Genevieve Seese Library

LENTEN READING
From the Genevieve Seese Library

*John: The Gospel of Light and Life by Adam Hamilton
The Gospel of John is the most deeply spiritual of the four gospels. It includes some of the loftiest and most loved verses in all the Bible. Hamilton leads the reader in spiritual growth and renewal while reading the entire Gospel of John.

*All Shall Be Well: Readings for Lent and Easter
An anthology of 54 inspired readings from cherished writers, classical and contemporary, which include: James Martin, Pope Francis, Joyce Rupp, Thomas Merton, Joan Chittister, Henri Nouwen, Phyllis Tickle, John Updike, Mary Oliver, T.S. Eliot, Dorothy Day, and Brian Doyle. Also see: Bread and Wine: Readings for Lent and Easter

*40 Days of Decrease: A Different Kind of Hunger. A Different Kind of Fast.
Each day offers a meaningful consideration of Jesus’ journey through reading and reflection and then issues a challenging daily fast. Instead of social media, chocolate, and designer coffee, 40 Days of Decrease calls communities to a Lenten fasting of apathy, injustice, resentment, hypocrisy, and more for the love of God.

Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan
This New York Times bestseller is a fascinating, provocative, and meticulously researched biography that challenges long-held assumptions about the man we know as Jesus.

Woman, Why Are You Weeping? A Lenten Companion for Women
Offers a beautiful selection of scripture, reflections, and prayers on appropriate and meaningful themes for women

Show Me the Way: Daily Lenten Readings by Henri Nouwen
This inspirational “search for the way” speaks directly to the heart during this time of reflection and prayer.

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FOR KIDS:

*Make Room: A Child’s Guide to Lent and Easter by Laura Alary
Unlike Advent Lent can be a bit scary for children with its theme of self-denial and upcoming death. Make Room lets children celebrate with fun activities such as baking bread, uncluttering their rooms and watching less TV that become a way of imitating Christ and making room in their lives for God.

*God Gave Us Easter by Lisa Bergren
Papa Polar Bear explains to Little Cub how Easter came about in clear, simple terms that even the littlest ones can understand. Ages 3-7

*The Easter Egg by Jan Brett
Hoppi Bunny wants to make the best Easter egg so he can help the Easter Bunny deliver eggs on Easter morning. But while thinking how to do this he encounters an abandoned robin’s egg and keeps it safe until it hatches. As in all her books the pages abound with vibrant illustrations – here spring flowers, vines and pussy willows. Borders feature bunnies coloring eggs and the robin family’s story. Ages 3-5

*A Royal Easter Story (The Princess Parables) by Jeanna Young
Princesses Joy, Grace, Faith, Charity, and Hope and their new friends, the young knights must brave hardships as they travel to the Easter celebration. They learn that in trusting God they can overcome any obstacle. Ages 4-8

Legend of the Easter Egg by Lori Walburg
While preparing for Easter in his small prairie town, Thomas hears the story of the resurrection of Jesus and discovers the meaning of new life through the symbolism of the Easter egg. Includes an information page about the traditions and symbols of Lent and Easter. Ages 4-7

Jesus (Get to Know Series) by Nancy I. Sanders
Biography of Jesus using color photographs, maps and other visual resources. Others in the series include biographies of David, Mary and St. Paul. Ages 6-10

Book Review – The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks