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The Way of the Desert
Daily Bible Readings Through Lent to Easter
by Andrew Watson
Publisher:BRF (Bible Reading Fellowship)
This years BRF Lent book includes group study material as usual.
I have not attempted to read all through this book – I have kept that treat till Lent, but the first few chapters caught my attention and kept me reading. Not the way you are intended to approach this book. Reading each designated passage as a daily discipline throughout Lent, and there is a reading for Easter Day as well, would be infinitely more rewarding than rushing through as a reviewer.
The theme throughout is looking at Jesus’ life and ministry alongside Israel’s time in the desert until their entry into the promised land. Read the introduction to see how Andrew Watson has approached this subject and why. The result is a closer look at both stories than most of us have undertaken before. We are led into new thoughts and insights that will enrich our faith – but need time to ponder upon. This is where sharing in a group can be such a positive experience.
I have browsed through the prayers at the end of each chapter, and as I have thought before when looking at similar books, these could be usefully gathered together into a little book of prayers on their own. Nearly all are written by the author and based on particular verses in the Bible, they form an integral part of the daily offering.
This book is special and highly recommended.
Reviewer: Mary Bartholomew (16/01/12)