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From Ash Wednesday to Pentecost, the Church Publishing Lent and Easter Collection offers wisdom, insight, and inspiration for this important season. Christians are an Easter people, and the 13 volumes presented in this collection demonstrate how this fact makes Lent a joyful time, even as it is a time of reflection and sacrifice.

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Key Features

  • Covers the daily office for the 40 days of Lent and 50 days of Easter
  • Offers reflections on the Lenten and Easter seasons
  • Examines Lenten and Easter traditions such as the Stations of the Cross

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40 Days: The Daily Office for Lent

  • Editor: Frank Tedeschi
  • Publisher: Church Publishing
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 432

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Many people want to “take on” a discipline for Lent rather than “give up” something. One of the disciplines that many Episcopalians and other Christians think about taking on is the regimen of structured daily prayer that includes the course-reading of Scripture. Forty Days: The Daily Office for Lent offers a toe-in-the-water introduction to the private recitation of morning and/or evening prayer.

Frank L. Tedeschi is the executive editor at Church Publishing Inc. and the publisher’s representative with the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music of the Episcopal Church. He is the editor of 40 Days: The Daily Office for Lent, Ministry with the Sick, and several other liturgical books.

A Time to Turn: Anglican Readings for Lent and Easter Week

  • Author: Christopher L. Webber
  • Publisher: Morehouse Publishing
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 144

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For centuries Lent has been a time when Christians stop and take stock of their lives. It is a time for revisiting the story of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. It is a time of focusing on our sinfulness and the need to repent, as well as a season in which we focus on putting aside our luxuries and making sure that others have what they need. All of these themes, and more, are explored in this collection of Anglican readings that begin with Ash Wednesday and end on the Saturday of Easter Week.

These readings are arranged in a regular sequence through each week of Lent. Sunday readings focus on God’s love, Mondays on the need for discipline, Tuesdays on fasting, Wednesdays on prayer, Thursdays on sin, Fridays on the cross, and Saturdays on baptism.

A Time to Turn draws on the best sermons, books, poems, and hymns of Anglican writers throughout the centuries, with a reading for each day, followed by the brief suggestion for focusing the reader’s meditations. Writers include Christina Rossetti, John Donne, Philips Brooks, John Keble, Thomas Traherne, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and many others. Brief biographies are included, along with a bibliography for those who would like to read more from a given writer.

A Time to Turn lives up to Webber’s reputation by being readable, thoughtful and useful. . . . The readings are uniformly well-chosen. . . . With its rich history, its range of topics—discipline, fasting, the cross, charity—and its variety of theologies and written style . . . this little book is a treasure box for small groups, youth ministers, retreat leaders, and individuals looking for a Lenten reflections that will fuel conversation and prayer.

—Lisa B. Hamilton, author, Wisdom from the Middle Ages for Middle-Aged Women

Christopher L. Webber is an Episcopal priest who has led urban, rural, and overseas parishes. He is the author of Love Came Down, A Time to Turn, Welcome to Sunday, Welcome to the Episcopal Church, and coauthor of A Year with American Saints.

Blessed Is She: Living Lent with Mary

  • Author: Tim Perry
  • Publisher: Morehouse Publishing
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 112

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Everyone is happy to see Mary in the crèche at Christmastime, but by the time the Magi head back East after the Feast of the Epiphany, Christians of many traditions are often ready to place Mary to the side too. But Timothy Perry presents a Mary who belongs in Lent as much as in Advent, showing what it means to die and live with the crucified and risen Jesus. Drawing primarily from the Gospel of Luke, this lovely book of spiritual reflections reveals a Lenten Mary who teaches us about being disciples. The result is a complex, inviting, strong character—a disciple to be emulated by all Christians, especially during this holy season. With a study for each week of Lent, along with questions to ponder, this is a thought-provoking volume for private use or parish study.

Tim Perry is the associate professor of theology at Providence College in Otterburne, Manitoba, and a lay reader in the Diocese of Rupert’s Land, Anglican Church of Canada.

Gifts from Within: Women’s Meditations for Lent

  • Author: Women of Brigid’s Place
  • Publisher: Morehouse Publishing
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 112

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This volume eschews the negative, penitential focus of Lent, recognizing the needs of women who already struggle with issues of worth and self-esteem. Instead, it uses the words of women from various backgrounds to explore their uniqueness and the gifts of their feminine spiritual nature. Through this approach, Lent becomes a time of inspiration.

A Lenten manual designed to feed and stretch the inner life of Christian women fits precisely the quietly rising tide of feminist energy and spirituality in humanity’s common life. This manual, prepared by the women of Brigid’s Place in Houston, is a girding companion for the inner work to which all people are called who hope for a new world of non-violence, justice and peace. These are the gifts of the Spirit, fostered keenly by women, by which the suffering of a violent world can be borne and transmuted into the aspiring love that St. Paul was certain ‘bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.’

