Lenten Reading Group: Malcolm Guite’s The Word in the Wilderness


Our Lenten reading group has begun! But you can still join in the fun. Jennifer Trafton is hosting a read-through and online discussion of The Word in the Wilderness by Malcolm Guite. Click through for more information about the book and the reading group.

About the book

For every day from Shrove Tuesday to Easter Day, the bestselling poet Malcolm Guite chooses a favorite poem from across the Christian spiritual and English literary traditions and offers incisive seasonal reflections on it.

Lent is a time to reorient ourselves, clarify our minds, slow down, recover from distraction and focus on the values of God’s kingdom. Poetry, with its power to awaken the mind, is an ideal companion for such a time. This collection enables us to turn aside from everyday routine and experience moments of transfigured vision as we journey through the desert landscape of Lent and find refreshment along the way.

Following each poem with a helpful prose reflection, Malcolm Guite has selected from classical and contemporary poets, from Dante, John Donne and George Herbert to Seamus Heaney, Rowan Williams and Gillian Clarke, and his own acclaimed poetry.

About the reading group

In lieu of live Zoom chats (because of the international time difference), participants will have the opportunity to submit questions for Malcolm Guite each week, which he’ll answer in a recorded interview every Friday. 

You are welcome to join at any time, even after the Lent season has ended. The interviews with Malcolm will be archived, and the online forum will be open indefinitely for new registrants to continue reading and discussing the book.

The Word in the Wilderness is available in the Rabbit Room Bookstore. Click here to order your copy.

And click here to sign up for this reading group.

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