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Bread and Wine: Readings for Lent and Easter

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Though Easter (like Christmas) 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 readin
Hardcover, 430 pages
Published November 3rd 2014 by Plough Publishing House (first published October 1st 2002)
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Apr 07, 2016 Ashley rated it really liked it
Shelves: christ-following
Now, this collection made me dig deep.

These 72 readings—divided into themes of invitation, temptation, the passion, the crucifixion, the resurrection, and new life—are best read one at a time, with plenty of time in between for meditation.

The writers include G.K. Chesterton, Wendell Berry, N.T. Wright, John Stott, Dorothy Sayers, C.S. Lewis, Mother Teresa, Christina Rossetti, Oswald Chambers, Saint Augustine, Kierkegaard, Bonhoeffer, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and a whole host of others. (There are m
Feb 03, 2015 Faith rated it it was amazing
Bread and Wine is a collection of seventy-two readings spanning all the themes of Lent and Easter.
There are poems, prayers, meditations, excerpts from sermons and essays and lengthy theological tomes.

The authors come from all over the world, from all ages and times.

There is Kahlil Gibran, an early 20th century Lebanese poet raised as a Maronite Catholic.
There is George MacDonald, a Scottish fantasy author and minister in the 1800s.
There is Ernesto Cardenal, a Nicaraguan poet and cultural ac
Create With Joy
Mar 06, 2015 Create With Joy rated it it was amazing
If you want to deepen your spiritual life and reflect on the mystery and miracle of Christ’s death and resurrection – then consider Bread And Wine – Readings For Lent And Easter for your personal devotional time!

Bread And Wine is a collection of 72 readings from a wide spectrum of classic and contemporary authors who share their thoughts on the following themes:

* Invitation
* Temptation
* Passion
* Crucifixion
* Resurrection
* New Life

In case you are wondering why there are 72 readings since there ar
May 25, 2013 Jen rated it really liked it
Shelves: theology
some of the readings I enjoyed more than others, but overall, a worthwhile book. Will add more quotes as I have time.

Some gems so far...

Beneath Thy Cross- Christina Rossetti
Am I a stone, and not a sheep,
That I can stand, O Christ, beneath thy cross,
To number drop by drop Thy Blood's slow loss,
And yet not weep?

Not so those women loved
Who with exceeding grief lamented Thee;
Not so fallen Peter weeping bitterly;
Not so the thief was moved;

Not so the Sun and Moon
Which hid their faces in a sta
The folks that put this devotional together did a great job. There is a wide variety of authors and subjects from Kathleen Norris through Muggeridge to some folks I have never read before.

This is the third year I have used this book for my Lenten devotions. So far it hasn't gotten old. There are some devotions that I remember from year to year, but that does not affect the impact that the whole collection has.

Every year I read and learn something new. I would recommend this to anyone who is int
Feb 11, 2016 Crystal rated it did not like it
So disappointed! Most of this collection is greatly distorting scripture!! The writers are taking verses terribly out of context and some seem mentally disturbed. Good grief! Pretty covered book will go in the trash. The only handful of good readings can't save it.
I bought this months ago and looked forward to reading it during Lent season. Now I look forward to burning it in the weekend's bonfire.
J. Ewbank
May 25, 2015 J. Ewbank rated it really liked it
Shelves: a-good-read, religion
This is an excellent book for Lent and Easter. It is a collection of essays written by many Chrisitan masters. It provides one with an exceellent breadth of devotions and throughts for the season. It is a useful book for the individual as well as for a group. Happy to have this book in my library.

