some reading for the season

March 16, 2010

I’ve had a few books come my way from InterVarsity which were timely reads for the current season of Lent and Easter to come:

The Mystery of the Cross: Bringing Ancient Christian Images to Life, by Judith Couchman
This is a book of forty short essays describing how the cross has been portrayed artistically throughout history. It is part devotional and part art history. Overall, it was a great complement to the Lenten season for me. (Though if I had had more foresight, I would have used it as a daily reading for Lent.) At times, I had trouble connecting with some of the devotional reflections that wrapped up each essay, but seeing how others have used the image of the cross was interesting enough on its own for me.

The Challenge of Easter, by NT Wright
No contemporary writer has more to say about Easter and resurrection than Bishop NT Wright. This short 60 page book is a digest of some of his longer writings. (Digest indeed…The Resurrection of the Son of God is over 700 pages.) It can be an accessible introduction or a helpful reminder for the Easter season, depending on how much of Wright’s work you have read. My friend Winn Collier will be facilitating a conversation through this book in the Easter season.


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