Lent is fast approaching and now is the time to order the reading material to ensure you spend this devotional season deepening your knowledge and love of the faith. Below are the first suggestions as to what you might read. Do use the comments thread to share your own ideas. More next week.
Lord of the world Robert Hugh Benson
A short novel, written in 1908, regarding an apocalyptic vision of the end of the world. Although the predictions of future technology are dated- the insights and warnings about the modern age remain eerily apposite.
Screwtape letters C. S. Lewis
A classic work of fiction in which correspondence in shared between a junior demon and his master regarding the desired downfall of his subject – an average man. Contains much wisdom about the nature of sin.
The Power and the glory Graham Greene
How does good spoil and how can rot be redeemed? That is the central question within this tale of the whiskey priest who, despite his many failings, can’t quite let go of his vocation. It poses many deep and interesting questions regarding the effect of grace on the fallen world.
NON – FICTION
Lent with Pope Benedict XVI
Daily reflections for Lent written by the greatest living theologian, the Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.
The Smoke of Satan Philip Lawler
A difficult read in that it explores the abuse crisis in the church and corruption and failings in the Vatican. But useful, necessary and containing answers for how the laity can help bring about healing and restoration.
Fires of faith: Catholic England under Mary Tudor Eamon Duffy
Shorter than his epic ‘Stripping the altars’ this book explores life in England during the tumultuous period of Mary’s rule. Duffy’s gift to academia has been to help untangle truth from the many myths that still perpetuate, due to cultural bias, regarding this most difficult period in English history.
Evangelical Catholicism George Weigel
In this book Weigel argues that the Catholic Church is in a process of historic change and stands on the threshold of a bold new era. The institutional and tribal belonging of previous generations is giving way to an authentic Evangelical Catholicism for the third millennium…bring it on!