Lent — Easter 2018 Selection

Lent and Easter 2018 Featured Books

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Preaching, Worship, Theology

Inventing the Passion:
How the Death of Jesus Was Remembered .
ur J Dewey.
Pbk.226pp. ISBN 9781598151763. Polebridge Press. (2017).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

This historical primer on the death of Jesus examines the evidence of Jesus’ crucifixion, explains how crucifixion worked in the Roman Empire, and explores how and why it was remembered by followers of Jesus.

“Dewey’s investigation of the the passion story in the gospels is not only learned and accessible but exciting: it should challenge the way we read our scriptures as well as our understanding of the past itself.” Karen Armstrong

“The origins of the passion account are controversial, complicated, and confusing. Arthur Dewey has put forth a bold and radical proposal in way that is easily understood. This book changes the way we will look at the way the passion accounts came to be.” Bernard Brandon Scott, Phillips Theological Seminary


Resurrecting Easter:
How the West Lost and the East Kept the Original Easter Vision.
John Dominic Crossan; Sarah Crossan. Hbk 224pp. ISBN 9780062434180. HarperOne (2018).
[Allow 4-6 weeks].

A fundamentally different way of understanding the story of Jesus’ rebirth illustrated with fifty images, Resurrecting Easter introduces an inclusive, traditional community-based ideal that offers renewed hope and possibilities for our fractured modern society.

In this full-colour illustrated journey that is part travelogue and part theological investigation, bestselling author and acclaimed Bible scholar John Dominic Crossan painstakingly travels throughout the ancient Eastern church, documenting through text and image a completely different model for understanding Easter’s resurrection story, one that provides promise and hope for us today.

Traveling the world, Crossan noticed a surprising difference in how the Eastern Church considers Jesus’ resurrection—an event not described in the Bible. At Saint Barbara’s Church in Cairo, he found a painting in which the risen Jesus grasps the hands of other figures around him. Unlike the Western image of a solitary Jesus rising from an empty tomb that he viewed across Eastern Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, he saw images of the resurrection depicting a Jesus grasping the hands of figures around him, or lifting Adam and Eve to heaven from Hades or hell, or carrying the old and sick to the afterlife. Crossan discovered that the standard image for the Resurrection in Eastern Christianity is communal and collective, something unique from the solitary depiction of the resurrection in Western Christianity.

Fifteen years in the making, Resurrecting Easter reflects on this divide in how the Western and Eastern churches depict the resurrection and its implications. Crossan argues that the West has gutted the heart of Christianity’s understanding of the resurrection by rejecting that once-common communal iconography in favour of an individualistic vision. As he examines the ubiquitous Eastern imagery of Jesus freeing Eve from Hades while ascending to heaven, Crossan suggests that this iconography raises profound questions about Christian morality and forgiveness.

The Crucifixion:
Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ.
Fleming Rutledge.
Pbk. 669pp. ISBN 9780802875341. Eerdmans. (2017).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

Though the apostle Paul boldly proclaimed “Christ crucified” as the heart of the gospel, Fleming Rutledge notes that preaching about the cross of Christ is remarkably neglected in most churches today. In this book Rutledge addresses the issues and controversies that have caused pastors to speak of the cross only in the most general, bland terms, precluding a full understanding and embrace of the gospel by their congregations.

Countering our contemporary tendency to bypass Jesus’ crucifixion, Rutledge in these pages examines in depth all the various themes and motifs used by the New Testament evangelists and apostolic writers to explain the meaning of the cross of Christ. She mines the classical writings of the Church Fathers, the medieval scholastics, and the Reformers as well as more recent scholarship, while bringing them all into contemporary context.

Widely known for her preaching, Rutledge seeks to encourage preachers, teachers, and anyone else interested in what Christians believe to be the central event of world history.

