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Read and reflect throughout Lent


As they move into the season of Lent, many United Methodists will begin more frequent and extensive reading and study of Scripture. Many will also use these 40 days for other reading to feed their spirit, bring reflection or stretch theologically.

When Interpreter magazine asked readers to recommend books for Lenten reading, the suggestions ranged from classics such as A Year with C. S. Lewis: Daily Readings from His Classic Works (Harper) to William P. Young's best-selling novel The Shack (Windblown Media), which continues to spark discussion around themes such as forgiveness, redemption, the Trinity and justice.

Henri J. M. Nouwen was the author named most often. One person said Lent and Easter Wisdom from Henri J.M. Nouwen, compiled by Judy Bauer (Liguori), "will challenge the reader to truly take hold of the Season of Lent in a personal way. Users of this 40-day experience will never be the same if they follow its directions completely." Readers also recommended Show Me the Way: Readings for Each Day of Lent and Return of the Prodigal Son: A Homecoming.

Here are more of the books recommended by Interpreter readers. Some will inspire you; others will intrigue you. Some may annoy or even anger you, but others have found them meaningful.


Group or Individual Study

Spiritual Formation/Spirituality

Bible Study


Rethink Church

Social Justice

General Interest

Updated from original article that appeared in Interpreter Magazine, Jan-Feb. 2009.