The season of Lent begins this Wednesday, February 18th.
If you’re looking for resources for personal reflection or family devotion, I thought I’d share what we’ll be reading:
Behold the King of Glory by Russ Ramsey
This book’s companion Advent devotional, Behold the Lamb of God, has become a staple in our home. Ramsey’s writing is rich with imagery and steeped in sound theology. He invites, challenges, reveals and inspires – all while drawing us more deeply into the Greatest of Stories. For more about the heart behind and content found in Behold the King of Glory, you can read Ramsey’s recent interview with Barnabas Piper.
The Word in the Wilderness: A Poem a Day for Lent and Easter by Malcolm Guite
Last year during Lent, our family read through the corresponding sonnets from Malcolm Guite’s Sounding of the Seasons together. In response, the children illuminated a few of the readings that were particularly meaningful to them. Although a stretch for all of us, Guite’s poetry played a significant part in preparing our hearts for Easter. The Word in the Wilderness includes poetry and meditative prose from Guite as well as a number of poems from classical and contemporary poets.
If you’re looking for something to read with younger children:
Vinegar Boy by Alberta Hawse
Amon’s Adventure Arnold Ytreeide
Both Amon’s Adventure* and Vinegar Boy transport the reader back in time to experience the culture, social climate, political dynamics leading up to the crucifixion through the eyes of one who was there. Either would be an excellent choice for families with children of all ages.
*Amon’s Adventure is a companion book to the Jotham’s Journey Advent series by Ytreeide.
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Do you have any recommendations for reading during the Lenten season?