This year, for Lent, I’ve been taking the advice of one of our other TTC writers and, instead of giving something up, I’ve added devotional readings. Like Renea, I’ve added children’s readings from the charming and talented Sally Lloyd-Jones. I’ve been adding a chapter a day throughout Lent from her Jesus Storybook Bible to my morning routine.
If you’re looking for something to do to remember Holy Week
this week and if you love beautiful, simple storytelling, or if you have children and would like to find something the whole family can participate in, readings from this book are a great idea. If you started today and wanted one reading through Good Friday, you would start with the story of the prodigal son and end with the crucifixion. Then, you could take a break on Saturday and pick up the readings on Easter morning with the story of Christ’s resurrection. A word of warning to purists: this book is more storybook than Bible, but that’s why I love it so much. Lloyd-Jones’s whimsical writing brings back my childhood delight and wonder at the Big Story of Christianity and helps me to see my faith from new perspectives and from old perspectives I thought I had lost. And if you’re looking for a Christianity 101 primer, this isn’t a bad place to begin, both for children and grown-ups.
Happy Holy Week.
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