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Bread and Wine

Readings for Lent and Easter

Arnold, Augustine, Berry, Buechner, Chesterton, Eckhart, Kierkegaard, Lewis, Merton, Norris, Pascal, Rossetti, Sayers, Tolstoy, Updike, Wilde, Yancey, and others

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Has there ever been a more hard-hitting, beautifully written, theologically inclusive anthology of writings for Lent and Easter? It’s doubtful. — Publishers Weekly

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Though Easter is often trivialized by the culture at large, it is still the high point of the religious calendar for millions of people around the world. And for most of them, there can be no Easter without Lent, the season that leads up to it. A time for self-denial, soul-searching, and spiritual preparation, Lent is traditionally observed by daily reading and reflection. This collection will satisfy the growing hunger for meaningful and accessible devotions. Culled from the wealth of twenty centuries, the selections in Bread and Wine are ecumenical in scope, and represent the best classic and contemporary Christian writers. Includes approximately fifty readings on Easter and related themes by Thomas à Kempis, Frederick Buechner, Oswald Chambers, Alfred Kazin, Jane Kenyon, Søren Kierkegaard, Thomas Merton, Henri Nouwen, Oscar Romero, Christina Rossetti, Edith Stein, Walter Wangerin, William Willimon, Philip Yancey, and others.

Hardcover, 5 x 7.25
ISBN: 978-0874869262

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Table of Contents

Section I – Invitation

Section II – Temptation

  • Geoffrey Hill: Lachrimae Amantis
  • Philip Berrigan: Keeping Watch
  • Fleming Rutledge: The Common Criminal
  • Emil Brunner: The Divine Scandal
  • Barbara Brown Taylor: Truth to Tell
  • John Donne: They Took My Lord Away
  • Ernesto Cardenal: Remember Her
  • Meister Eckhart: Merchandising Truth
  • John Dear: Sheath Your Sword
  • Romano Guardini: Believing Is Seeing
  • Henry Drummond: Turning

Section III – Passion

  • Kahlil Gibran: The Crucified
  • Christina Rossetti: Beneath Thy Cross
  • Blaise Pascal: The Mystery of Jesus
  • Jürgen Moltmann: Prisoner of Hope
  • Martin Luther: A Father’s Grief
  • Peter Kreeft: Shared Hells
  • Dag Hammarskjöld: For the Sacrificed
  • G. K. Chesterton: God the Rebel
  • Edith Stein: Thy Will Be Done
  • Wendell Berry: Still Bleeding
  • Dorothee Soelle: On This Gallows
  • Henri Nouwen: From Action to Passion
  • Mother Teresa: I Thirst for You

Section IV – Crucifixion

  • Dylan Thomas: This Bread I Break
  • Saint Augustine: Our Mediator
  • Thomas Howard: The Crucifix
  • Morton T. Kelsey: The Cross and the Cellar
  • Simone Weil: The Distance
  • John Stott: Naked Pride
  • Brennan Manning: The Signature of Jesus
  • Toyohiko Kagawa and Sadhu Sundar Singh: Life in the Blood 
  • Dale Aukerman: The Central Murder
  • Alexander Stuart Baillie: Thirsting 
  • Watchman Nee: It Is Done 
  • George MacDonald: The Father’s Hands
  • Paul Tillich: A Cosmic Cross

Section V – Resurrection

  • John Updike: Seven Stanzas at Easter
  • C. S. Lewis: The Strangest Story of All
  • Frederica Mathewes-Green: Merry Easter? 
  • Alister E. McGrath: In the Light of Victory
  • Howard Hageman: Paradise Now
  • Malcolm Muggeridge: Impending Resurrection 
  • Frederick Buechner: The End Is Life
  • Dorothy Sayers: The Greatest Drama
  • Karl Barth: Threatened by Resurrection
  • Walter J. Ciszek: Fear Not
  • Madeleine L’Engle: Waiting for Judas
  • Dorothy Day: The Mystery of the Poor
  • Philip Yancey: Jesus’ Reminders

Section VI – New Life

  • John Masefield: The Everlasting Mercy
  • Leo Tolstoy: I, Like the Thief
  • Fyodor Dostoevsky: Redemption
  • Alfred Kazin: I Had Been Waiting
  • E. Stanley Jones: The Christ of Experience
  • Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt: Christ Rising
  • Amy Carmichael: Calvary Love
  • Johann Christoph Arnold: The Power of Forgiveness
  • Jürgen Moltmann: The Feast of Freedom
  • Clarence Jordan: At God’s Expense
  • Henri Nouwen: Jesus Gives All
  • Joyce Hollyday: An Invitation
  • N. T. Wright: A New World
  • John Howard Yoder: The Way of Peace
  • Eberhard Arnold: Spirit of Fire

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