Gathering – Subscription 4 issues p.a.
Published by the United Church of Canada.
[3 copies of Lent – Easter 2018 issue in stock] Add_to_Cart_Button

Published four times a year, Gathering is a worship planning resource for ministers, lay preachers, music directors and worship teams.

Each issue comprises 92 pages of A4, black and white photocopied sheets.

For each Sunday or feast day Gathering provides:

  • a one line summary of each lectionary reading
  • an overall theme spark
  • a children’s talk idea
  • a sermon starter, and
  • titles and sources of suggested hymns/songs.

There are also Calls to Worship, Prayers of Approach, Words of Assurance, Offering prayers and benedictions. And each issue has materials around a central theme.

Dust That Dreams of Glory:
Reflections on Lent and Holy Week.
Michael Mayne.
Pbk 128pp. ISBN 9781786220172.

Canterbury Press (2017).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

A collection of never-before-published seasonal material for Lent and Holy Week by the much-loved Anglican priest and writer Michael Mayne.

Mayne was one of Anglicanism’s most compelling and attractive voices, a gifted preacher and writer whose works have remained popular. This collection offers material from Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday, including a sequence of seven meditations on the words of Christ from the cross. These unpublished writings are offered as both a preaching and devotional resource at a time of the year when many seek fresh ways of opening up familiar texts.

Devotions and Study Guides


A Place for God:

The Mowbray Lent Book 2018.

Graham James.
Pbk 304pp. ISBN 9781472945266.
Continuum (2018).
[Allow 3-4 weeks]

Graham James turns his attention to places, from the Flinders Ranges in Australia to Devil’s Island (French Guiana) via the Holy Land, Center Parcs and Holborn Underground Station.

Each chapter offers a daily reflection, beginning with a suggested Bible reading and ending with a short prayer, and employing the same engaging combination of autobiography, history and spirituality. Some of the locations are well known and others very obscure: what they have in common is the part they have played in the author’s life, in enabling his ‘discovery of the divine in the landscape and the built environment, and of a God who always locates himself in our world, supremely revealed in Jesus of Nazareth.’



Dethroning Mammon:
Making Money Serve Grace:
The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book 2017.

Justin Welby.
Pbk 192pp. ISBN 9781472929778.
Continuum (2017).

[Allow 3-4 weeks]

In his first full-length book Justin Welby looks at the subject of money and materialism.

Designed for study in the weeks of Lent leading up to Easter, Dethroning Mammon reflects on the impact of our own attitudes, and of the pressures that surround us, on how we handle the power of money, called Mammon in this book.

  • Who will be on the throne of our lives?
  • Who will direct our actions and attitudes?
  • Is it Jesus Christ, who brings truth, hope and freedom?
  • Or is it Mammon, so attractive, so clear, but leading us into paths that tangle, trip and deceive?

Archbishop Justin explores the tensions that arise in a society dominated by Mammon’s modern aliases, economics and finance, and by the pressures of our culture to conform to Mammon’s expectations. Following the Gospels towards Easter, this book asks the reader what it means to dethrone Mammon in the values and priorities of our civilisation and in our own existence. Welby challenges us to use Lent as a time of learning to trust in the abundance and grace of God.

The Cross Walk – eBook.
Anna Johnstone.
PDF. 80pp. ISBN 9780473105785.
Johnstone2 Photography (2010).
[In stock – we will email this book to you]

“…If you are looking for a book to nurture your spirit, a book to give a friend who is searching, struggling or celebrating, a book to give someone new to the Christian Faith, a book which will become someone’s treasure – you have found it.…

…I remember my delight coming upon Anna’s The God Walk: the fresh, insightful writing, the beautiful, complementary photographs, the deep spirituality. Readers can now welcome Anna’s third volume, The Cross Walk.

This is a volume to lift the spirit, to warm the heart. Anna’s reflective, dramatic monologues embrace the good news of God’s love in Jesus in a charming, conversational, grounded spirit.

