It’s Lent season once again, and as we prepare for Easter, we like to indulge in different activities as we repent on our sins, open our hearts to Jesus Christ, as we wait for his resurrection. One way is to read books. Check our list for books to lift your spirits and will make you embrace the Lent season.
- The Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen
The Return of the Prodigal Son is an oil painting by the Dutch Golden Age painter Rembrandt, which depicts a son that’s in tatters coming home to his father’s arms after wasting his inheritance, and the father welcoming him in a tender embrace. Nouwen reflects his encounter with a replica of the famous painting, and summons a powerful and captivating parable that will surely melt the hearts of the readers. In this book, he talks of three main characters in the prodigal son story who are all men, but he is truly careful to point out how these respective spiritual beings are applicable to both men and women.
This book is sure to wake up your spiritual self as the book is enveloped with themes of homecoming, reconciliation, compassion and all things that will surely lift up your souls.
- You Are the Beloved by Henri Nouwen
You Are the Beloved is a daily devotional intended to empower readers to claim this truth in their own lives. Featuring the best of Nouwen’s writing from previously published works, this devotional propels the canon forward as it draws on this rich literature in new and compelling ways. It will appeal to readers already familiar with Nouwen’s work as well as new readers looking for a devotional to guide them into a deeper awareness of their identity in Jesus.
- The Way of a Pilgrim
Readers say that this is a beneficial book that guides you on your spiritual journey! The author, an anonymous 19th century Russian peasant, tells about voyages and travels and dives into the topic of prayer: how to value them and believing in its power. He also shares his religious experiences in such an elaborate narrative. It will truly open the eyes of everyone to the promptings of God and will truly enlighten your souls during this Lent season.
- Not The Way It’s Supposed To Be by Cornelius Platinga
If you’re interested in a rather diverse topic in the subject of faith, Not the Way it’s Supposed to Be is a rather good read for you. The book presents the nature and dynamics of sin, and retrieves an awareness that was lost in modern society. Cornelius Platinga, the author of the book examines the relationship of sin to addiction, and concludes by describing the “movements of sin”. He defines sin as the destruction of shalom, the peace and harmony and blessedness God intended for creation. Creation is no longer the way it’s supposed to be. Plantinga describes how sin corrupts what is good and how such corruption spreads.
It is surely a book that will open your minds, especially during this season of repentance.
There are other more aspiring, soul-lifting books that are highly recommended to read to distract ourselves from the earthly things and sins, but the ones listed above will surely lead our hearts, minds and souls closer to God, and let us embrace the spirit of Lent Season.