Lent – Easter 2020 Selection

Lent – Easter 2020 Selection

Here is a diverse range of devotional and study resources for Lent and Easter 2020.

Lent starts on 26 February 2020, Good Friday is 10 April 2020 and Easter Day is 12 April 2020.

NB: To ensure that they reach you in good time, please place your orders for these books and DVDs promptly.

We feature new books by popular authors Joyce Rupp Jesus, Friend of My Soul and Paula Gooder Let Me Go There. 

There are sets of group study books and DVDs from Adam Hamilton The Way and Rob Fuquay The Passion Play (based on the 10 yearly Oberammergau Passion Play.)

Several of the devotional books are by Catholic authors.

Click here: for annual worship and preaching resources for 2020, which include materials for Lent and Easter

I hope you find here something to support your faith journey this Lent and Easter.

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Jesus, Friend of My Soul:
Reflections for the Lenten Journey.
Joyce Rupp.

Pbk 128pp. ISBN 9781594719653.
Ave Maria (2020).
[Publishing 24 Jan 2020,
then allow 2-3 weeks].

Rupp helps us learn from the qualities of Jesus and the actions and teachings that marked his time on earth, including:

  • How Jesus extended mercy after Peter’s denials.
  • How Jesus trusted in his Father, even as he experienced other emotions when troubling events occurred.
  • How Jesus spoke and acted with integrity, which made him a valuable and trustworthy person for others to listen to and follow.

Each day’s reflection begins with a verse from scripture and a meditation centred on Jesus’ life, actions and teachings that are applied to our lives. We are then offered a prayer and an intention to carry with us throughout the day.

The book includes questions for individual or group study.

Lent in Plain Sight.
Jill J. Duffield.

Pbk 140pp. ISBN 9780664265465.
Westminister John Knox (2020).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

God is often at work through the ordinary: ordinary people, ordinary objects, ordinary grace. Through the ordinary, God communicates epiphanies, salvation, revelation, and reconciliation. It is through the mundane that we hear God’s quiet voice.

In this devotional for the season of Lent, Jill J. Duffield draws readers’ attention to ten ordinary objects that Jesus would have encountered on his way to Jerusalem: dust, bread, the cross, coins, shoes, oil, coats, towels, thorns, and stones. In each object, readers will find meaning in the biblical account of Jesus’ final days.

The Walk:
Five Essential Practices of the Christian Life.
Adam Hamilton.

Hbk 176pp. ISBN 9781501891182.
Abingdon Press (2019).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

Deepen your walk with Christ as Hamilton explores with you five essential practices of:

  • Worship
  • Study
  • Serving
  • Giving, and
  • Bearing witness to our faith.

How do we walk with Christ, daily follow him, grow in him, and faithfully serve him? In the Gospels, Jesus modelled for us the Christian spiritual life. The apostles taught it in their writings. And the Church has, through the last 2,000 years, sought to pursue this Christian spiritual life.

Hamilton explores each of these practices, its New Testament foundation, and what it looks like to pursue this practice daily in our personal life and together in the life of the church.

See below for resources for a six-week study:

  • A comprehensive adults Leader Guide
  • A DVD featuring the engaging teachings of author and pastor Adam Hamilton.
  • A Children’s Study Guide, and
  • A Youth Study book

Click here for a short Video
introducing The Walk resources

The Walk Leader Guide: Five Essential Practices of the Christian Life. Adam Hamilton. Pbk 96pp. ISBN 9781501891212. Abingdon Press (2019). $34.00. [Allow 3-4 weeks].

Contains everything needed to guide a group through the six-week study including session plans, activities, and discussion questions, as well as multiple format options.

The Walk DVD: Five Essential Practices of the Christian Life. Adam Hamilton. DVD US region 1 format. ISBN 9781501891236. Abingdon Press (2019). $75.00. [Allow 3-4 weeks].

Your DVD player or computer must be able to play DVDs in the US Region 1 format.

The six-session DVD features Adam Hamilton guiding participants through the study. The video sessions are approximately 10-12 minutes in length and, when combined with the six book chapters, make an ideal six-week group study. All videos sessions are closed captioned.

