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Books for Lent

Are you looking for books for Lent that will help you grow closer to Christ? Here are a few recommended ones:

Passion of Jesus Christ by John Piper  John Piper’s writing is deep and full of Gospel truth.  These 50 short, but meaty devotionals read like Piper’s preaching and are focused on the “50 Reasons Why Christ Suffered and Died.”

There is only one explanation for God’s sacrifice for us. It is not us. It is “the riches of his grace” (Ephesians 1:7).  It is all free.  It is not a response to our worth. It is the overflow of his infinite worth. In fact, that is what divine love is in the end: a passion to enthrall undeserving sinners, at great cost, with what will make us supremely happy forever, namely, his infinite beauty.

Reliving the Passion by Walter Wangerin Jr.  I saw this book recommended on another blog and have really enjoyed Wangerin’s style, which mixes story-driven details of the Gospel  with his own emotional insights.

The Lord Jesus, the same night in which he was betrayed, took bread.” Oh, let that pastor murmur those words, the same night, with awe.  For who among us can hear them just before receiving the gift of Christ’s intimacy and not be overcome with wonder, stunned at such astonishing love?  The context qualifies that love.  The time defines it.  And ever and ever again, these words remind us of the times: The same night in which he was betrayed–

Lent for Everyone (Mark Year B) by NT Wright  Our church has used this book for Lent and each day it includes a scripture, reflection, and prayer.  Although this one uses the book of Mark, there are other books for Lent (by the same author) that use Matthew and Luke.

We sometimes think of ‘repentance’ as being about going back, going back, wearily, the place you went wrong, finally making a clean breast of it and then hoping you can start again. But John’s message of repentance was essentially forward-looking.  God’s doing a new thing, so we have got to get ready!

New Morning Mercies: A Daily Gospel Devotional by Paul Tripp. I used this devotional last year and loved the way Paul Tripp was able to communicate profound gospel truths in simple language. It’s designed to use year round, but you could pick this up at any point through the year, including Lent.

Sacred Rhythms by Ruth Haley Barton. We used this book for a women’s Bible study a few years ago and I loved it.  Not exactly a book for Lent, but if drawing closer to Christ is the goal, this one contains some great activities that will help foster your spiritual growth.

“Do you long for a deep, fundamental change in your life with God? Do you desire a greater intimacy with God? Do you wonder how you might truly live your life as God created you to live it? Spiritual disciplines are activities that open us to God’s transforming love and the changes that only God can bring about in our lives.”

 

The Gospel Coalition offers this Lenten devotional which has a theme for each week: repentance, humility, lament, suffering, sacrifice and death through a pattern of call to worship, confession, contemplation and closing prayer.

As you begin this journey of Lent, you must start with rending your heart—tearing it from self-absorption and binding yourself (mind and devotion) to Jesus. Regardless of your current state or your proneness to wander, you must “Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love” (Joel 2:13). After all, Lent is not about your faithfulness, but rather about the faithfulness of Jesus on your behalf.

Ann Voscamp offers a simple Lenten devotional designed to build spiritual foundations under your roof. You must subscribe in order to get the free devotional

 

Family Book for Lent

The Jesus Storybook bible: We love this Bible story book the whole year long. Our two-year-old can sit through these Bible stories and yet it holds the attention of older kids (and adults too!)

Francis Chan’s Gospel of Mark from Right Now Media. For those who would rather watch something, check out Francis Chan’s Gospel of Mark which was filmed in Israel.

I hope these recommended resources and books for Lent help draw you closer to Christ this season!

 

 

Sara

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