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2016 Lent Books

posted 20 Jan 2016, 20:12 by Solihull Parish   [ updated 20 Jan 2016, 20:14 ]

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.)

Every year, 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 orders.

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.

  1. The Journey by John Pritchard

    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.

     

  2. Abraham by Meg Warner

    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.

     

  3. 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.

     

  4. 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.

     

  5. Sensing God by Laurence Freeman

    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.

     

  6. I am with you by Kathryn Greene-McCrieght

    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.”

     

    JK

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