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Lent books: notice board

17 January 2020

THE Church of England’s #LiveLent: Care for God’s creation: A 40-day challenge is the 2020 Lent booklet for adults (CHP, £1.99 (£1.80); 978-1-78140-167-5, -168-2 for packs of ten, and -169-9 for packs of 50), “inspired and informed by” the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book by Ruth Valerio (SPCK, see main Lent review, here). It is illustrated with stock photos; the children’s version (”For kids”) has illustrations in the style of the one shown (CHP, £1.50 (£1.35); 978-1-78140-173-6, -174-3 for packs of ten, and -175-0 for packs of 50).

Journeying with Bonhoeffer: Six steps on the path of discipleship by Andreas Loewe (Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne) and Kather­ine Firth (lecturer at La Trobe University) is a Lent book of six chapters with a biography of Bonhoeffer, “a theologian for our times”, and introductory material on how an individual, group, or whole church community can use it (Morning Star, www.morningstarpublishing.net.au, £11.56; 978-0-647-53062-7).

A popular annual compact paperback, the Irish Jesuits’ Sacred Space for Lent 2020, based on the website of that name, is a scripture reading (given in full) with points for reflection, and a weekly topic, and six steps of prayer and meditation (Messenger, £4.50 (£4.05); 9781-78812-117-0).

Alice Swain’s Flourishing in the Wilderness is for individual or (preferably) group use, and the author’s inclusion of the words of hymns and worship songs to follow a brief biblical text, a longer reflection, and questions for discussion is a special feature reflecting its Salvation Army provenance (Shield Books, £4.99; 978-1-912981-01-4, available from Salvationist Pub­lishing and Supplies: www.sps-shop.com).

Liz Hoare, of Wycliffe Hall, has written a booklet, Going on Retreat: How to make the most out of time with God, S150 (Grove Books, £3.95 (£3.55); 978-1-78827-094-6).

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