Lent reading for individuals and groups
Each year, BRF publishes a Lent book of readings from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday. In addition, we have titles of readings or reflections that can be used occasionally during Lent.
These can help to draw us back to the truths of Easter, as well as providing an opportunity to meet together with others in reading groups.
To find out more about each title, including reviews and sample text, please click on more info below.
A Lent book to explore the freeing, life-changing nature of forgiveness.As we move from Ash Wednesday to Easter Day, daily reflections and prayers help us to experience the living power of the cross of Christ through biblical and modern-day stories of wrongdoing and forgiveness. Our journey through Lent will deepen our response to God's love and, as we allow the Holy Spirit to do his work, we will see spiritual transformation in our lives today.More info Add to basket
The life stories of the Celtic saints are inspirational. They demonstrate great and unassuming faith, often in the face of insurmountable difficulties. In 40 Days with the Celtic Saints David Cole draws us to relate our own life journey and developing relationship with God into the life story of the Celtic saint of the day. A corresponding biblical text and blessing encourages and motivates us to transform our lives for today's world in the light of such historic faith.More info Add to basket
BRF's 2016 Lent book is designed as a companion for thoughtful and curious travellers, with a daily Bible verse or short passage leading into reflection on some aspect of human life and faith. Written by bestselling author and respected spiritual guide David Runcorn, the book's approach is exploratory rather than prescriptive, provoking questions rather than offering answers. It does not assume too much Bible knowledge, so that the style feels welcoming to those on the edge of committed faith or church, as well as BRF's to established Lent book audience.More info Add to basket
This book of Bible readings and reflections, for every day from Ash Wednesday to the first Sunday of Easter, explores how we reveal Jesus even at the lowest and weakest points of our lives. Drawing on New Testament passages, with a particular focus on Paul's letters to the church in Corinth, Tom Wright shows that through God's Holy Spirit, the suffering but also the glory of Christ can be incarnate in our lives, enabling us to be the people of God for the world.More info
The spiritual discipline of journalling has become increasingly popular in recent years and this book shows how it can fruitfully overlap with creative writing to provide an original way of engaging with the Bible. 'Bible study' is usually taken to mean 'reading and discussing' - but writing offers a different way of interacting with the text, generating new insights and application even from the most familiar of passages. Journalling the Bible offers 40 writing/journalling exercises that have been tested in workshops around the country, providing an imaginative resource for individual and group work and a refreshingly different way to become better acquainted with scripture. This book contains 40 reflections, so one of the intended uses is as a Lent resource. The concluding reflections focus on Jesus' trial and crucifixion in John's Gospel.More info Add to basket
In today's high-pressure, fast-paced culture, people crave space for rest and renewal, for restoration of both body and soul. Welcoming the Way of the Cross explores how creating this space can be a part of Lenten discipline and understood as 'hospitality' in its broadest sense - making space to be open to God, to our selves, and to each other.More info Add to basket
In these Bible readings for Lent and Easter, Joanna Collicutt shows how growing as a Christian is rooted in the prayer Jesus gave us. As we pray the Lord's Prayer, we express our relationship with God, absorb gospel values and are also motivated to live them out. As we pray to the Father, in union with the Son, through the power of the Spirit, so we begin to take on the character of Christ. The Holy Week readings encourage us to pause, watch and wait at this special season; commentary is kept to a minimum and we spend time reflecting, in the light of the Lord's Prayer, on Luke's description of Christ's passion and resurrection. Includes questions for group discussion.More info Add to basket
In the Bible the desert is a place of punishment and discipline, but also of blessing and love's reawakening. Both Jesus and the people of Israel before him spent time in the desert, learning what it meant to be chosen and loved and holy. Yet while the people of the Exodus frequently got it wrong, providing some cautionary tales for us to learn from, Jesus himself constantly got it right, offering a perfect model for us to follow. In The Way of the Desert Andrew Watson takes us on a Lenten journey from Ash Wednesday to Easter Day, from the parting of the Red Sea to Israel's entry into the promised land.More info Add to basket
The BRF Lent book for 2010 shows how Lent can be a time for exploring a different kind of 'giving up', one that can transform our lives. We too can allow the Holy Spirit to shed his light on our ideas of God that are too harsh, too small, too fragile, or too stern.More info Add to basket