Be ready for astonishing, wonderful words…

Anna is a woman of warmth and sparkle, making her way on her own faith and life journey as a wife and mother, friend and colleague. She offers us something of herself and blesses us.” — from the Foreword by John Hunt, author.

Other PDF eBooks by Anna Johnstone:

The God Walk – PDF.
84pp. ISBN 9780476000483. (2010)
[In stock – we will email this book to you]

The first in a series of books of reflections and photos:

  • to use for inspiration, enjoyment, comfort
  • to share in services, Quiet Days, retreats
  • to offer spiritual nourishment to hungry hearts

The Freedom Walk – PDF.
84pp (2010). ISBN 9780476008922.
[In stock – we will email this book to you]

Lord of life, giver of days
my heart breathes your name
and seeks you for only in finding you
will I find myself
and be free

The second book of Anna’s inspirational reflections and images, in which she explores the freedom of knowing oneself and the amazing freedom of knowing God

The Psalm Walk – PDF.
78pp. (2010). ISBN 9780473165628.
[In stock – we will email this book to you as two separate PDF files]

The first of Anna’s books to be designed specifically as an electronic book (eBook). This allows colour images to be used on every page, with images matching her reflections to create a powerful book exploring the Psalms.

Click here for a PDF of some sample pages from The Psalm Walk.

The Jesus Walk – PDF. 84pp.
(2014). ISBN 9780473278625.
[In stock – we will email this book to you]

Anna Johnstone asked herself if the world needed another book about Jesus. The answer was obvious. Yes, yes, yes, because the Word made flesh is relevant to every age, every culture and every person in that culture.

Preparing For Easter:
Fifty Devotional Readings.
C S Lewis.
Hbk. 224pp. ISBN 9780008263218.
HarperCollins. (2017).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

Preparing for Easter is a concise, handy companion for the faithful of all Christian traditions and the curious to help them deepen their knowledge and consideration of this holy season – a time of reflection as we consider Jesus’s sacrifice and his joyous rise from the dead.

Together in one special volume, selections from the best of beloved, bestselling author C. S. Lewis’s classic works for readers contemplating the ‘grand miracle’ of Jesus’s resurrection.Carefully curated, each selection in Preparing for Easter draws on a major theme in Lewis’s writings on the Christian life, as well as others that consider why we can have confident faith in what happened on the cross.

Pauses for Pentecost:
50 Words for Easter People.
Trevor Hudson.
Pbk. ISBN 9780835817639.
Abingdon (2018).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

In Pauses for Pentecost, Trevor Hudson leads readers to focus on one word and scripture verse each day.

Pentecost is a holy day when Christians commemorate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the early followers of Jesus Christ. Originating from a Greek word meaning “50th day,” Pentecost occurred 50 days after Christ’s resurrection. Before the events of Pentecost, Jesus had followers, but there was no movement that could really be called the church. Pentecost is considered the birthday of the church.He invites us to pause for just a few minutes to read the brief daily reflection and do a simple practice. The beauty of this book is its simplicity, and the thoughtful meditations guide us to a deeper understanding of the meaning of Pentecost.

A Way Other Than Our Own:
Devotions for Lent.
Walter Brueggemann.
Pbk 96pp. ISBN 9780664261696.
Westminster John Knox (2016).
[1 in stock, then allow 2-3 weeks].

Walter Brueggemann’s thought-provoking reflections for the season of Lent invite us to consider the challenging, beautiful life that comes with walking the way of grace.

Lent recalls times of wilderness and wandering, from newly freed Hebrew slaves in exile to Jesus temptation in the desert. God has always called people out of their safe, walled cities into uncomfortable places, revealing paths they would never have chosen. Despite our culture of self-indulgence, we too are called to walk an alternative path one of humility, justice, and peace.

The Mystery of Everything:
A Lent Course Based Around the Film the Theory of Everything.
Hilary Brand.
Pbk 160pp. ISBN 9780232532081.
Darton, Longman & Todd (2015).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

Based on the Oscar-winning film The Theory of Everythingsee DVD below, this course deals with struggles of reason versus faith, the romantic versus the pragmatic, success and failure, the complications of relationships under pressure, and seeking understanding versus living with mystery.