—Bennett J. Sims, bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

This collection of meditations by women offers honest, instructive, and touching personal stories and reflections from which spiritual truths are expertly mined. It can become a meaningful companion of your Lenten journey.

—Sue Monk Kidd, author, The Dance of the Dissident Daughter

In these meditations, it is possible to see how the incarnation of God’s word takes place. First holy words are pronounced over ordinary lives. Then the lives become luminous. Finally someone unafraid to look describes the light in her own words, and the circle is complete. This way, God’s word goes on being made flesh, as each page of this book attests.

Barbara Brown Taylor, author, When God is Silent

These Lenten meditations, written by women for women, may encourage readers to find Lent to be a time of inspiration, a time when they may build their own relationships with God, rather than continuing to struggle with issues of worth and self-esteem, as they may have done in the past.

Episcopal Life

In its wide range of writings, Gifts from Within invites women to spend Lent focusing on the unique gifts of their feminine spiritual nature. This collection points the way for women to deepen their ability to recognize God’s love and to live as God directs. Starting with Ash Wednesday and ending on Easter Day, the daily mediation explore an aspect of women’s lives, their unique spirituality, and their heritage in the biblical stories. By connections their own stories—some sad some joyous—with the biblical texts, readers of these devotions may find Lent to be a time of inspiration instead of a time to be endured.

—The Anglican Bookstore

Brigid’s Place is a non-profit, ecumenical organization that supports the spiritual development of women through classes, lectures, discussion groups, workshops, and retreats. It is a ministry of Christ Church Cathedral located in downtown Houston.

In the Shadows of Holy Week: The Office of Tenebrae

  • Editors: Frederick C. Elwood and John L. Hooker
  • Publisher: Church Publishing
  • Publication Date: 2000
  • Pages: 42

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This helpful volume gives all necessary directions about how to do the office of Tenebrae in the parish according to the form set forth in The Book of Occasional Services. This paperback book contains Antiphons and Psalms set to psalm tones, printed in a large format with permission to copy for congregational use.

Frederick C. Elwood is coeditor of In the Shadows of Holy Week: The Office of Tenebrae with John L. Hooker.

John L. Hooker is coeditor of In the Shadows of Holy Week: The Office of Tenebrae with Frederick C. Elwood.

Lent with Evelyn Underhill

  • Editor: G.P. Mellick Belshaw
  • Publisher: Morehouse Publishing
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 112

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Half a century has passed since Evelyn Underhill’s death, yet her devotional writings have endured as a beacon to those who seek a deeper understanding of the “interior life” in the mystical Christian tradition. The editor’s personal discovery of Underhill’s works when he was a young student at General Theological Seminary moved him to pursue an extensive knowledge of her writings. From these he has skillfully culled readings appropriate for every day of Lent, from Ash Wednesday to Easter Eve and broadly following liturgical themes.

Now back in print, these selections were chosen with the purpose of deepening Lenten observance by allowing the reader to follow the thought of Underhill, from the “spiritual stocktaking” theme for Ash Wednesday to Easter Saturday’s joyous anticipation of God’s ultimate Gift.

G.P. Mellick Belshaw was ninth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey and author or coauthor of several books, including The Way I Get There and Lent with William Temple.

Living Lent: Meditations for These Forty Days

  • Author: Barbara Cawthorne Crafton
  • Publisher: Morehouse Publishing
  • Publication Date: 1998
  • Pages: 112

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For centuries the words and poetry of our hymns have spoken to us of God. Many people, in fact, find that what is heard in poetry and music sinks more deeply into the soul than anything else. And so it is to the beautiful seasonal hymns that Barbara Cawthorne Crafton turns for inspiration for daily meditations during this great devotional season of the church year.

“I hope that you find yourself humming familiar tunes to yourself as you read, and that this condition persists for the rest of the day,” writes Crafton. Those who have known the hymns forever as well as those who are new to these verses will find them, and Crafton’s meditations on faith, prayer, forgiveness, healing and more, an excellent companion for these important seasons of the year.

The author suggests that you sing the hymns from which she has selected short phrases that spark the meditations, and I think this is a particularly wonderful idea. Seasonal hymns do not become as familiar as general hymns, yet they are some of our most stunning poetry and music and deserve more attention and more spontaneous humming.


Barbara Cawthorne Crafton is a popular preacher, retreat leader, and writer. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, Reader’s Digest, Episcopal Life, and other publications. She is the author of many books, including Let Every Heart Prepare, Some Things You Just Have to Live With, and The Sewing Room.

Living the Resurrection: Reflections after Easter

  • Author: C. Franklin Brookhart
  • Publisher: Morehouse Publishing
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 160

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How do we live as “resurrection people?” How do we take those stories into our hearts and lives, living as though we believe resurrection to be a reality?

