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Journeying With Luke (Lectionary Year C)
Bringing the Gospel Alive for Groups and Individuals
by James Woodward, Paula Gooder, Mark Pryce
Publisher:SPCK (Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge)
Paula Gooder, Mark Pryce and James Woodward follow up their successful collaboration on Mark’s Gospel with this new volume on Luke, the Gospel for Year C of the Churches’ Lectionary. Once again it will be a useful introduction for individuals, groups and preachers, even those already familiar with Luke. It may be short, compared with many commentaries, but it contains plenty of stimulating material, with six chapters on the main seasons of the year and two more on ‘Ordinary Time’.
Paula, in addition to an introduction on Luke, the writer and the Gospel, then ‘explores the text’ (there are interesting features on such things as temptation, the journey and irony). In each chapter, Mark ‘imagines’ the text (and believe me, his poems and meditations really are imaginative. Look at his ‘out-of-character’ story of ‘shepherds’ in their Portakabin office! Or see Satan’s monologue after the bruising encounter with Jesus in the wilderness! And that’s just a taste.). Finally, James ‘reflects on’ the text, and preachers may find his thoughts especially helpful (for example on the person of Mary, on the nature of faith and on the parable of the Good Samaritan). Each chapter concludes with questions for an individual to mull over and for a group to have a go at, plus a prayer.
This is a book worth using.
Reviewer: Barry Vendy (07/11/12)