Celebrate the Season of Lent
17 February 2021
Today is Ash Wednesday, the start of the reflective season of Lent where we remember the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, who withdrew to the wilderness and fasted for 40 days. Lent is a special time of reflection and faith, practiced through prayer and by giving up something that’s challenging.
During these 40 days, how will you observe Lent? Will you give up a particular vice, perhaps those chocolate bars you keep adding to your shopping trolley that never actually make it to the shelf. Or, perhaps you’ll be joining hundreds of people in the Lenten Positive Acts Challenge — participants perform one positive act for each of the days between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday. These positive acts can be as small as smiling at someone in the street to donating to a worthy cause.
To help you with your Lenten journey, we’ve compiled a wonderful selection of our much loved devotionals, prayers, and children’s Easter stories!
Lent and Easter Books for Children
Children’s Bible Stories for Lent and Easter
An appealing, small format book to introduce children to the Easter story.
- An Easter story for children aged 2-5
- This is a charming introduction to the Easter story
- Each page is a memorable and easy to remember
Simple, sincere, straightforward and heartwarming.
The sweet illustrations will be loved by pre-schoolers, and the simple and sincere text is easy to understand and remember.
This BIG book is ideal for shared reading.
- An Easter story for pre-schoolers
- This large edition is made for shared reading times together
- A simple way to share the message of Easter
Derived from the award-winning My Very First Bible, this well-known Bible story is presented in simple words and illustrated with child-friendly paper collage illustrations.
Notes are included for parents and teachers putting the story in context and giving ideas for discussion. The story is written in full on the back cover to help show the illustrations at the same time as reading to a large group.
A colourful and softly illustrated picture book, The Promised One is a perfect bedtime book for reading during Easter.
- An Easter story for children aged 4-7
- This is a beautiful telling of the Easter story for young children
- Kids will love the simple text and memorable images
Jesus made sick people well, he made food for thousands, cared for the lonely and the needy. He was like no one else, and the people believed the Promised One – God-on-earth – had arrived. But others were not so sure. But God always has a plan, and this is the story of God’s plan, and how Jesus came for everyone, everywhere, for all time.
Let Antonia Woodward’s beautiful retelling take you back to the heart of the very first Easter.
Bring the story of Easter to life!
- An Easter story for children aged 4-6
- Alive Again! is an engaging and simple retelling of the Easter story
- A great introduction to what Easter is all about
Join the crowds waving palm branches, the disciples at the last supper, and the women on that first Easter morning.
An engaging retelling of the first Easter, with bright and appealing pictures that bring the powerful scenes to life.
Ideal for reading aloud, sharing the events of the Easter story with children aged 4-6.
Watch children’s author Sarah J. Dodd read aloud her new Easter picture book, Alive Again!
Packed with stunning illustrations this book recounts the Easter story in a way which will engage young minds.
- An Easter story for children aged 5-9
- This elegant Easter book brings the whole story to life
- Kids will discover expressive images that burst with life and character
Alison Jay has illustrated many books for children, and her beautiful paintings are instantly recognisable. In this book, see the death and resurrection story of Jesus interpreted in her own unique style, using vignettes, borders and full page art to accompany a sincere retelling of the Easter story.
There are many intriguing people, animals and landscapes to look at along the way, bursting with new details to find with a young child, as you share the story of that special morning.
A classic retelling of the first Easter, drawing on key episodes from the Gospels and explaining the Biblical story for children aged five to seven.
- An Easter story for children aged 5-7
- This beautiful Easter book brings the whole story to life
- A perfect introduction to what Easter is all about
Alida Massari’s distinctive illustrations feature throughout with a mixture of full page art, vignettes, and borders in elegant shades of blue, yellow and green.
Bringing his remarkable storytelling gift to the events of Easter, Bob Hartman retells the events of Easter in a fresh and memorable way.
- An Easter story for children aged 5-11
- Bob Hartman tells the stories of Easter in true Bob Hartman style
- A great resource to bring energy and character to story time
Following the tried and tested formula of his earlier Lion Storyteller titles, Bob Hartman retells a selection of Easter stories in his own inimitable style.
This collection of 23 stories includes the key Bible accounts of the events of the first Easter from Palm Sunday through to Jesus’ resurrection, encounters with his friends and followers, and the ascension.
Bob Hartman’s retellings of familiar and sometimes serious tales are fresh and engaging, making these Bible stories accessible to the young and not-so-young.
Children’s Prayer Books for Lent and Easter
Across the continents, this beautifully illustrated book of prayers reflects on God’s amazing world, celebrating different countries, landscapes and traditions.
From fishing villages to the African plains, farming in Peru to the snowy landscape of Greenland, blossoms in Japan and leaf kicking in eastern Europe and to the shores of the Pacific ocean, these prayers share God’s love and care for his world.
Prioritise bedtime prayers and enjoy quality time growing together in prayer with ABC Prayers, a beautiful gift and endearing book that provides children with a starting point for what they can talk to God about.
- A beautiful prayer book for children aged 4-7
- Cultivate consistent prayers with your little one with this gorgeously illustrated prayer book with an adorable family of mice
- Plant prayer seeds in children’s hearts
This padded hardcover picture book shows charming illustrations of a family of mice, playing, sharing, forgiving, and celebrating, wrapped around the letters A-Z .
Each prayer begins with the next letter of the alphabet, and covers prayers for families, friends, celebrations, peace, love, forgiveness, and kindness to one another.
ABC Prayers is the perfect children’s prayer book to establish routine bedtime prayer time.
A companion prayer book for 99 Prayers Stories from the Bible with delightful illustrations in a strong vibrant style, 99 Prayers for Children provide a great introduction to family prayer time.
