Help! Lent book needed

Just looking for suggestions for a good book to read during Lent. It doesn’t have to be a Lent book, per se. A novel would do. Anyone out there recommend something? (That’s not too rude, please. Some of our older members struggled with The Slap!)

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6 thoughts on “Help! Lent book needed

  1. ‘I heard the Owl call my name’ is a lovely touching book that really helped me when I was preparing for selection. I can see it would be a good lent book for a group. (But you may need to provide tissues at the end)
    Happy new Year

  2. How about Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. Our year of seasonal eating.?Parly family journal, partly ecofriendly recipe book, partly ecological tract (but not in an overly polemical sense), it is a completely transformative book and could be combined with an ecofriendly Lenten discipline/ethic. (Actually written jointly by Barbara, husband Steve Hopp and daughter Camille Kingsolver.) Faber 2008 It’s even got adorable woodcuts too. A gem.

  3. You might enjoy my novels “Jesus in Love” and/or the sequel “At the Cross”… in which a gender-blind, erotically aware Jesus reveals the erotic, mystical experiences behind his arrest, trial, crucifixion, and resurrection. Comment from a gay priest who read it for Lent: “What a delicious treat on the first Sunday of Lent. I have been yearning to feel closer to Jesus, and this book has been a great help.” It’s available on Amazon and other bookstores.
    More info at:
    http://jesusinlove.org/at-the-cross.php

    I’m not sure if you are asking for yourself or for a group discussion. Not every group will be ready for this, but you personally might like it.

    I’m going to look into “I Heard the Owl Call My Name.” Thanks for recommending it.

  4. Give us a clue. Is this for yourself, for a Lent group or…
    Do you want to be instructed, inspired, made penitent or humble?
    What about Simon Parke’s ‘Conversations with Meister Eckhart’?

  5. It is actually for our Reading Group. We usually do novels and tried Classics but didn’t do too well at that. There’s about 8 of us, mostly elderly (one man who is fed up of books where the males are particularly horrid!). I thought we might do something more ‘religiousy’ for Lent, but probably still a novel. Themes of penance, forgiveness, repenting… stuff like that.

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