Lent begin tomorrow. For those of you who are interested in digging a little deeper during this year's Easter season, I suggest getting a Lent/Easter devotional of some kind. Here a few suggestions.
Reliving the Passion, by Walter Wangerin, Jr.
I read this one last year. There is a short reading for each day, including a passage of scripture, some reflective thoughts and then a short prayer. I love it when when it's all laid out for me sometimes. Then, there's really no excuse not to do it!
God is on the Cross, by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Dietrich Bonhoeffer is one of the most well-known and beloved theologians of the twentieth century for a reason. The honesty, truth and depth of his words pierces a reader in a profound way. This book is a collection of 40 daily devotions from Bonhoeffer's letters and sermons. Each day also has a scripture reading. I really enjoyed Bonhoeffer's God is in the Manger during Advent.
This was the first-ever book I bought to read during Lent. It's not in a devotional form because there's not a specified reading for each day (with scripture, prayer, etc.). It is a collection of reflective and throught-provoking passages from writers, theologians, missionaries, etc. through the centuries.
I love these quotes from the introduction:
"It is at time to let go of excuses for failings and shortcomings; a time to stop hanging on to whatever shreds of goodness we perceive in ourselves; a time to ask God to show us what we really look like."
"Lent should never be morose--an annual ordeal during which we begrudgingly forgo a handful of pleasures. Instead, we ought to approach Lent as an opportunity, not a requirement. After all, it is meant to be the church's springtime, a time when, out of darkness of winter's sin, a repentant, empowered people emerges."
Do you know of other Easter deovtionals? Leave a comment. I'm always looking for recommendations.