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.
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By A.J. Swoboda
Another superb new book that challenges us to live an authentic face in spite of the the darkness we experience in the world.
Real, raw, and achingly honest, A Glorious Dark meets readers in the ambiguity, doubt, and uncertainty we feel when our beliefs about the world don’t match up to reality. Tackling tough questions like Why is faith so hard? Why do I doubt? Why does God allow me to suffer? and Is God really with me in the midst of my pain? A. J. Swoboda puts into sharp focus a faith that is greater than our personal comfort or fulfillment, and what message could be more fitting for the season of Lent?
Book 10 of 10
C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at: C-Christopher-Smith.com
Great post. Would you consider putting the list of books up in an easily printable version? Thanks, Greg
Here you go:
Also, going now to get this linked in the post as well…