Monday, January 31, 2011

Lent and Easter Reading

These are the books I'll be reading during Lent and Easter this year.

A Clearing Season by Sarah Parsons. Sure, there's work to be done during Lent, but it's the gentle, gradual work of opening one's heart and mind to grace. A Clearing Season will move you week by week from wilderness to holy ground, using a personal tone that will stir and challenge personal reflection.
I am so excited about this one. These are some of my favorite most trusted authors all together in a single book.
Here's what Publishers Weekly had to say: Has there ever been a more hard-hitting, beautifully written, theologically inclusive anthology of writings for Lent and Easter? It's doubtful. Many readers may well find that this collection-a sequel to Plough's highly successful Watch for the Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas-is the one book they return to year after year, forgoing their usual custom of buying a new Lenten devotional each spring. Six separate sections (Invitation, Temptation, Passion, Crucifixion, Resurrection and New Life) guide readers through the essential elements of spiritual preparation and feature writings from some of Christendom's most celebrated masters. Classic thinkers such as Martin Luther and John Donne share space with 20th-century theologians like C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton and Dorothy Day. There is also a generous sampling from contemporary writers, including Philip Yancey, John Updike, Frederick Buechner, Madeleine L'Engle, Henri Nouwen and Brennan Manning. Caveat lector: no one should have this much pleasure during Lent!

I love the Mosaic Bible and this is the very brief companion devotional. Love that it fits in a purse or bag. Easy to use. Beautifully written.

And I read 6 hours one Friday every single Easter season. It's my favorite Max Lucado book. It also draws this heart to the cross. It's filled with gentle reminders that where His life on earth ends, our eternal life in Him begins. This book makes me CRY every single time. And that's what my heart needs every Easter more than anything-to be broken for Him as we remember the ultimate sacrifice.

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