Preparing for a Fruitful Forty Days of Lent – Some Spiritual Reading Resources

β€’ Surrender to God: An orientation to Lent, by John Henry Newman
β€’ The Spiritual Meaning of Fasting, by Carlos Alonso Vargas
β€’ Focus for Fasting: Pursuing our higher calling to serve and worship Christ, by Jerry Munk
β€’ Fasting and Hungering for Righteousness: A selection of readings for Lent from the early fathers

β€’ The Holy Spirit Reveals the Merciful Father, by Raniero Cantalamessa
β€’ God Calls Sinners to Make Them Saints: Simon Peter’s Story, by Jeanne Kun
β€’ The Prodigal Son by Rembrandt – Master Painter and Storyteller

β€’ The Great Downfall, by Steve Clark
β€’ A Mirror to see Inside Ourselves, by Gregory the Great (540-604 AD)
β€’ The Mountain of Your Sins Will Never be too High, by Cyril of Jerusalem (349-386 AD)
β€’ Why Does God Allow Temptation? by Maximus the Confessor (580-662 AD) 
β€’ Dead to Sin, by John Chrysostom (349-407 AD)

β€’ Conquering Ourselves and Overcoming the Evil One, wisdom from early fathers
β€’ Walking in the Light, by Gregory of Nyssa
β€’ Christ Calls Us Deeper Still by John Henry Newman

β€’ It’s Not About You! by Bob Tedesco
β€’ Pursuing Holiness in an Unholy World, a strategy for winning, by Tom Caballes
β€’ He Must Increase: Finding Our Identity in Jesus Christ, by Jan Munk
β€’ True Holiness, by Bruce Yocum
β€’ Manna and Mammon: A battlefield on which the Lord challenges us to show our mettle, by Daniel Propson

β€’ Repentance, Forgiveness, Heaven, and Hell: quotes from C.S. Lewis
β€’ There Are No Ordinary People, by C.S. Lewis
β€’ Growing Downward to Grow Up: The Life of Repentance, by J.I. Packer
β€’ The Danger of β€œI Would Never Do That,” by Sam Williamson
β€’ No Fig Leaves, Please: Confession before Repentance, by Sam Williamson
β€’ Repentance After Confession: Filling the Emptiness, by Sam Williamson

β€’ The Cross – the One True Glorification of God, by Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI
β€’ The Cross of Christ – the Measure of the World, by John Henry Newman
β€’ Emptied for Our Sake, by Bernard of Clairvaux
β€’ Worship at the Cross, by Charles Simpson

β€’ God Has Reigned from a Tree: Meditations on the Cross of Jesus Christ
β€’ Ecce Homo! – Behold the Man!, by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
β€’ He Bore Our Pride In His Body on the Cross, by Raniero Cantalamessa
β€’ What Happened on the Cross, by the early church fathers

β€’ Salt and Light: Our Vocation to Holiness, by Donald Bloesch
β€’ Why the Church Needs Saints, by W.E. Sangster
β€’ On Saints and Saintliness, by John Henry Newman
β€’ The Agony in the Garden: Love’s Surrender, by Jeanne Kun

β€’ Saints or Sinners? by Jerry Bridges
β€’ The Discipline of Confession, by Richard Foster
β€’ Holy, Holy, Holy: Isaiah’s Call and Mission – and Ours by Tom Mangan
β€’ Sloth – the deadly vice of our present age, by Peter Kreeft

β€’ The Lavish Love of the Prodigal Father: reflection by Don Schwager
β€’ Countering Vice with Virtue: Part I – Faith and Virtue, by Don Schwager
β€’ Attaining True Greatness – Humility versus Pride, by Don Schwager
β€’ With Jesus in the Wilderness for Forty Days, by Don Schwager

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