Click here to see
Video session 1 for free.

The Walk Children’s Leader Guide:  Five Essential Practices of the Christian LifeAdam Hamilton. Pbk 64pp. ISBN 9781501891328. Abingdon Press (2019).
$40.50. [Allow 3-4 weeks].

Contains session plans for younger and older children (ages 5-11) including games, activities, craft ideas, and reproducible handouts.

 The Walk Youth Study Book: Five Essential Practices of the Christian Life. Adam Hamilton. Pbk 64pp. ISBN 9781501891304. Abingdon Press. (2019). $29.00. [Allow 3-4 weeks].

 Takes the ideas presented in Adam Hamilton’s book and interprets them for young people aged 11-18 years.

The Walk Large Print: Five Essential Practices of the Christian Life. Adam Hamilton. Pbk 176pp. ISBN 9781501891205. Abingdon Press (2019). $44.00. [Allow 3-4 weeks].

The Passion Play:
Living the Story of Christ’s Last Days.
Rob Fuquay.

Pbk 128pp. ISBN 9781501884412.
Abingdon Press (2019).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

The Oberammergau Passion Play has been presented by the inhabitants of the village of Oberammergau, Bavaria, Germany every 10 years since 1634. The play is a staging of Jesus’ Passion story, covering the final period of his life from his visit to Jerusalem to the journey to the cross.

Author and pastor Fuquay follows the biblical story of the Passion and how it has been experienced through the centuries against the backdrop of this amazing play.

Perfect for Lent, this study takes you on a journey to the origins of the Passion Play and helps you understand how the play has been used both as a ritual of praise and later as a weapon through its anti-Semitic past. The book and study help readers and small groups feel a sense of connection to the play while recognizing their own place in the story of Jesus.

Additional components for a six-week study include a DVD featuring Rob Fuquay filmed on location in Oberammergau, Germany and a comprehensive Leader Guide.

Click here for a short Video
introducing The Passion Play resources

The Passion Play Leader Guide: Living the Story of Christ’s Last Days. Rob Fuquay. Pbk 64pp. ISBN 9781501884504. Abingdon Press (2019). $34.00. [Allow 3-4 weeks].

The Leader Guide contains everything needed to guide a group through the six-week study including session plans, activities, and discussion questions, as well as multiple format options.

The Passion Play DVD: Living the Story of Christ’s Last Days. Rob Fuquay. DVD US region 1 format. ISBN 9781501884436. Abingdon Press (2019). $75.00. [Allow 4 weeks].

Your DVD player or computer must be able to play DVDs in the US Region 1 format.

The six-session DVD features Rob Fuquay filmed on location in Oberammergau, Germany guiding participants through the study. The video sessions are approximately 6-8 minutes in length and, when combined with the six book chapters, make an ideal six-week group study. All videos sessions are closed captioned.

Praying the Stations of the Cross:
Finding Hope in a Weary Land.
Katherine Sonderegger; Margaret Adams Parker.

Hbk 128pp. ISBN 9780802876645.
Eerdmans (2019).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

This book offers a life-transforming spiritual practice. Grounded in Scripture, the Stations remind readers of the overarching power of God’s love for all people and our steadfast hope for redemption, a sure and true comfort in the face of pain and sorrow.

Artist Margaret Adams Parker and theologian Katherine Sonderegger make the Stations of the Cross accessible for those new to the practice and offer compelling insight to those with long familiarity. Equally useful for individuals, groups, and congregations, the book can be used as an ongoing spiritual practice, a service offered in times of sorrow, struggle or conflict, or a Lenten devotion.

Wild Hope:
Stories for Lent from the Vanishing.
Gayle Boss; David G Klein (Illustrator).

Pbk 128pp. ISBN 9781640601994.
Paraclete Press (2020).
[Publishing 21 Jan 2020,
then allow 2-3 weeks].

