By Rev. Kathy Noble, editor, Interpreter*
New studies from popular authors will be available for Lent 2012.
“Final Words: From the Cross” [Cokesbury, www.Cokesbury.com, (800) 672-1789] by Adam Hamilton looks at Christ's dying hours and his final words. A study DVD with seven teaching sessions is also available.
“Mosaic” (Cokesbury) is a seven-week study in which Shane Stanford looks at how God transforms brokenness and discarded hopes and dreams into something beautiful and useful. Each lesson includes Scripture, a reading, discussion questions and suggestions for reading and reflection during the week.
“Reaching toward Easter – Devotions for Lent” [Upper Room, www.upperroom.org, (800) 972-0433] by Derek Maul features 47 meditations based on John 12-20 for use from Ash Wednesday through Easter Sunday and into the "Eighth Day." Use “Reaching toward Easter” individually or for a six-week group study.
Bishop Rueben Job's newest book asks “Three Simple Questions” (Cokesbury): Who is God? Who am I? Who are we together? A chapter devoted to each question includes commentary, Scripture and examples from Jesus' teaching. Additional questions to provoke deep reflection can be used for a six-week study of the three chapters. The study is appropriate for Lent or any other time of year.
“Way Words” by John Indermark (Cokesbury) is a collection of 47 readings organized around phrases or sentences in the Bible that illuminate what it means to journey by faith. A brief prayer or spiritual exercise follows each "way word" Scripture excerpt.
Also new from Cokesbury for Lent 2012 are “Call Him Savior” and “The Sanctuary for Lent 2012.” The first, by John Gooch and Nan Duerling, is a study based on Bible readings from the Revised Common Lectionary. Sanctuary is a collection of 47 daily devotions by Robert V. Dodd.
*Reprinted with permission