One of the great things about Lent is that it is an opportunity to genuinely reflect on ourselves and our relationship with God. Thankfully, there are tons of great resources available to help us in the quest to grow in depth and understanding of what it looks like to follow Jesus.
We’ve put together a list of ten books from top Christian writers to help you with your Lenten journey this year.
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40 Days of Decrease: A Different Kind of Hunger. A Different Kind of Fast
By Alica Britt Chole
Via readings, refection questions, daily fasts, ancient quotes, and more, this is the dream of 40 Days of Decrease: A Different Kind of Hunger. A Different Kind of Fast.
Every day offers a meaningful consideration of Jesus’ journey and then invites readers into a daily fast of heart-clutter, the stuff that sticks to our souls and weighs us down.
Preparing For Easter: 50 Devotional Readings
By C.S. Lewis
Preparing for Easter is a concise, handy companion for the faithful of all Christian traditions and the curious to help them deepen their knowledge and consideration of this holy season—a time of reflection as we consider Jesus’s sacrifice and his joyous rise from the dead.
Walk With Jesus: Stations Of The Cross
By Henry Nouwen
This book of meditations by Henri Nouwen, inspired by a series of drawings by Sr. Helen David, represents traditional Stations of the Cross through the passion and suffering of the world’s poor. A political prisoner behind bars, a peasant burdened by a load of wood, an abandoned child, a mother grieving for her murdered son, an exhausted farmer, four martyred churchwomen . . . In these images Nouwen sees the ongoing passion of Christ.
Wondrous Encounters: Scripture For Lent
By Richard Rohr
Richard Rohr begins each meditation with a single title or phrase that sums up the point. Then he offers the meditation followed by key passages from the readings. He ends each meditation with a Starter Prayer that invites you to self-disclosure and to enter the wondrous divine dialogue with clarity, insight—and holy desire!
Pauses For Lent: 40 Words For 40 Days
By Trevor Hudson
Sometimes a pause is good for the soul. It gives us the chance to regroup, reflect, and refocus on God. In Pauses for Lent, Trevor Hudson offers a beautifully minimalist book in which he focuses on one word for each day of Lent. You are invited to pause, focus on the word, read a scripture and a brief meditation related to the word, and then offer a prayer.
A Way Other Than Our Own: Devotions For Lent
By Walter Brueggemann
Lent recalls times of wilderness and wandering, from newly freed Hebrew slaves in exile to Jesus temptation in the desert. God has always called people out of their safe, walled cities into uncomfortable places, revealing paths they would never have chosen. Walter Brueggemann’s thought-provoking reflections for the season of Lent invite us to consider the challenging, beautiful life that comes with walking the way of grace.
Lent For Everyone
By N.T. Wright
Lent For Everyone provides readers with an inspirational guide through the Lenten season, from Ash Wednesday through the week after Easter. Popular biblical scholar and author N. T. Wright provides his own Scripture translation, brief reflection, and a prayer for each day of the season, helping readers ponder how the text is relevant to their own lives.
Bread And Wine: Readings For Lent And Easter
By Shauna Niequist
Bread & Wine is a collection of essays about family relationships, friendships, and the meals that bring us together. This mix of Anne Lamott and Barefoot Contessa is a funny, honest, and vulnerable spiritual memoir. Bread & Wine is a celebration of food shared, reminding readers of the joy found in a life around the table.
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Spiritual Disciplines Handbook
By Adele Ahlberg Calhoun
Note From Us
This book is undoubtedly one of my (Alexis) favorite possessions. It’s a guide through many spiritual disciplines and prayer practices, explaining what they are, ways to implement them, and unique ideas for incorporating into your faith practice.
There is a new version out now that adds to the already unbelievable original copy. A must have for anyone serious about spiritual practices in following Jesus!
The Voice Bible
- Note From Us:
The Voice has been our favorite Bible over the past few years, and we’d really love for you to have access to this version, if you don’t already!
In essence, The Voice presents Scripture in a format similar to a screenplay, which makes it particularly easy to comprehend and follow the story and message of Scripture.
The Voice is a paraphrase that is an absolute joy experience. Whenever we just want to sit and feel God speaking, the Voice is a tremendous resource.
Spiritually Hungry’s Lent Challenge
Finally, we have one last resource you can check out! It’s Spiritually Hungry’s Lent Challenge, which is a FREE guidebook you can follow the entire Lent season, and will provide you tons of ideas, reflection opportunities, and spiritual practice as you prepare your heart for Easter. Check it out by clicking the button below!
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