A time for self-denial, soul-searching, and spiritual preparation, Lent is a fitting season for daily reading and reflection. Hence this book, which offers meditations from a wide spectrum of classic and contemporary Christian writers.
Containing selections grouped around such themes as temptation, crucifixion, resurrection, and new life, Bread and Wine can be dipped into at leisure or used as a guide to daily devotions—and returned to any time of year for spiritual revitalization. For breadth of scope and depth of insight, nothing rivals this collection.
Next year, I hope to read this book more regularly during Lent. It took me way too long this year, simply because I wasn’t consistent. It features writings from a wide variety of thinkers and authors, including Martin Luther, John Donne and 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, and Madeleine L’Engle. Many of the essays are wonderfully written, and, more importantly made me think and reflect, perfect for Lent.
I think I’ll pick up Watch For The Light: Readings For Advent And Christmas before December. It should be well worth reading, if it compares at all to this collection.