Lent is almost upon us again …
(Ash Wednesday is Feb 18…)
I’ve been asked a few times recently to recommend some books on Lenten themes that churches might read and discuss this year during Lent. And since, I think reading and discussing books together is an important practice for the health and well-being of churches, here are 10 new-ish books that would be appropriate for reading and discussion during Lent. I offer each one with a brief explanation of why I have included it.
NOTE: I’m not recommending that any church or individual should read ALL of these books during Lent, but wanted to offer a range of options so that churches might have some flexibility in picking a book to read and discuss during Lent.
By Jen Pollock Michel
One important purpose of the traditional practice of fasting during Lent is to help us reflect on our desires, and the ways in which we are often held hostage to them. This 2014 Christianity Today Book-of-the-Year is a well-written meditation on desire in the Christian faith.
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