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Bread and Wine

Readings for Lent and Easter

by G.K. Chesterton, Frederick Buechner, Philip Yancey, Thomas Merton, C.S. Lewis, Henri J. M. Nouwen, Augustine

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 read­ing and reflec­tion. This col­lec­tion will sat­is­fy the grow­ing hunger for mean­ing­ful and acces­si­ble devo­tions. Culled from the wealth of twen­ty cen­turies, the selec­tions in Bread and Wine are ecu­meni­cal in scope, and rep­re­sent the best clas­sic and con­tem­po­rary Chris­t­ian writ­ers.

Includes more than sev­en­ty Lenten and East­er read­ings by Alexan­der Stu­art Bail­lie, Alfred Kazin, Alis­ter E. McGrath, Amy Carmichael, Bar­bara Brown Tay­lor, Bar­bara Cawthorne Crafton, Blaise Pas­cal, Bren­nan Man­ning, C. S. Lewis, Christi­na Ros­set­ti, Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt, Clarence Jor­dan, Dag Ham­marskjöld, Dale Auk­er­man, Diet­rich Bon­ho­ef­fer, Dorothee Soelle, Dorothy Day, Dorothy Say­ers, Dylan Thomas, E. Stan­ley Jones, Eber­hard Arnold, Edith Stein, Edna Hong, Emil Brun­ner, Ernesto Car­de­nal, Flem­ing Rut­ledge, Fred­er­i­ca Math­ewes-Green, Fred­er­ick Buech­n­er, Fyo­dor Dos­to­evsky, G. K. Chester­ton, Geof­frey Hill, George Mac­Don­ald, Hen­ri Nouwen, Hen­ry Drum­mond, Howard Hage­man, J. Hein­rich Arnold, Jean-Pierre de Caus­sade, Johann Christoph Arnold, John Dear, John Donne, John Howard Yoder, John Mase­field, John Stott, John Updike, Joyce Hol­ly­day, Jür­gen Molt­mann, Kahlil Gibran, Karl Barth, Kath­leen Nor­ris, Leo Tol­stoy, Madeleine L’Engle, Mal­colm Mug­geridge, Mar­tin Luther, Meis­ter Eck­hart, Mor­ton T. Kelsey, Moth­er Tere­sa, N. T. Wright, Oscar Wilde, Oswald Cham­bers, Paul Tillich, Peter Kreeft, Philip Berri­g­an, Philip Yancey, Romano Guar­di­ni, Sad­hu Sun­dar Singh , Saint Augus­tine, Simone Weil, Søren Kierkegaard, Thomas à Kem­p­is , Thomas Howard, Thomas Mer­ton, Toy­ohiko Kagawa, Wal­ter J. Ciszek, Wal­ter Wan­gerin, Watch­man Née, Wen­dell Berry and William Willimon.

2003

About the Authors

Thomas Merton

C.S. Lewis

Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was a British novelist, poet, academic, medievalist, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian, broadcaster, lecturer, and Christian apologist.

Henri J. M. Nouwen

Henri Jozef Machiel Nouwen (1932-1996), was a Dutch Catholic priest, professor, writer and theologian. His interests were rooted primarily in psychology, pastoral ministry, spirituality, social justice and community. 

Augustine

Augustine of Hippo (354-430 AD), also known as Saint Augustine, Saint Austin, or Blessed Augustine, was an early Christian theologian and philosopher whose writings influenced the development of Western Christianity and Western philosophy.