BREAD AND WINE: Readings for Lent and Easter

Wendell Berry, Author, G. K. Chesterton, Joint Author, Blaise Pascal, Joint Author
Wendell Berry, Author, G. K. Chesterton, Joint Author, Blaise Pascal, Joint Author . Plough Publishing $19 (370p) ISBN 978-0-87486-926-2
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Has there ever been a more hard-hitting, beautifully written, theologically inclusive anthology of writings for Lent and Easter? It's doubtful. Many readers may well find that this collection—a sequel to Plough's highly successful Watch for the Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas—is the one book they return to year after year, forgoing their usual custom of buying a new Lenten devotional each spring. Six separate sections (Invitation, Temptation, Passion, Crucifixion, Resurrection and New Life) guide readers through the essential elements of spiritual preparation and feature writings from some of Christendom's most celebrated masters. Classic thinkers such as Martin Luther and John Donne share space with 20th-century theologians like C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton and Dorothy Day. There is also a generous sampling from contemporary writers, including Philip Yancey, John Updike, Frederick Buechner, Madeleine L'Engle, Henri Nouwen and Brennan Manning. Caveat lector: no one should have this much pleasure during Lent! (Feb.)

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