Daily readings present the Bible as a book struggling to make sense of life, rather than a book of absolute answers, but finding meaning in the face of mystery via the paradox of humility and trust before God. It is designed to be studied by groups or individuals alongside the DVD of the movie.


The Theory Of Everything – DVD.
James Marsh director.
DVD Zone 1. 124 mins.
ISBN 9786315785375.
Universal Home Video (2015).
[Allow 4-6 weeks].

NB: You need a multi-region DVD player for this DVD

This is the extraordinary story of one of the world’s greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde.

Starring Eddie Redmayne (Les Misérables) and Felicity Jones (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Once a healthy, active young man, Hawking received an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age.With Jane fighting tirelessly by his side, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of – time.

Together, they defy impossible odds, breaking new ground in medicine and science, and achieving more than they could ever have dreamed. The film is based on the memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen, by Jane Hawking, and is directed by Academy Award winner James Marsh (Man on Wire).

The Lord Is Our Salvation:
A Lenten Study Based on the Revised Common Lectionary.
Katie Z Dawson.

Pbk 112pp. ISBN 9781501847899.
Abingdon (2017).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

Explore the restoration and wholeness of God’s redeeming love.

The Lord Is Our Salvation invites us to explore God’s saving and redeeming love through a study of the scripture readings for Lent and Easter. Author Katie Z. Dawson invites us to a deeper understanding of the salvation Christ offers by exploring the various ways God restores us and our world to wholeness. Through each week of Lent, Dawson opens the Scriptures to show God’s redemption at work in the men, women, and communities of the Bible. In her personal and insightful reflections, readers will hear a call to embrace Christ’s salvation in their lives and in the world around them.Based upon the Revised Common Lectionary scriptures for year B of the church year, the study includes commentary and reflection on readings from the Old Testament, the Gospels, and the Epistles. It offers the opportunity to explore these key Bible readings in a seven-session study. It will help participants understand, appreciate, and engage in meaningful and life-changing spiritual practices and to offer gratitude for God’s salvation through Jesus Christ.The study book includes a leader guide with information about the season of Lent, suggestions for starting and leading small groups, Bible background, and discussion activities.

According to Your Mercy:
Praying With the Psalms from Ash Wednesday to Easter.
Martin Shannon.

Pbk 128pp. ISBN 9781612617732.
Paraclete (2017).
[Allow 3-4 weeks]

Readers will discover the power of the psalms to inspire their own Lenten journey towards Easter.

Many have called the psalms a ‘school of prayer’ and indeed St. Augustine in his Confessions wrote that the psalms could be a stepping stone to deeper conversation with God. These ancient words from Scripture mirror our own thoughts and emotions—celebration and praise, suffering and lament, gratitude and asking for help—as relevant today as when they were first sung in the Temple.

Fr. Martin Shannon brings deep teaching as well as the personal encounter of someone who has chanted and studied the Psalms for years. Each reflection is on one psalm, offering a meditation on its meaning and how it connects to our lives, followed by a word from one of the ancient church fathers and a prayer. There is a reflection for each of the forty-seven days from Ash Wednesday to Easter that reflect the various twists and turns on the Lenten journey.

Free Study Guide
Rosalie Sugrue’s
Greens and Greys & Green, Ho!

A Free Study Guide by Rosalie Sugrue is now available for her books Greens and Greys & Green, Ho! The books are available in both print and eBook editions

The 9 page PDF guide is titled: A Novel approach to Bible Study: Personal Issues for Christians for Lent/Easter or whatever the Season.

Each of the 6 sessions looks at an important concept:
1. Values learnt in childhood
2. Faith in Youth
3. Sexual orientation
4. Suicide
5. Situation ethics and social justice
6. Mature faith

You will explore each issue by asking:
• Why did Molly do what she did?
• What would I have done in that situation?

