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Notice board: Lenten reading

19 January 2018

AFTER widespread engagement with the #GodWithUs campaign, Church House Publishing has rushed out #Live Lent: Let your light shine by the same author, John Kiddle: daily readings (Bible needed), with “Pause. . . Pray. . . Witness” suggestions. Booklets are £2.99 (£2.70); 978-1-78140-082-1; packs of ten for £25, and of 50 for £115.

Also from CHP come the established annual Reflections for Lent: 14 February-31 March 2018, this year by Gillian Cooper, Martyn Percy, Jane Williams, and Jeremy Worthen; Lent is introduced by Christopher Herbert (£4.99 (£4.50); 978-1-78140-027-2).

Looking through Jesus: Lenten reflections on St Luke’s Gospel by Alan Bartlett, a canon and Clergy Development Adviser in Durham diocese (£6.99 (£6.30); 978-1-84867-930-6), is from Kevin Mayhew, as is A Letter for Lent: A group Lent course based on Paul’s letter to the Colossians by Patrick Coghlan, a Baptist minister in Norfolk (£5.99 (£5.40); 978-1-84867-934-4).

From the United States, Peter M. Wallace, an Episcopalian priest in Atlanta diocese, writes Getting to Know Jesus (Again): Med­­itations for Lent, which has short Bible readings (in full), followed by a reflection and suggestions for ways to “Get Real. . . Dig In. . . Read On. . . [and] Take Off” (Church Publish­ing, £9.99 (£9); 978-0-8192-3361-5).

From Ave Maria Press come Douglas Leonard’s Sacred Reading for Lent 2018, comprising the daily Gospels (printed in full) with simple helps to an Ignatian approach to praying with them (£2.99 (£2.70); 978-1-59471-775-8); and The Living Gospel: Daily devotions for Lent 2018 by Ann M. Garido. Her simple five-step approach includes a Bible verse, an act of will, and short prayers (£2.99 (£2.70); 978-1-59471-779-6).

From David C. Cook comes The Good Book: 40 chapters that reveal the Bible’s biggest ideas by Deron Spoo, a Baptist pastor in Tulsa, Oklahoma (£9.99 (£9); 978-1-4347-1150-2), Bible chapters given in full.


FURTHER help in Lent and at other times is offered in In All Seasons, For All Reasons by James Martin SJ (SPCK, £6.99 (£6.30); 978-0-281-07945-2), which reflects on praying within and through the Church’s Catholic traditions.

Seeking Aliveness: Daily reflec­­tions on a new way to experience and practise the Christian faith by Brian D. McLaren offers a year’s immersion in Christian teaching (not tied to the church calendar) and something to do each day. It is commended by Paula Gooder (Hodder & Stoughton, £14.99 (CT Bookshop special price £12.99); 978-1-473-67141-6).

Finding God in the Mess: Medita­­tions for mindful living by Jim Deeds and Brenda McManus SJ has plenty of colour photos and space to write answers to questions (Messenger Publications, £8.95 (£8.05); 978-1-910248-84-3): for daily or group use (and mindful in an Ignatian sort of way).

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