Frank Brookhart takes stories of the resurrection and illuminates a way for Christians and seekers to explore life in the new creation. Tying the Gospel narrative to our lives as followers of Jesus, he proposes a means for transforming people and churches through living into the resurrection with the Risen Lord.

Bishop Brookhart has given a great gift to the church and every disciple of the Risen Christ. He speaks with hope and gratitude to a church and culture that is riddled with fear and anxiety about the past, present and future. His adroit use of the everyday helps us to see resurrection possibility everywhere and in everyone. The reader will be invited again to believe in the resurrection but most of all to live the resurrection every minute of every day in every setting.

—Gregory Vaughn Palmer, resident bishop, Ohio West Episcopal Area, The United Methodist Church

We Western Christians tend to form our spiritual lives almost exclusively around Lenten themes and disciplines. Frank Brookhart’s insightful meditation on Easter and the centrality of the resurrection for Christian formation provides a salutary course correction for our spiritual journey.

—Kendall McCabe, professor emeritus of homiletics and worship, United Theological Seminary

C. Franklin Brookhart has studied and taught Scripture and preaching at a Jesuit college and United Methodist seminary. With 30 years of experience gleaned from ministries in a mission church, a small-town church, a town-and-gown parish, and a suburban church, he now serves as the bishop of Montana.

The Great 50 Days: The Daily Office from Easter to Pentecost

  • Editor: Frank Tedeschi
  • Publisher: Church Publishing
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 400

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Like its companion volume, 40 Days, this book is intended to be a toe-in-the-water introduction to the private recitation of the daily office. It will contain Rite Two morning and evening prayer from the Book of Common Prayer, the Psalter as prescribed and edited for each day from Easter morning through the day of Pentecost, the Collects, and all Bible readings (New Revised Standard Version) for the two-year lectionary cycle. The Prayer Book services of Order for Noonday and Compline (close of day) will also be included for readers who find those times more suitable for praying an office. Readings, prayers, and psalms will be included for the major holy days that often fall in Easter season, including the Annunciation (March 25) and St. Mark (April 25). Ideal for seekers who want to try out the discipline of daily morning and/or evening prayer.

Frank L. Tedeschi is the executive editor at Church Publishing Inc. and the publisher’s representative with the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music of the Episcopal Church. He is the editor of 40 Days: The Daily Office for Lent, Ministry with the Sick, and several other liturgical books.

The Song Forever New: Lent and Easter with Charles Wesley

  • Author: Paul Wesley Chilcote
  • Publisher: Morehouse Publishing
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 208

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A daily devotional inspired by the hymns of Charles Wesley, this new book paves the way for spiritual pilgrimage throughout this sacred period of the Christian year. Wesley’s lyrical theology and hymns represent a monumental devotional treasure within both the Anglican and Methodist heritage.

Sacred texts from Wesley’s Redemption Hymns and Resurrection Hymns are particularly well suited to the themes of Lent and Easter. Selections from both these collections are featured in the volume, including “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling,” as well as hymns, such as “Christ the Lord is Risen Today,” drawn from a wider selection of Wesley’s works.

The hymns are arranged around themes tied to scriptural texts proper to each day. Each of the 54 meditations includes a biblical text, the Wesley hymn selection (with a recommended tune for singing from the Episcopal Hymnal 1982), a brief meditation, and a prayer for the day. Suggestions are also provided for the use of these materials in a pattern of either morning or evening prayer.

Without the Wesleys, we’d still be singing metrical psalms as the primary music of our worship. Truly, it was the Wesleys and their zeal for evangelism that changed the entire flavor of our music in church. We went from a dry, Puritan-influenced, one-note-to-a-syllable approach and a concern that we not look too ‘enthusiastic’ to music of desire, hymns that touched the heart, and called for conversion.

—S. Elizabeth Searle, rector, Christ Church, Ridgewood

Paul Wesley Chilcote is author of Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus: Advent and Christmas with Charles Wesley. He is president of the Charles Wesley Society and professor of historical theology and Wesleyan studies director, Center for Applied Wesleyan Studies, at Ashland Theological Seminary.

Walking the Way of Sorrows: Stations of the Cross

  • Author: Katerina Katsarka Whitley
  • Illustrator: Noyes Capehart
  • Publisher: Morehouse Publishing
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 128

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Each year on Good Friday and throughout Lent, Christian congregations all over the world walk the Stations of the Cross, a commemoration of Jesus’ walk to Calvary. In Walking the Way of Sorrows, artist Noyes Capehart and writer/journalist Katerina Whitley provide a fresh resource for congregations and individuals who want to explore the meaning of these Stations more deeply. Capehart’s stark and powerful blockcuts of the 14 Stations are accompanied by monologues from the point of view of someone at each station. These monologues, along with biblical references and a brief liturgy, are excellent for individual devotion, but can also be used by groups who walk the Stations together.

