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
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