by StPeters on February 16, 2017

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Lent reading suggestions. As part of your Lenten discipline, you might be interested in reading a book that you wouldn’t otherwise read. You may wish to do this as an individual, or if you are part of a house group, you may decide to do this together. Here are a couple of recommendations:
‘Dethroning Mammon: Making Money Serve Grace’ by Archbishop Justin Welby (the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book 2017). ‘Mammon’ is a way of referring to the power of money. We value what we can see and measure – but our vision is often partial and distorted. As Justin Welby puts it, “Seeing correctly is one of the greatest spiritual disciplines”. When Mammon is dethroned, we are better able to see clearly, and value properly. This is an accessible, thoughtful and thought-provoking book on why and how we should resist allowing the power of economics and finance, and the narrative of scarcity, to displace the lordship of Jesus and the narrative of abundance. The foreword is by Jean Vanier, founder of L’Arche, a series of communities where women and men both with and without profound disabilities live together as equals, with those who have no ‘value’ in society at the centre. Justin Welby uses well-known New Testament stories (such as the raising of Lazarus, the calling of Zaccheus, and the anointing of Jesus by Mary) as lenses through which to view the contrast between the values of Mammon and those of the kingdom of God. The book contains 6 chapters, as well as the foreword and introduction, making it very suitable as a Lent book. It is published by Bloomsbury, and priced at £9.99.
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‘Let Me Go There: The Spirit of Lent’ by Paula Gooder. Paula Gooder is an accomplished and learned theologian with the gift of communicating profound truths in a straightforward manner. The title comes from the following poem by R. S. Thomas –
And God held in his hand A small globe. Look he said. The son looked. Far off, As through water, he saw a scorched land of fierce Colour. The light burned There; crusted buildings cast their shadows: a bright Serpent, A river uncoiled itself, radiant with slime. On a bare hill a bare tree saddened the sky. Many people held out their thin arms to it, as though waiting for a vanished April to return to its crossed boughs. The son watched them. Let me go there, he said.
Using the interlocking themes of Jesus’ temptations in the wilderness, and his calling of the disciples, Paula Gooder reflects on what we are called to. She asks whether we are prepared not simply to be lifelong followers, but lifelong learners of Jesus. She draws on her deep biblical scholarship to invite us to expand our understanding of God’s nature, and how we are called to respond. The book is structured with 6 chapters, each containing either 5 or 6 reflections, allowing for more or less daily reading during Lent, with a little extra space. It is published by Canterbury Press, and priced at £8.99.
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You may wish to source these books for yourself. However, in the spirit of ‘Dethroning Mammon’, rather than going to Amazon or one of the bigger book chains, you may like to support our local Christian bookship, ‘Cornerstone’ in Skipton buy buying it from there. There will be a sign-up sheet at church on Sunday for anyone who would like to buy either book from there – or you can e-mail me at [email protected], or ring 01274 405170 to let me know that you would like a copy. I will put in a bulk order on Monday 20th February.
Revd. Julie Bacon
Assistant Curate, St Peter’s Church, Shipley

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