Lent, Holy Week & Easter

For Lenten study alone or in groups, Holy Week reflection and Easter rejoicing.
Lent 2013 starts with Ash Wednesday 13th February - 31st March Easter Day, but many books continue into Easter Week.

Uncovering Sin

- A gateway to healing and calling

by Rosy Fairhurst


This is a Lent book, so receiving it just before Lent began was good timing. It is divided into 7 weeks, each of which has a theme, with 2 chapters each week exploring this theme. The chapters begin with a passage or two of scripture. In the first week, Fairhurst makes the good point that the context of sin is our relationship with God and tells us, on the basis of the story of the bronze serpent in Numbers 21, to look at what harms us in order to be healed. In week 2, she talks about abuse within the Church and its cover up. Although not a women's book specifically, some of what is said is of more relevance to women. In week 3, she speaks of "...the constant human tendencyÖ to make heroes and villains, but to keep from recognising that they belong within the same human beingÖ", a point we would do well to bear in mind. I was a bit taken aback, however, to read that "even Jesus had to experience the joy of being wrong". Fairhurst also sees some connection between Jesus casting out a demon called Legion and massacres by Roman legions in that region, something which is certainly not explicit in the text itself. But that aside, there is certainly food for thought here.

Review by Brian Kerr  (02/04/13)
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Publisher: SPCK (Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge)
Published: November 2012
ISBN: 978-0-281-06879-1

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The Resurrection of Peace

- A Gospel journey to Easter and beyond

by Mary C Grey


Like any pilgrimage, this one into the land that is called holy by Christians, Jews and Muslims will lead the reader deeply into reflection, with extremely thoughtful "Questions for Reflection" at the end of each chapter, and into what Professor Grey calls "a new seeing". Her passion for justice is infectious, as is her pain over the injustices suffered by the Palestinian people. The Bible inspires her as she seeks answers for "peace and conflict resolution" in Israel / Palestine. That is certainly the main issue that Mary Grey tackles, though she does refer to some other questions including the situation of Christians in the "Arab Spring" since 2010. She believes that Jesus' message was "socially, politically and economically revolutionary" and that the "Jesus movement" sought the "transformation of the Roman regime of violence and oppression into an alternative society of justice, peace, forgiveness and love". Also, Resurrection hope underlies the pilgrimage. I especially appreciated the sections on "sumud" (a spirituality of "steadfastness, persistence and patient endurance"), the Via Dolorosa, and the Bedouins of the Negev desert. Further, Mary Grey names many inspiring campaigners for peace and justice, and refers the reader to Sabeel, a movement of liberation theology among Palestinian Christians, with which she is associated. Definitely a book to read if you care about the Holy Land today!

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Review by Barry Vendy  (23/03/13)
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Publisher: SPCK (Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge)
Published: November 2012
ISBN: 978-0-281-06637-7

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Lost Sons

- Godís long search for humanity

by Michael Sadgrove


This book stems from a series of Holy Week addresses on the "lost sons" of Genesis and Exodus, rewritten, enlarged and expanded to feature several more sons who were lost. I found it skilfully written and deeply insightful. The author approaches familiar stories in illuminating and often unusual ways, for example viewing the brother who stayed at home in the Prodigal Son parable as the one who was truly lost.

Murdered; cursed; abandoned; bound; supplanted; betrayed; exiled. Michael Sadgrove attempts to find the "golden thread" that weaves through the narrative and themes of these stories, connecting them to each other and to Christ. Whilst the explicit idea of the golden thread disappears after the first chapter, I believe he succeeds both in his attempt to find this thread and to link each story to ourselves, individually all also lost sons. Michael Sadgrove has written a book that is not only an interesting and enlightening discussion on the lost sons of Genesis and Exodus and of how knowledge of these stories can aid our understanding of Christ but also a book that applies these issues to us, provoking a personal as well as academic exploration. Well worth a read.

