One way to capture the spirit of the Lenten season is to read a book about it, according to Carl McColman, author, of ‘Answering the Contemplative Call.’
Monks of the order of St. Benedict were issued books from the library during Lent and, McColman says, what’s good for monks is probably good for the rest of us.
He suggests several titles, including:
- Simplifying the Soul: Lenten Practices to Renew Your Spirit by Paula Huston.
- A Joyful Heart: Meditations for Lent by Martin Thornton.
- Small Surrenders: A Lenten Journey by Emilie Griffin.
Many Christian and book-oriented sites also compiled lists of things to read for Lent.
Heartsandminds.com lists 10 books for Lent, with their first recommendation being God for Us: Rediscovering the Meaning of Lent and Easter edited by Greg Pennoyer & Gregory Wolfe
The popular social media site for book lovers, Good Reads, has a selection of Lenten books that readers recommend. Topping their list is a novel Now and at the Hour of Our Death by J.S.B. Morse