J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the Isms" "Wesley's Wars" and "To Whom It May Concern"
Sep 23, 2016 Conrad rated it really liked it
A broad collection of writings from a wide variety of Christian authors covering six sections: Invitation, Temptation, Passion, Crucifixion, Resurrection and New Life. Great for daily devotional reading. I think my favorite essay in the whole book was Malcolm Muggeridge's 'Impending Resurrection' - excellent!
Apr 08, 2015 Shasta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a beautiful book of devotionals for the Lent and Easter season! I highly recommend this one to you all.
C.E. Hart
Jan 22, 2015 C.E. Hart rated it liked it
Shelves: devotional
…And thus we rust Life’s iron chain degraded and alone: and some men curse, and some men weep, and some men make no moan: but God’s eternal Laws are kind and break the heart of stone. ~Oscar Wilde (The Ballad of Reading Gaol)

Bread and Wine: Readings for Lent and Easter, is a book of daily meditations that encourage us to reflect on obstacles in our lives, strengthen our faith, and prepare our hearts for Easter.

This collection of seventy-two readings is grouped into six themes: Invitation, Tempta
Julius McCarter
Dec 02, 2014 Julius McCarter rated it it was amazing
I recently reviewed Plough Publishing's Watch for the Light Advent and Christmas devotional. This collection is a sequel to that devotional. And it's simply the best I've seen.

With the same theological diversity and literary complexity, Bread and Wine: Readings for Lent and Easter is a beautifully-written, spiritually-deep, theologically-challenging and ecumenically-diverse collection. This is the Lent and Easter devotional that I'll return to year after year.

The collection of readings is itse
John Sheehan
Oct 05, 2016 John Sheehan rated it liked it
So many authors; so much wisdom and knowledge, how could one not love this book taking one down the path of amazing people who have been touched by a loving and living God like just one author in this book whom I just love his lively words is John Stott; saying,

I could never myself believe in God, if it were not for the cross. The only God I believe in is the one Nietzsche ridiculed as “God on the Cross.” In the real world of pain, how could one worship a God who was immune to it? I have entered
Sep 06, 2009 Paul rated it it was amazing
"For Breadth of scope and depth of insight nothing rivals this collection", says on the dust jacket. I heartily agree! This collection of readings is the best supplement to Lenten and Easter devotional reading that I have ever used. I've never seen such a selection of great authors' writings between the covers of one book. Each of the 72 selections are about 4 or 5 pages long. They are grouped into 6 sections that form a progression from the Invitation prepare for Easter by seriously examining o ...more
Mar 30, 2016 Mallory rated it really liked it
A wonderful preparation for the Easter season. I enjoyed the variety of readings and perspectives presented.

Favorite quotes: "Very few of us debate with the sordid and evil and wrong, but we do debate with the good. It is the good that hates the best, and the higher up you get in the scale of the natural virtues, the more intense is the opposition to Jesus Christ...Beware of refusing to go to the funeral of your own independence." - Oswald Chambers, from "The Relinquished Life"

"Realize that to
Mar 03, 2015 Valeska rated it really liked it
At first, I was getting a bit of whiplash reading this book as it is a very diverse collection of writings. It is tough to hop from Martin Luther to Thomas Merton to Leo Tolstoy to Dorothy Sayers to Edith Stein. I had to take it more slowly to get more out of it. It was very helpful to reference the small biography at the back of the book for the different authors. It made it easier to go into reading a passage when I knew it was written by an "American Protestant existentialist theologian" or " ...more
Jun 07, 2013 Jamie rated it liked it
This is another book of daily devotional readings that came to me from a minister at my church. It is a collection of writings by a variety of church and lay people, organized to take you through Lent, the Easter season, and beyond. Some of the readings did give me some things to think about as I made the journey through the season (ending today because sometimes I fall off of my devotional bandwagon). A few really got me thinking about how I need to reshape a few things in my life to live a mor ...more
Feb 17, 2008 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: imperfect Christians
Recommended to Jennifer by: the old Plough catalogues from the Bruderhof
So I didn't get all the way through this book, as it was on the kitchen table when the ceiling started leaking again, resulting in some gnashing of teeth and calls to the landlord. But it's good enough that I may replace it in time for some future Lent.