Review by Tim Hupfield  (23/02/13)
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Publisher: SPCK (Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge)
Published: November 2012
ISBN: 978-0-281-06214-0

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Death of a Saviour

- Reflections on Good Friday

by Michael Collins


What a powerful little book of reflections for Good Friday! One that is heavy on the political comparisons of Jesus' time and suffering and our own. It is intense, insightful and keen but not laboured or exclusionary to those not into political theology, rather anyone with a consideration for justice and peace would find it of interest, with a good balance between reflection and action.

There is some very strong material here that is totally biblically sound and insightful, and that is this book's real power. It is good for individual use but some of it really would be fantastic to use on Good Friday in services, and some of it could also be adapted and used as the basis of a group study, either at Lent or any other time. An excellent little book.

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Review by Melanie Carroll  (08/02/13)
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Publisher: Columba Press
Published: January 2013
ISBN: 978-1-782-18022-7

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Abiding - The Archbishop of Canterbury's Lent Book 2013



by Ben Quash


This years 'Archbishop of Canterbury's Lent Book' (the last one to be chosen by Rowan Williams) is from King's College London's Professor of Christian Theology and the Arts and it shows through in the book. Ben Quash has written a book on a subject I think many of us don't really think about very often, if at all - that of abiding (indeed if used in these days). He puts over his ideas of abiding in a fresh and relevant way by using images of characters taken from film, literature and Christian history that can be used as exemplars of how abiding can be seen and understood within the context of life, church, etc.. These characters reflect back on each other as well as on the particular theme they are used to carry. With seven chapters covering the themes of body, mind, care, relationships, exile, wounds, peace and finally a lovely epilogue (Who may abide) that addresses how we can practically carry the idea of abiding forward into our lives and communities, this is an interesting Lenten read. Not short on theology but graced with a 'popular' feel that makes it more interesting than challenging to read - and this can only be a good thing - something that demonstrates well the author's talent in his field.

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Review by Melanie Carroll  (28/01/13)
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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Published: November 2012
ISBN: 978-1-441-15111-7

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When You Pray

- Daily Bible reflections for Lent and Easter on the Lord's Prayer

by Joanna Collicutt


This year's BRF Lent book by Joanna Collicutt is a daily Bible reflection based on the Lord's Prayer. Using the Lord's Prayer as the frame of reflection for each day's Bible reading certainly rounds out and deepens the Lord's Prayer, and our understanding of how we can see so much of the Bible reflected back in that one prayer. For each of the five weeks and Holy Week, Collicutt focuses on one line or refrain from the Lord's Prayer for her daily reflections, these break down as: Father, May Your Name be Holy; Your Kingdom Come; Give Us Each Day Our Daily Bread; And Forgive Us Our Sins For We Ourselves Forgive Each One Who Is In Debt to Us; and Do Not Put Us to the Test. At the end of these on Easter Day she then reflects us back to a previous reading from earlier that reflected on 'Your Kingdom Has Come' - an interesting move, and one I personally like because it reflects the nature of Easter and Lent, dying and restoring to new life, a return to things past but made new by where we are in the cycle. With each day's reading being no more than three pages in total - including the full Bible reading for that day's reflection and a one line prayer this is not an onerous task to undertake daily for your Lenten journey, and the meditative and reflective style of writing adds no burden to the experience.
At the very end of the book there is also a series of questions so that you could if wanted use this book as the basis for a weekly Lent course too. Of course though this book is aimed at the Lenten journey, with its emphasis on the Lord's Prayer it could be used at any time of the year and would make for quite a good group study on the Lord's Prayer itself.

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Review by Melanie Carroll  (28/01/13)
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Publisher: BRF (Bible Reading Fellowship)
Published: 23 November 2012
ISBN: 978-0-857-46089-9

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The Shape of Living



by David F Ford

ISBN: 978-1-848-25247-9
Price: £9.99

Published: October 2012
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The Living Gospel

- Daily Devotions for Lent 2013

by R Scott Hurd

ISBN: 978-1-594-71363-7
Price: £2.99

Published: January 2013
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Lent Is For Loving

- A Lent course about Love

by Sheila Cassidy

ISBN: 978-0-232-52981-4
Price: £5.99

Published: November 2012
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Friends, Foes and Families

- Lenten meditations on Bible characters and relationships

by Judith Dimond

ISBN: 978-0-281-06456-4
Price: £7.99

Published: November 2012
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Glimpses of God

