Recommendations for Reading Together through Lent-Holy Week 2017

Recommended by Dr. Bill Holmes, Interim President

A Way Other Than Our Own: Devotions for Lent
Author: Walter Brueggemann
Westminster John Knox, 2016
ISBN-10: 0664261698
ISBN-13: 978-0664261696
From the publisher’s website: Lent recalls times of wilderness and wandering, from newly freed Hebrew slaves in exile to Jesus’ temptation in the desert. God has always called people out of their safe, walled cities into uncomfortable places, revealing paths they would never have chosen. Brueggemann’s thought-provoking reflections for the season of Lent invite us to consider the challenging, beautiful life that comes with walking the way of grace.

Recommended by Rev. Amber Inscore Essick, Adjunct Professor of Christian Worship

Blessed Are the Crazy: Breaking the Silence about Mental Illness, Family, and Church
Author: Sarah Griffith Lund
Chalice Press, 2014
ISBN-10: 0827202997
ISBN-13: 978-0827202993
Breaking the silence about mental illness starts by listening to one story, and then another, and another.  As I read Sarah Griffith Lund’s memoir during Lent, I will be especially attuned to how ministering to those who struggle with mental illness can enhance our worshiping life.

Recommended by Dr. John Inscore Essick, Associate Professor of Church History

Martin Luther’s Easter Book
Editor: Roland Bainton
Augsburg Fortress, 1981
ISBN-10: 0806635789
ISBN-13: 978-0806635781
This year marks the 500th anniversary of the appearance of Luther’s 95 theses. Thanks to esteemed Luther scholar Roland Bainton (d. 1984), Martin Luther’s Easter Book provides readers with excerpts from Luther’s Holy Week sermons and a final section on resurrection.

Recommended by Dr. Dalen Jackson, Academic Dean and Professor of Biblical Studies

Meeting God in Mark: Reflections for the Season of Lent
Author: Rowan Williams
Westminster John Knox, 2015
ISBN-10: 0664260527
ISBN-13: 978-0664260521
Mark’s gospel offers us perhaps the starkest portrayal of the passion of Jesus.  Rowan Williams provides a theologically reflective guide to reading this gospel, with special attention to its significance for the Lenten season.

Recommended by Dr. Laura Levens, Assistant Professor of Christian Mission

Listening for God: A Minister’s Journey Through Silence and Doubt
Author: Renita J. Weems
Touchstone, 2000
ISBN-10: 0684863138
ISBN-13: 978-0684863139
Renita Weems, as a believer and minister, experienced and relied upon experiences and intimacy with God. Then one day, inexplicably, God fell silent and seemed no longer to be there. Listening for God is a deeply personal and theological account of Weems’ journey through a period “of feeling lost and disoriented,” and how little by little, she became re-attuned to God’s mysterious presence in the silence and absence. This book is composed of short journal entries within larger subject chapters.
This book is out of stock at publisher’s website, so it may be best to buy from another retailer.

Recommended by Dr. Mark Medley, Associate Professor of Theology

The Word in the Wilderness:  A Poem a Day for Lent and Easter
Editor: Malcom Guite
Hymns Ancient & Modern, 2014
ISBN-13: 978-1848256781
Guite chooses a favorite poem from across the Christian spiritual and English literary traditions.  This collection offers poetic theology which illuminates God’s poiesis of redemption in the desert landscape of Lent, in the dark field of Holy Week, and in the radiant Easter dawn.

Recommended by Dr. Wade Rowatt, Senior Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling

Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading
Author: Eugene Peterson
Eerdmans, 2009
ISBN-10: 0802864902
ISBN-13: 978-0802864901
From the back cover: Eat This Book challenges us to read the Scriptures on their own terms, as God’s revelation, and to live them as we read them.  Countering the widespread practice of using the Bible for self-serving purposes, Peterson here serves readers with a nourishing entrée into the formative, life-changing art of spiritual reading.