There are selections by authors both renowned and unknown grouped by a progression of Lenten themes: invitation, temptation, passion, crucifixion, resurrection. These short essays and poems are thoughtfully chosen and challenging. In large part t
Apr 15, 2014 Jeff rated it it was amazing
This is one terrific book. I've been reading this daily over Lent and have found it to be one of the best sources of devotional readings I've yet encountered. It contains 72 readings, each 3-6 pages in length, by a wide variety of authors from Augustine to Watchman Nee to N.T. Wright. It's a great collection that has delivered without fail on a daily basis. You will not be disappointed with this collection
Allison Severson
Apr 25, 2011 Allison Severson rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed many of the readings from this book. My family read the poem, "The Seven Stanzas of Easter" together before Easter dinner, and I read others throughout lent and Easter. I didn't read every single reading, but will definitely go back to this book next year. I like that the book is divided into sections (crucifixion, new life, passion, etc) so that you can pick and choose what to read.
Took me a little longer to finish this one beyond the Easter season. I have previously read "Watch for the Light" which is for the Advent season. I enjoyed it so much that I was thrilled to learn there was a Lenten edition. While this one is much lengthier than its Advent counterpart, the selection of writings is still top notch and made for wonderful devotional reading for Lent and Easter this year.
Apr 16, 2015 Anna rated it really liked it
A good collection of writing excerpts organized around the themes of invitation, temptation, passion, crucifixion, resurrection, and new life. I got to know some new authors that I had never heard of before (I really appreciated the thorough bibliography at the end) and enjoyed some new essays from authors that I already like. The poetry was especially good. Will probably pick this up again during a future lent/easter season.
Apr 14, 2016 Shasta rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-of-2016
This is an amazing book to read during the Lenten season. It is thought provoking and a wonderful study as you journey from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday. Each chapter/devotion is written by some of the foremost authors and theologians of the Christian faith. Having such a wide and varied group of voices offers you so many ways to approach Easter and all it means.
May 12, 2008 Nikki marked it as to-read
Recommended to Nikki by: Songbird
Note that Wendell Berry is only one among many authors represented in these readings -- and perhaps not representative. Kierkegaard, Bonhoeffer, Thomas a Kempis, Thomas Merton are among the others. So far, 17 days into Lent, I'm finding it very strong on Fall-Redemption, substitutionary atonement theology. -- Later -- I never did finish and now have put this aside for next year.
May 21, 2011 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of insightful short daily readings on suffering, waiting, crucifixion, resurrection, etc - all themes surrounding Lent. If you like and are enriched by a diversity of theological perspectives being brought to bear on one theme, these 72 short chapters are for you. I'm planning the read the Advent version of this series.
May 11, 2008 Cathy added it
This is an anthology of readings for Lent and Easter. Writers include C. S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, Frederick Buechner, Madeleine L'Engle, Henri Nouwen, and Dorothy Day, Wendell Berry, and others. I am reading one writing a day. Excellent readings for Lent. I am reading this for an online book discussion with Revgalblogpals.
Jul 29, 2011 Adam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: devotional
This is an excellent collection of writings to be used during Lent and Easter. It contains short excerpts from modern theologians such as N.T. Wright and Jurgen Moltmann to more historical thinkers like Pascal and Augustine. As is common with collections such as this, some readings are better than others but all in all it makes for good reflective material.
Nancy Moffett
Apr 27, 2015 Nancy Moffett rated it it was amazing
Good solid Lent and Easter readings from a wide variety of authors. Surprising how they all agree on the most important facts. Christ died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again. I read this book in Lent (some years) to prepare. Good variety, good writing.
Perfect for helping me focus with a fresh perspective on this time of year. This book, along with a number of other outside influences, helped me handle the season responsibly for the first time ever.
Apr 04, 2016 Christina rated it really liked it
Shelves: spirituality
This is an excellent anthology of readings for Lent and Easter. The essays come from a variety of sources and theologians from centuries ago to the present. I always like anthologies like this because I can dip into at any time and find meaningful and thought-provoking words.
Jul 02, 2013 Alan rated it it was amazing
Very good devotional for Lent, Easter, and the months beyond, with readings from Augustine, N T Wright, Dorothy Day, and a diverse group of others. Longer review here:
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