- A Course in Five Sessions

by Course booklet written by Canon David Winter

ISBN: 978-0-955-74378-8
Price: £3.90

Published: Spring 2012
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Journeying With Jesus

- Personal Reflections On The Stations Of The Cross And Resurrection: The Mowbray Lent Book

by Ed. Lucy Russell

ISBN: 978-1-408-18207-9
Price: £9.99

Published: 08 November 2012
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The Day Jesus Died



by Dick Bradnum

ISBN: 978-1-844-26770-5
Price: £7.99(plus P&P)

Published: 2011
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Fast & Feast

- A Daily Reflective journey Through Lent

by John Cox

ISBN: 978-1-848-67078-5
Price: £10.99

Published: 2008
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Finding a Voice

- A Lent Course Based on The Kingís Speech

by Hilary Brand

ISBN: 978-0-232-52893-0
Price: £5.99

Published: December 2011
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On the Way To The Cross

- 40 Days With the Church Fathers

by Thomas C. Oden and Joel C. Elowsky

ISBN: 978-0-830-83567-6
Price: £6.99

Published: December 2012
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Lent for Everyone: Mark, Year B



by Tom Wright

ISBN: 978-0-281-06222-5
Price: £6.99

Published: January 2012
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Love Unknown

- The Archbishop of Canterburyís Lent Book 2012

by Ruth Burrows OCD

ISBN: 978-1-441-10372-7
Price: £9.99

Published: 17 November 2011
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Stations of the Nativity, Cross and Resurrection



by Raymond Chapman

ISBN: 978-1-848-25113-7
Price: £12.99

Published: 31 October 2011
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Love Set Free

- Meditations on Christís Passion

by Martin L. Smith

ISBN: 978-1-848-25100-7
Price: £7.99

Published: 31 October 2011
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On Retreat: A Lenten Journey

- Mowbray Lent Book

by Andrew Walker

ISBN: 978-0-826-43169-1
Price: £9.99

Published: 08 December 2011
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The Naturalist and The Christ

- A Lent Course based on the film Creation

by Tim Heaton

ISBN: 978-1-846-94762-9
Price: £7.99

Published: November 2011
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The Heartís Time



by Janet Morley

ISBN: 978-0-281-06372-7
Price: £9.99

Published: November 2011
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The Way of the Desert

- Daily Bible Readings Through Lent to Easter

by Andrew Watson

ISBN: 978-1-841-01798-3
Price: £7.99

Published: November 2011
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Handing On the Torch

- Sacred Words for a Secular World Ė A Course in Five Sessions for Lent 2012

Written by John Young

ISBN: 978-0-955-74376-4

Published: Spring 2011
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The Nail

- Being Part of the Passion

by Stephen Cottrell

ISBN: 978-0-281-06635-3
Price: £6.99

Published: November 2011
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You Will be My Witness

- Meditations for the Easter Season (Sundays and Weekdays)

by Bishop Michael Campbell

ISBN: 978-0-854-39810-2
Price: £8.75

Published: 2011
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The Body of Christ

- The Shudder of Blissful Truth

by Sebastian Moore

ISBN: 978-0-232-52857-2
Price: £14.99

Published: 20 May 2011
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Hope for Easter

- Do More Together, in Word and Action

by Liza Hoeksma and Lawrence Singlehurst

ISBN: 978-1-860-24822-1
Price: £4.99

Published: 20 January 2011
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Praying At Easter



by Donal Neary SJ

ISBN: 978-1-856-07731-6
Price: £4.99

Published: 11 April 2011
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Beyond Crucifixion

- Meditations on Surviving Sexual Abuse

by Beth Crisp

ISBN: 978-0-232-52843-5
Price: £10.99

Published: 11 November 2010
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Exploring Godís Mercy

- Five Images of Salvation

by Steven Croft

ISBN: 978-0-715-14224-0
Price: £5.99

Published: Spring 2010
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Come and See



by Stephen Cottrell

ISBN: 978-1-841-01843-0
Price: £6.99

Published: 18 February 2011
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