PW's contributing religion editor Phyllis Tickle adapts her bestselling series TheDivine Hours for the spring liturgical calendar with Eastertide: Prayers for Lent Through Easter from The Divine Hours. It's an outstanding and accessible introduction to the ancient Christian practice of fixed-hour prayer, which can seem daunting without a guide so experienced and gracious as Tickle. Beginning with Ash Wednesday and ending with Easter Monday (the day after Easter), this manual of prayers and readings will provide spiritual sustenance during the church's most quiet and joyous season. (Galilee/Doubleday,$9.95 paper 256p ISBN 0-385-51128-0; Feb. 24)

For the third and final year, theology professor Peter Feldmeier offers daily wisdom for the Lenten season in Not by Bread Alone: Daily Reflections for Lent 2004. Like its two predecessors, this pocket-sized installment is tied to the readings for the Roman Catholic Mass, and features each day's lectionary scriptures, a reflection, a thought to ponder and a short prayer. (Liturgical Press, $2 paper 96p ISBN 0-8146-2752-8; Jan.)