For lent this year (as well as giving up chocolate again), I’ve decided to re-read two books that I’ve read and loved in the past.
The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren.
This book is handily split into 40 sections/days (although I’ve started a bit late so I’ll have to double up for a while, or finish a bit late). I’ve read it in the past, the first time was when I was part of the youth group at City Church Leeds, and it’s basically 40 days to reconnect with God and rediscover why he put us all here, what your life is about. Some people might think it all sounds a bit airy-fairy, but it was great the last time I read it, and it’s about time I read it again – maybe I shouldn’t leave it so long next time!
The Passion of Jesus Christ by John Piper.
I bought and started reading this last Easter, but I never got to the end, so this year I’m determined that I will. This one is in 50 sections, so I’ll have to read more than one a day, but I remember loving what I read before. The subtitle of this book is ‘Fifty reasons why Jesus came to die’, although it makes it clear that it’s not fifty causes, but fifty purposes – fifty reasons why Christ suffered and died for us – perfect for reading during Lent.
I’ve read this book a few times in the past (as you can probably tell from the tatty edges of the cover), and it’s one of my favourites. I’ve not read it for a while, and I found myself really wanting to read it last night. It’s a telling of the life of Jesus as you’ve never read it before, the language used is completely modern and relatable (and sometimes a little surprising). Throughout the book, there’s also fictional interviews with characters from the story, and thought provoking questions at the bottom of many pages. It’s great as a point of discussion, but also great for reading through from start to finish.
As Lacey writes in the intro:
It’s not a Bible, but it might just get you reaching for one.
As with The Word on the Street (another of my favourites), Lacey wrote this book while he was battling cancer, and sadly passed away two months after this book was published. He’s left a marvellous legacy though, one that his family can be very proud of.
Well, as expected, it didn’t take me very long to read this book. But I felt that the book didn’t really suit the Quick Read format very well, it all felt very rushed. I guess that would always be the case when you try and fit a 6 year war into 100ish pages, but I would have preferred if this was longer with a bit more detail.
The book is supposed to be the diary of an 18 year old girl called Amy, but at times it drifted way off from diary format and turned into more of a story, which was a little confusing. The language was also very simple, making it seem like Amy was a lot younger than she is supposed to be.
The author chickened out of writing a few scenes, reverting back to diary form and saying something like “I’ll not write about what happened next just in case someone reads this diary”. I guess it didn’t matter too much in the overall story-telling, but it just seemed like a bit of a cop-out.
I’d only give this book 2 out of 5, it would have been more if the book had been longer, or at least told with language appropriate to an 18 year old. It’s probably not one that I would read again if I’m honest.