Capeheart’s stark and powerful woodcuts of the 14 Stations and Whitley’s monologues, written from the point of view of an observer at each Station, combine to provide a fresh understanding of Our Lord’s passion. Each monologue begins with a verse of Scripture and concludes with a brief liturgy.

Catholic Parent

The collaboration by this artist and writer has produced a small, but powerful book that depicts the trails of Christ from his condemnation to his death and the placing of his body in the tomb. Walking the Way of Sorrows offers a fresh perspective for those who want to explore the meaning of the stations more deeply.

Episcopal Life

Katerina Katsarka Whitley is an adjunct instructor at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. A native of Thessaloniki, Greece, Whitley is the author of Speaking for Ourselves: Voices of Biblical Women, Seeing for Ourselves: Biblical Women Who Met Jesus, and Walking the Way of Sorrows.

Noyes Capehart is a professional artist whose works have been shown at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Smithsonian Museum, and elsewhere. His art has been featured in American Artist magazine as well as in private collections in the United States, Europe, and Mexico.

Windows into the Light: A Lenten Journey of Stories and Art

  • Author: Michael Sullivan
  • Publisher: Morehouse Publishing
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 192

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Building on the interest generated by Sullivan’s previous art and spirituality title, Windows into the Soul, this book focuses on the journey from darkness to light inherent in Lent. By using an easily accessible liturgical format, the book provides a pathway for those who walk from Ash Wednesday to the empty tomb of Easter.

Organized around holy days and Sundays in Lent, chapters begin with a prayer or poetic excerpt, followed by Scripture for the day or week. A narrative then expands on the themes introduced by the prayer and Scripture. Exercises following the narratives are simple—mostly collage exercises using differing techniques—and are accessible to a wide audience. Soul Questions, popular with readers, guide the spiritual exercise following the narrative, and Thoughts for the Journey, also popular with Windows readers, complete each chapter with suggestions for further reflection.

People will read these stories and remember them for a long time. A useful book for individuals and small groups, by a consummate storyteller and teacher.

Barbara Cawthorne Crafton, author, Mary and Her Miracle

Michael Sullivan provides deep insight through Windows into the Light. He invites us on a journey of opening our souls to fresh air and sunlight and, like any great guide, he encourages us to “let the bad spirits go and usher in God’s redeeming love through light.” In particular, Michael skillfully uses the Lenten season of the Christian year to usher in fresh air and sunlight so that little by little—as Lent literally means slow movement—we face directly into all the unresolved areas of our lives. By doing so, this book bends us toward resurrection.

—Michael Battle, author, Practicing Reconciliation in a Violent World

Michael Sullivan is an Episcopal priest and the rector of a large congregation in Lynchburg, Virginia. A former attorney, he is a frequent speaker and workshop leader.

The Week that Changed the World: The Complete Easter Story

  • Author: Timothy Dean Roth
  • Publisher: Seabury Books
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 128

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Beginning with Palm Sunday, the gospels record every day of Jesus’ life up to the time of his death and resurrection. These eight days are unparalleled in the canon of Scripture for their narrative power, their detail, and their focus. A unique synthesis of the four gospel accounts of the passion and resurrection of Christ is provided in this seamless and elegant narrative account of the Easter events, including every detail mentioned in all four Gospels, but without any unnecessary repetition or distracting references.

A chapter is assigned to each of these days to facilitate devotional reading and study during the days leading up to Easter. Two chapters are added on either side of the eight days to round out the story.

The book invites reader to experience the events of Christ’s passion as they happened, thus fully entering into the drama of the Easter story. More than anything, this book is an invitation to join Jesus and the disciples in walking the road that leads to Jerusalem, and to experience the events that happened there in an intimate and life-changing way.

If you want to be touched by God incarnate and have your life changed forever, it will only happen when you meet Jesus as the man who did for you what you cannot do for yourself. Tim Roth weaves the parallel stories of Jesus’ final days into an original and brilliant unified text that lifts the ancient story right into your own.

Robert E. Webber, former president, Institute for Worship Studies, Jacksonville, Florida

This book is an exceptional gift for Holy Week, meditation, and prayer. Tim Roth has done us an extraordinary service in bringing together all the gospel accounts and enabling us to comprehend and become immersed in the vastness of Christ’s sufferings. The complete Easter story fills us with unshakeable hope! Above all, my heart and life were deepened in gratitude.

—Marva J. Dawn, author, Reaching Out without Dumbing Down: A Theology of Worship for This Urgent Time

Timothy Dean Roth is a writer, theologian, and artist who lives in Ridgefield, Washington. He holds degrees from Wheaton College and Duke Divinity School.

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