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A little Lent reading

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The purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer for Easter, and many will see it as a time to give up luxuries and adopt a stance of self-denial.

Prayer is also an important aspect of preparation which can take many forms including traditional Bible study and reading. Below we take a look at eight contemporary texts - both fiction and non fiction - which explore faith in our modern world. They make for interesting reading, whether you are a believer or not.

 

At Home in Lent, by Gordon Giles

Here is an original way of approaching Lent, one that will encourage you to consider your own faith journey in the light of the Easter story. Inspired by Ian McGregor's Radio 4 programme, 'The History of the World in 100 Objects', Gordon Giles spends each week in a different room gleaning spiritual lessons from everyday household objects. As a result, you might discover that finding God in the normal pattern of life - even in the mundane - transforms how you approach each day. Running as a thread through it all are the seven Rs of Lent: regret, repentance, resolution, recognition, reconciliation, renewal and resurrection.

Leota’s Garden, by Francine Rivers

Leota's garden was once a place of beauty, where flowers bloomed, and hope thrived. It was her refuge from the deep wounds inflicted by a devastating war. Years later when alone and elderly, God brings a wind of change through unlikely means: one, a college student who thinks he has all the answers; the other, the granddaughter Leota never hoped to know. Emotions from greed, love, bitterness, and regret are all covered in a thought-provoking story that will encourage the reader to look inward at their own attitudes.  

When People Are Big and God is Small, by Edward T. Wetch

Need people less. Love people more. We live in a world and culture in which people place far too much emphasis on what others think. This self-help style book offers a faith based perspective on how to overcome these difficulties to become the person we are capable of being.

The Case for Christ, by Lee Strobel

A seasoned journalist chases down the biggest story in history. Is there credible evidence that Jesus of Nazareth really is the son of God? With the dramatic scenario of an investigative journalist pursuing his leads, Lee Strobel traces his own journey from atheism to faith and uses his experience as a Chicago Tribune reporter to interview experts about the evidence for Christ from the fields of science, philosophy, and history.

The cross and the Switchblade, by David Wilkerson

The Cross and the Switchblade is a book written in 1962 by pastor David Wilkerson with John and Elizabeth Sherrill. It tells the true story of Wilkerson's first five years in New York City, where he ministered to disillusioned youth, encouraging them to turn away from the drugs and gang violence they were involved with and to turn to Jesus. The inspirational true story of a country preacher and his mission on the streets of New York City.

 

What’s so amazing about grace?, by Phillip Yancey

 In 1987, an IRA bomb buried Gordon Wilson and his twenty-year-old daughter beneath five feet of rubble. Gordon alone survived. And forgave. He said of the bombers, "I have lost my daughter, but I bear no grudge... I shall pray, tonight and every night, that God will forgive them." His words caught the media's ear--and out of one man's grief, the world got a glimpse of grace. Give your faith a spring-clean and read this book. You won't agree with everything in it either. You're not supposed to.

 

The Hiding Place, by Corrie Ten Boom

The Hiding Place is one of the most inspirational books ever written -  the true story of Corrie Ten Boom, a Dutch Christian who survived the Second World War. This is a story about faith and the power it gives a person courage to forsake your own safety in the hope of saving someone else. A book to remind us of the good in humankind.

 

Lifelines, by Mike Pilavachi

Much of what we learn comes from the people we live with. We see and share their worlds and, without realizing it, are shaped by them. So what would it be like if we could share in the lives of the great heroes of the faith? In Lifelines, Mike Pilavachi help us understand what the stories of these biblical characters we know from Sunday school days, have to teach us about how to live lives full of faith and integrity today.

 




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