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Bread and Wine: Readings for Lent and Easter Paperback – March 10, 2005
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A wonderful little book.
"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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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:
* 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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Wonderful book. Different writers give insights and deeper thoughts about Christ.Published 2 months ago by jsarts
A variety of theologians and ideas in this devotional book gives the reader a fresh look at Lent. This is an excellent devotional to use, not only at Lent, but year round.Published 2 months ago by bigD
Love this devotional so much. It's not just inspiring. It's intellectual and has great depth in the writing.Published 3 months ago by Courtney Lancaster
If you are looking for guidance in your faith and comfort in your soul then this is the book for you!!Published 3 months ago by Claire Gregoire
This book was an impulse buy. And it exceeded any and all of my expectations. A delightful and engaging compilation of some astounding authors. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bookbabe23
For from the Spirit and for the Spirit. Wonderful book of readings that touch my soul and spirit. I am so appreciative of those who write such captivating, spiritual things. Read morePublished 4 months ago by David