Lent 2015 – Recommended Books to Read and Discuss

January 29, 2015 — 2 Comments

 

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.

 

 

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

By Michelle Alexander

Lent is also a season of lament and repentance, and in the wake of events like those in Ferguson, Missouri, there is a lot of lament and repentance needed around issues of race. Michelle Alexander’s book is a really helpful guide to one of the deepest manifestations of racism in the United States, the criminal justice system.  This book is sure to spark conversation about issues of race and criminal justice, and if we are attentive to its message, it may serve as a guide, leading us into lament and repentance.


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