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Has there ever been a more hard-hitting, beautifully written, theologically inclusive anthology of writings for Lent and Easter? It's doubtful. Many readers may well find that this collection-a sequel to Plough's highly successful Watch for the Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas-is the one book they return to year after year, forgoing their usual custom of buying a new Lenten devotional each spring. Six separate sections (Invitation, Temptation, Passion, Crucifixion, Resurrection and New Life) guide readers through the essential elements of spiritual preparation and feature writings from some of Christendom's most celebrated masters. Classic thinkers such as Martin Luther and John Donne share space with 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, Frederick Buechner, Madeleine L'Engle, Henri Nouwen and Brennan Manning. Caveat lector: no one should have this much pleasure during Lent!
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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"Hardhitting and beautifully written [featuring] Christendom's most celebrated masters." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 412 pages
  • Publisher: Orbis Books (March 10, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570755728
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570755729
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 5.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #496,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Paul M. Dubuc on June 8, 2003
Format: Hardcover
"For Breadth of scope and depth of insight nothing rivals this collection", says on the dust jacket. I heartily agree! This collection of readings is the best supplement to Lenten and Easter devotional reading that I have ever used. I've never seen such a selection of great authors' writings between the covers of one book. Each of the 72 selections are about 4 or 5 pages long. They are grouped into 6 sections that form a progression from the Invitation prepare for Easter by seriously examining oneself and following through on the themes of Temptation, Passion, Crucifixion, Resurrection and New Life. There are quite a variety of perspectives represented in these writings. Every one of them will reward the thoughtful reader in different ways. There isn't a dull one in the bunch. These aren't shallow "inspirational" writings. They will challenge and encourage, and sustain serious reflection. It's hard to pick a favorite, but I'd say that Malcolm Muggeridge's "Impending Resurrection" was the high point. I highly recommend this book.
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This is a small, easily-carried book organized into the topics of Invitation, Temptation, Passion, Crucifixion, Resurrection and New Life. The 72 essays are from an eclectic mix of authors: Oscar Wilde, Thomas Merton, John Donne, Kahlil Gibran, Blaise Pascal, Martin Luther, G.K.Chesterton, Mother Teresa, Dylan Thomas, John Updike, Dorothy Sayers, Madeleine L'Engle, Leo Tolstoy and many others. Selections are typically five to six pages long, and printed in a large clean font on heavy paper. There are a few poems, but primarily prose is used to inspire and to comfort.
A wonderful little book.
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These 72 brief essays are loaded with inspiring and challenging spiritual insight. The authors are incredibly diverse--Leo Tolstoy, Thomas a Kempis, Meister Eckhart, Martin Luther, Mother Teresa, and John Updike, to name a few. Not every contributor is a household name, but every reflection is moving and powerful...

"Christianity is the only religion on earth that has felt that omnipotence made God incomplete." G.K. Chesterton

"If the ultimate, the hardest, cannot be asked of me; if my fellows hesitate to ask it and turn to someone else, then I know nothing of Calvary love." Amy Carmichael

"The essence of sin is man substituting himself for God, while the essence of salvation is God substituting himself for man." John Scott

"A follower is or strives to be what he admires. An admirer, however, keeps himself personally detached." Soren Kierkegaard

Those thoughts alone might supply forty days-worth of spiritual reflection! For preparation and renewal, this book is can be opened again and again.
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Bread and Wine is a collection of seventy-two readings spanning all the themes of Lent and Easter.
There are poems, prayers, meditations, excerpts from sermons and essays and lengthy theological tomes.

The authors come from all over the world, from all ages and times.

There is Kahlil Gibran, an early 20th century Lebanese poet raised as a Maronite Catholic.
There is George MacDonald, a Scottish fantasy author and minister in the 1800s.
There is Ernesto Cardenal, a Nicaraguan poet and cultural activist.
There is Walter J. Ciszek, a Jesuit priest who served within the Soviet Union.
There is Edna Hong, a Kierkegaard scholar and translator as well as a novelist.
There is Peter Kreeft, a contemporary philosophy professor at Boston College.

The material is arranged under five main headings, and I'll give you a few examples from each one.

Invitation~
This section calls us to Come near to the Cross, Hear His words, See Ourselves, Repent, and then Go Forth.
The first selection is a poem by Oscar Wilde, with that plaintive cry "How else but through a broken heart can the Lord Christ enter in?"
Walter Wangerin speaks about Christ as the perfect Mirror, the one that terrifies and startles with its clarity- and yet heals us too.
"This mirror is made of righteous flesh and of divinity- and this one loves me absolutely."
Jean-Pierre de Caussade writes about surrender: "Everything is yours, everything is from you and for you. Mine is to be satisfied with your work..."
Edna Hong describes the way Lent strips the soul and then Christ supplies His fullness.
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If you want to deepen your spiritual life and reflect on the mystery and miracle of Christ's death and resurrection - then consider Bread And Wine - Readings For Lent And Easter for your personal devotional time!

Bread And Wine is a collection of 72 readings from a wide spectrum of classic and contemporary authors who share their thoughts on the following themes:

* Invitation
* Temptation
* Passion
* Crucifixion
* Resurrection
* New Life

In case you are wondering why there are 72 readings since there are only 40 days in Lent, the first 46 readings cover events that occur during the official season of Lent, which runs from Ash Wednesday through Holy Saturday, and the last two sections focus on post-Easter themes.

What I like most about Bread And Wine is that it has given me a fresh perspective on and a deeper appreciation for Lent - a solemn season I associate with self-sacrifice and somberness from my childhood.

The Editors write:

Lent is the season in which we ought to be surprised by joy. Our self-sacrifice serves no purpose unless, by laying aside this or that desire, we are able to focus on our heart's deepest desire - unity with Christ. In Him - in His suffering and death - His resurrection and triumph - we find our truest joy.

I thoroughly enjoy the diverse readings in Bread And Wine. I find that the daily reflections provide a great way to focus on Christ and to ponder what His life, death, and resurrection really mean.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes. However, the opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
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