Click this link to:
Download your free PDF Study Guide

Hanging by a Thread:
The Questions of the Cross.
Samuel Wells.
Pbk 72pp. ISBN 9780898699777.

Church Publishing (2017).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

A Lenten resource for group study and personal reflection. Incisive and accessible theology.

Theological reflections from scholar and Anglican cleric Samuel Wells reflecting on the challenges of our understanding of Christ’s crucifixion that arise today using contemporary ideas in history, biblical studies, and philosophy.

Wells deals with such questions as:

  • Does the improbability of one event having significance for everything, everywhere, for all time leave our faith hanging by a thread?
  • Does the possibility that elements of the story did not actually happen leave our Christian heritage hanging by a thread?
  • Does the history of persecution that flowed from the classical belief that the Jews were responsible for Jesus’ death leave our morality hanging by a thread?

After reflecting on six biblical stories, Wells discovers that the cross has an enduring power to shape how we live, how we relate to one another, and how we allow ourselves to be enfolded in God’s story.

Getting to Know Jesus (Again):
Meditations for Lent.
Peter M Wallace.
Pbk 128pp. ISBN 9780819233615.
Church Publishing (2017).
[Allow 3-4 weeks]

A fresh, accessible, and thought-provoking look at the life and ministry of Jesus. Each day’s entry includes a Scripture text, meditation, and questions for journaling and spiritual growth

Lent is a journey of the mind, heart, and spirit from the ashes of humanity to the cross and beyond—to the empty tomb. The central figure in that journey is Jesus. But who was he really? Why did he come and minister among us? How can his teachings enhance our lives? Why did he die? What does his resurrection really mean? These are questions that spur believers of all ages to seek a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Son of Man in their lives.

In this collection of 52 meditations and additional resources for spiritual growth, Peter Wallace guides readers through the life and ministry, the words and works of Jesus, with the goal of getting to know him in fresh new ways that encourage a stronger faith and a spirited engagement with the world around us.

For young and old, mature Christians and seekers—who seek to deepen their Lenten journey.

Two popular earlier Studies based on DVDs

The Long Road to Heaven:
A Lent Course Based on the Film The Way.
Tim Heaton.
Pbk 123pp.
ISBN: 9781782792741.
Circle Books (2013).

[Allow 3-4 weeks]

Explore Christian understandings of salvation in a five-part study course based on the film The Way. Starring Martin Sheen as a bereaved father, this soulful and uplifting film observes a group of pilgrims walking the Way of St James to Santiago de Compostela.As it follows their journey of inner transformation, the course examines biblical accounts and images of salvation past, present and future and addresses the questions:

  • What are we saved from?
  • What are we saved for?
  • Who can be saved?
  • What do we have to do to be saved?
  • How are we saved?”

Christ and the Chocolaterie:
A Lent Course.
Hilary Brand.
Pbk 96pp. ISBN 9780232524574
Darton, Longman & Todd (2002).
[Allow 3-4 weeks]

Using the film as a starting point for exploring issues about God, the world, Hilary Brand has designed five group sessions on the themes of giving, acceptance and change.

Christ and the Chocolaterie is an original, innovative and lively Lent course inspired by the film Chocolat, based on the bestselling novel by Joanne Harris.Each includes from the film, group discussion questions, exercises and meditations.

For Children

The Easter Story.
Heather Amery , Illustrated by Norman Young.
bk 16pp.
ISBN 9780746071533.
Usborne (2018).

[Allow 3-4 weeks]

Specially retold story for young children, sticking closely to the biblical version, but using simple language.Colourfully illustrated throughout.

2018 Year B Annuals

Click here for your selection of Worship, Preaching and Devotional resources for Year B  – 2018 Includes Fresh from the Word 2018 & Upper Room Disciplines 2018.

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