“Boss writes vividly of wild, imperilled creatures as expressions of God’s own self and of God’s own suffering. What better subject for Lent? Here’s a compelling, relevant way to wake out of our small, ego-centred lives into a deeper compassion and to meet there the One who transforms suffering into something unimaginably new. That’s the wild hope of all creatures!” Richard Rohr

“This is an overpoweringly beautiful little book, a labour of love that will yield much reflection and I hope much commitment to the work of safeguarding what’s left of God’s creation.” Bill McKibben

Let Me Go There:
The Spirit of Lent.
Paula Gooder.

Pbk 144pp. ISBN 9781640604728.
Paraclete Press (2020).
[Publishing 28 Jan 2020,
then allow 2-3 weeks].

Anglican author Paula Gooder, offers a daily companion for the six weeks of Lent, to lead you deeper into the spirit of the season and open up the scriptures that are essential at this time of year.

She begins with an introduction to the season of Lent and its characteristic themes, exploring how to use it as a time for spiritual growth. In 40 short sections suitable for daily reading, Paula then reflects on a theme associated with the season, including: – Wilderness – Journey – Fasting – Taking up your cross – Discipleship – Prayer &  Temptation.

Saying Yes to Life:

The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book 2020.
Ruth Valerio.
Pbk 224pp. ISBN 9780281083770.
SPCK (2019).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

Valerio lifts our focus from natural, everyday concerns to issues that are having an impact on millions of lives around the world. She imaginatively draws on the Days of Creation (Genesis 1) as she relates themes of light, water, land, the seasons, other creatures, humankind, Sabbath rest and resurrection hope to matters of environmental, ethical and social concern.

Foundational to Saying Yes to Life is what it means to be human and, in particular, to be a follower of Jesus. Voices from around the world are heard throughout, and each chapter ends with discussion questions and a prayer to aid action and contemplation.

The Glory of the Cross:
A Journey Through Holy Week and Easter.
Vincent Nichols.
Pbk 120pp. ISBN 9780281081974.
SPCK (2020).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

Cardinal Nichols invites you to join with him on a pilgrimage, as together you accompany the Lord on his journey through suffering, death and resurrection.

“…a compelling account of the great drama of our faith, taking us from the fickle enthusiasm of Palm Sunday, through the desolation of the cross to the serene joy of Easter Day. Nichols writing is marked by a profound faith and an intense compassion for our human fragility.” Timothy Radcliffe OP

The Grace-Filled Wilderness:
A Journey Through Lent
Magdalen Smith.

Pbk 216pp. ISBN 9780281080106.
SPCK (2019).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

“On every page of this Lent book, there’s an invitation to journey which is as enticing as it is challenging. I found myself wanting to venture into the wilderness out of choice and not simply circumstance, and the adventure left me seeing, feeling and sharing in God’s grace.” Jo Wells, Bishop of Dorking 

Our appetites, our identity, our work, our sense of freedom and our struggles with anxiety and pain are explored in connection with what it means to be a follower of Jesus.

Six full weeks of readings help us to move gradually from wilderness to grace, until, finally, we encounter the miracle, hope and joy of Easter.

Preparing For Easter:

Fifty Devotional Readings.
Now in Paperback.
C S Lewis.

Pbk 224pp. ISBN 9780008263225.
HarperCollins (2019).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

Together in one special volume, selections from the best of beloved C. S. Lewis’s classic works for readers contemplating the ‘grand miracle’ of Jesus’s resurrection.

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.

Carefully curated, each selection 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.

The Way of Ignatius:
A Prayer Journey Through Lent.
Gemma Simmonds.

Pbk 108pp. ISBN 9780281075317.
SPCK (2019).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

A deep prayer life is not just something for mystics or religious specialists. It’s for everyone, and everyone has a capacity for it. Includes questions to aid reflection and discussion at the end of each chapter, this is a popular introduction to prayer and the spiritual life, a guide for Lent and the rest of the year, in the tradition of Ignatius Loyola.

Via Crucis:
Meditations on the Stations of the Cross.
Ralph Wright.
Pbk 48pp. ISBN 9780809154777.
Paulist Press (2019).
[Publishing 1 Feb 2020,
then allow 3-4 weeks].

