Are you looking for something more substantial to offer for Lent?
Consider the new book Stories of Jesus: 40 Days of Prayer and Reflection by Joseph Girzone (print book, audiobook). The author of the beloved Joshua series offers prayers and reflections on Gospel accounts of the words and deeds of Jesus. Each day opens with a passage from one of the Gospels, followed by an imaginative retelling of the Scripture story and a brief prayer. The 40-day format is ideal for Lent, or for any time of year you want a “retreat with Jesus.” Listen to a clip from the audiobook here.
Fast, Pray, Give: Making the Most of Lent (book, 30-minute DVD with leader’s guide) looks at Lent through the lens of discipleship, encouraging us to adopt practices that help us more fully appreciate the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This six-week study resource can be used by small groups and individuals alike. For each week, it offers
- quotations from Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church
- inspiration about each topic
- questions for reflection and discussion
- a saint who inspires
- a Lenten practice
- a prayer
Watch this sample clip from the First Sunday of Lent and overview of the product by editor, Mary Carol Kendzia.
The Last Words of Jesus (print book, audiobook) by Dan Horan, OFM, is another book to consider for this Lent. This new take on the last words of Jesus brings a fresh perspective to a time-honored meditation. Horan challenges readers to look at their lives through the lens of Jesus’ suffering and death and God’s immense love for us in the gift of Jesus.
Horan draws on works by noted scholars and spiritual writers and fashions a view of Jesus’ final words that’s contemporary and thought-provoking. View an interview with the author here.