Lent: Book Recommendations


Some people take on the spiritual discipline of reading a Christian book during Lent. I have been asked what books I would recommend. Here is a short list of titles I would suggest folks consider. If you have a book you would recommend, comment and let me know.


The Prodigal God, Tim Keller
Abba’s Child, Brennan Manning
The Prayer Life, Andrew Murray
Life of the Beloved, Henri Nouwen
The Cross of Christ, John Stott


The Great Divorce, C.S. Lewis
Silence, Shusaku Endo
The Power and the Glory, Graham Greene
Gilead, Marilynne Robinson

[Editor’s note: Also great for Lent–our own Russ Ramsey’s Behold the Lamb of God: An Advent Narrative.]

Thomas McKenzie is the author of The Anglican Way, a book he describes as a traveler’s guide to the Anglican tradition, as well as The Harpooner, an Advent reader featuring harpoons—how awesome is that. He graduated from the University of Texas and attended seminary at the Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, Pennsylvania. He was ordained as an Anglican priest in 1998 and planted the Church of the Redeemer in Nashville in 2004, where he is the still pastor. He’s also keeps samurai swords in his office, and wears a skull ring.