Besides being a meditation on the Way of the Cross this book reminds the reader that, in Jesus, our God, (who as John’s First Letter reminds us, “is love”), has revealed his complete, personal and total love for each person that he has created.

Our freedom, which makes us capable of responding to this love, is the “only entity” that can, by sin, prevent this happening. In the measure that we “want” to receive this conversion, the Holy Spirit mysteriously kicks off the process.

The realization of how much Jesus loves me and has already suffered for me evokes this free response even when we can’t understand how the two things work together, grace and my freedom.

Christ Is for Us:
A Lenten Study Based on the Revised Common Lectionary.
April Yamasaki.
Pbk 112pp. ISBN 9781501887376.
Abingdon Press (2019).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

This study, based on the Revised Common Lectionary scriptures for Year A, includes commentary and reflection on readings from the Old Testament, the Gospels, and the Epistles.

It offers the opportunity to explore these Bible readings in a seven-session study. It will help participants understand, appreciate, and engage in meaningful and life-changing spiritual practices and offer gratitude for God’s salvation through Jesus Christ.

Christ Is for Us: Large Print. A Lenten Study Based on the Revised Common Lectionary. April Yamasaki. Pbk 112pp. ISBN 9781501887390. Abingdon Press (2019). $27.50. [Allow 3-4 weeks].

For the Beauty of the Earth:
A Lenten Devotional.
Leah Schade.

Pbk 56pp. ISBN 9780827211353.
Chalice Press (2019).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

Drawing on the beloved hymn For the Beauty of the Earth, each week of this 40-day Lenten devotional focuses on a different aspect of the splendour of nature, how God nurtures our spirit through creation, and how we must protect our precious home.

As we walk with Jesus along shorelines, through gardens, and among trees, we learn from the birds of the air and the lilies of the field. When our Lenten journey takes us into the heart of Earth itself at Jesus’ tomb, we anticipate the resurrection with eager longing and active hope. Each 5 minute devotional includes a scripture, reflection, and prayer.

Sacred Space for Lent 2020.
The Irish Jesuits.
Pbk 98pp. ISBN 9780829448986.
Loyola Press (2019).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

This compact book invites readers to develop a closer relationship with God during this season of prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

Throughout Lent, each day includes a Scripture reading and points of reflection, as well as a weekly topic enhanced by six steps of prayer and meditation.

Eyes on Jesus:
Daily Devotions for Lent and Easter.
Julie Riddle.

Pbk 56pp. ISBN 9780758666468.
Concordia (2019).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

47 days of devotions help you fix your eyes on Jesus during Lent. Beginning on Ash Wednesday and continuing through Easter, each passage encourages you to consider what you see when you look at Jesus.

Eyes on Jesus asks us to look at Jesus through various Biblical character’s viewpoints, learning how they saw Jesus. Did they misunderstand Him? Did they recognize Him as the Son of God?

Using Scripture passages from Mark’s Gospel, challenge yourself to consider what you see when you look at Jesus.

Not by Bread Alone 2020:

Daily Reflections for Lent.
Michelle Francl-Donnay.

Pbk 104pp. ISBN 9780814663653.
Liturgical Press (2019).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

Prayerfully journey through Lent with Francl-Donnay’s fresh and meaningful reflections on the daily Mass readings.

In just minutes per day, her insightful meditations can deepen your experience of this solemn season of prayer and penance and prepare you to participate more fully in the joy of the great Easter mystery.

Daily Devotions for Lent 2020
(Living Gospel).
Greg Kandra.

Pbk 96pp. ISBN 9781594719103.
Ave Maria (2019).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

Award-winning journalist and popular blogger Deacon Greg Kandra gently guides readers through Lent with thought-provoking spiritual reflections on the daily gospel readings. Kandra will inspire, uplift, and lead readers to prayer as they make their way toward the new life of Easter.

Each two-page daily devotion offers brief Bible verses, prayers, reflections on the Word of God, and an easy-to-do spiritual exercise that can usually be completed the same day.

Each month we choose a selection of titles that we think you will find stimulating and satisfying to read. So come back to the Monthly Selections section of our website regularly.

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