Lent is almost here again and I feel totally unprepared, gosh, the Christmas decorations have only just come down, anyhow it’s time to have a look at a few books for the Season.
If you didn’t read last year’s Archbishop of Canterbury’s Book for Lent from Sister Ruth Burrows OCD, called “Love Unknown” it’s worth having a read now. A gem of book, although slightly unstructured, Sister Ruth reminds me of a miner prophet, once you start digging you will blessed with nuggets of pure gold.
Whilst thinking on ++Rowan, and coming to terms with the fact that I may not be able to scrobble him across the Tiber. Nevertheless, I’m particularly drawn to ”Silence and Honey Cakes: The Wisdom of the Desert” The ever quiet, yet profound and engaging theologian brings us carefully chosen wisdom from the Desert Abbas and Mothers, drawing on their stories and reflecting on questions poignant for us in our 21st Century spiritual search. This is a ‘must read’ for me personally this Lenten.
The ABC’s Book for Lent 2013 is “Abiding” by Ben Quash. I don’t read much theology these days, and I’m not familiar myself with the author, but this review found on Amazon gives high praise …… “This is a beautiful book. It is intelligent, lucid, subtle, and very hard to put down. Ben Quash writes with great integrity and relevant personal reflections, on the meaning of ‘abiding’ in places, communities, relationships, and one’s own mind and body. Quash is Professor of Christianity and the Arts at King’s College London and each chapter employs examples from literature, films, paintings etc. These are thought provoking (sometimes surprising) and perfectly illustrate his points. A ‘popular’ rather than a strictly ‘academic’ book, this is the product of great scholarship and deep insight and there is nothing whatsoever ‘dumbed down’ about it.” …… So that’s going into my basket too.
And finally the Irish Jesuits “Sacred Space for Lent 2013″ is a must have for Lent, it’s a wonderful pocket book using the rich, simple and yet distinctive 6 step prayer method. With forty Lenten reflections offering daily Scripture readings, prayer starters and weekly Lenten themes. It gently prompts us to remember God is everywhere constantly reaching out to us, inviting us into His presence to make a sacred space in our day, where ever we are and whatever situation we are in.