to a fervent
apostle and missionary of the embryonic Christian Church.
Sensing God by
Laurence Freeman has written several books on contemplation and
meditation. This Lent book provides a daily passage of scripture followed by
some commentary and questions for the reader.
I am with you by
This is the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book 2016. The author leads us into a meditation on
God’s presence in light and darkness, all set in the context of the Offices
(prayer times) of the Benedictine day. Unlike books with something for every
day, it’s recommended that we take one chapter per week in Lent. Archbishop
Justin writes, “This is a book to be picked up and put down quietly, not read
at a sitting or in a rush.”