Friday, February 15, 2013

Reading for Lent

The 40 days prior to Easter are known for a time of giving up something sacrificially for a season of preparation and repentance in order to show God how much we love him, namely this is referred to as Lent. And although most of the time people give up or fast something during this time such as sweets, caffeine, or even Facebook,  which I encourage you to do, I am also adding something that I am going to do every week during Lent. For each week of Lent I have a goal of reading one book in addition to my normal reading and daily Bible reading. 

The books that I plan to read are not necessarily "Lent/Easter" specific books, but they are all books that will help in ones spiritual development and growth in leading up to the celebration of Easter. Some of the book are going to be a first read and others a re-read.

Recommended Lent Reading

On the Incarnation by St. Athanasius 
Athanasius composed this essay in his early life and devoted it to a number of issues still debated by theologians today, including monotheism, spiritual salvation, and the divine nature of Jesus Christ.

A Passion for Prayer: Experiencing Deeper Intimacy with God by Tom Elliff
A Passion for Prayer seeks to help you develop or deepen your communion with God. Drawing on personal experiences and the reassurances of God's Word, Pastor Tom Elliff shares the principles, challenges and disciplines of prayer.

Desiring God: Meditations of A Christian Hedonist by John Piper
According to John Piper, the pursuit of pleasure in God is not only permissible, it’s essential.
Desiring God is a paradigm-shattering work that dramatically alters common perspectives on relating to God.

Paul's Missionary Methods: In His Time and Ours edited by Robert L. Plummer and John Mark Terry
This book examines Paul's missionary methods from the perspective of Paul's activities in the first century and the perspective of his ongoing impact on missions today.

Primal Credo: Your Entrance Into the Apostles' Creed by Derek Vreeland This is a fresh, modern reading of the Apostles' Creed.

Learning to Soar: How to Grow Through Transitions and Trials by Avery T. and Matt Willis
This book will motivate unfulfilled Christians to respond to God's stirrings and to step out into abundant living.

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