- Prayers for children aged 5-7
- These 99 Prayers are for all occasions and a companion book to 99 Stories from the Bible
- A great way to introduce young children to prayer
The prayers are a combination of traditional and modern prayers by Julie David, and provide an introduction to family prayer time with young children, bringing talking to God to life in the heart of every child.
A treasured combination of the much-loved My Very Own Bible and the companion prayer book My Very Own Book of Prayers.
- My Very Own Bible and Prayers retells 37 great stories of the Bible and the prayers are packed full of words of reflection especially for young readers.
- The prayers are selected and written with care to reflect the world and the concerns of children aged 5-7.
- The prayers comprise of a mixture of familiar, traditional material, new prayers and blessings and paraphrases of some Bible prayers.
Carolyn Cox’s lively and vibrant illustrations received widespread acclaim when they first appeared in The Lion Children’s Bible and My Own Book of Bible Stories, and complement the prayers reflecting the mood and content of each subject. These have been refreshed for a new generation of young readers, appearing warm and brighter than ever.
A perfect gift for a special occasion or to use for sharing with children or at bedtime.
Lent and Easter Books for Adults
Author and broadcaster Sheridan Voysey draws on both personal experience and Christian faith to explore the greater meaning to be found in the world around us. Reflecting on the themes of Joy, Wonder, Meaning, Belonging, Compassion, Callings, Seasons, Change, and Hope, this uplifting, thoughtful, and affirming gift book will inspire readers of all ages and life stages.
Beautifully designed throughout, this book will help you create a pause in your day, whether in the quiet early hours, as the night falls, or somewhere in between— a moment to stop and reflect on the things that matter.
Listen to the first chapter of the Reflect with Sheridan audio book here.
Watch Sheridan discuss below one of his inspiring themes in Reflect with Sheridan – The Voice That’s Only Heard in Stillness
Part meditation, part scripture, all visually beautiful; this collection of images painted by Hannah Dunnett explores how we can reflect on God’s word through imagery, as well as words.
Hannah Dunnett’s beautiful artwork, interweaving Bible verses and images, has inspired many people. From sailing boats bobbing on the river to majestic trees and soaring mountains, Hannah paints pictures that help us understand scripture and reflect on God’s word in a fresh way.
Hannah has chosen twenty-four of her favourite pictures and tells the story behind each one. This beautiful collection of beloved artwork is divided into four sections: The Wondrous Cross, Father God, Teach me Your Ways, and Let Your Light Shine, and will take individual readers, or small groups, on a journey further towards the heart of God.
As Hannah draws out key verses and their meaning and offers questions to reflect on, readers will gain new insight and understanding.
Pylon People by Cath Woolridge
“I found this book to be beautifully expressed in artwork as well as Scripture and if you are looking for someone to help take you on a journey of growth, this book will not disappoint.” Christy Wimber
Pylon People is a creative Christian journal featuring contemporary illustrations in full colour. A beautifully illustrated and unique devotional that directly addresses our powered-up days and powerless days, our seasons of sunshine and of rain. Woolridge shares her vision of us as “Pylon People,” standing with our arms outstretched to receive and share the power of God’s Spirit.
Pylon People is a brilliant collection of inspiring poems, images and Bible reflections that will empower your spirit.
Come and join the Pylon Pilgrimage by connecting and moving forward in the next 40 days.
Fresh From the Word 2021 the Bible for a change by Nathan Eddy
Fresh From The Word: The Bible for a Change 2021 will inspire your Bible reading in a time of change.
Fresh From The Word 2021 invites you to the discipline of daily Bible reading with readers around the world. Bringing together theologians, scholars, creative writers, church leaders, and activists from around the world, Fresh From The Word 2021 offers notes, prayers, and further thought suggestions for every day of the year.
With a wide range of contributors from Buenos Aires-based liturgist and activist Dafne Sabanes Plou discussing the mercy of God, to prison chaplain and Pentecostal pastor Deseta Davis ruminating on God and prison life, there’s bound to be a passage that will inspire you.
The perfect devotional gift for the new year!
Stephen Poxon invites us into a closer relationship with God in this daily devotional exploring the faith of the Pilgrim Fathers.
Part of the inspiring Through the Year With series.
The year 2020 witnesses the 400th anniversary of the voyage made by the Pilgrim Fathers, who sailed from England to America on board the Mayflower. This epic excursion signalled one of the most significant episodes in Christian history, making as it did an enormous impact on the trajectory of Christianity in the USA. Through the Year with the Pilgrim Fathers is a commemorative edition featuring excerpts relating to that event. It is a story of faith, adventure and courage.
Each excerpt is married to a verse of Scripture and a prayer, providing 365 daily readings telling the story of great exploits in God’s service.
One of Lion Hudson’s most popular devotionals, #Niteblessings by Reverend Malcolm Duncan invites you to encounter God at the end of the day.
#Niteblessings contains a few lines for each day of the year and it’s the perfect size to just flick through and find encouragement for how you are feeling that day. Each blessing draws you into to His presence, releasing you from the pressures of the day into engagement with the Holy Spirit.
Simple yet profound, moving and delightful, each of Reverend Duncan’s messages will renew and encourage you on your walk with God.
A book of short devotionals for busy people, these readings will help you set aside just a few moments for prayer and reflection.
A collection of reflections and prayers that celebrate the “God moments” that populate every day. This small and beautiful book will allow even the busiest of people to find respite, to reflect, to be encouraged, and lead into the presence of God. Jennifer Rees Larcombe blends observation and insight in these delightful and uplifting reflections.
The perfect devotional to bring rest and peace at the end of a busy day.
BBC’s Songs of Praise presenter Pam Rhodes reflects on her forty favourite hymns in Then Sings My Soul.
Pam is a passionate advocate for our heritage of splendid hymns. Hymns, she explains, help us respond to God: they are “prayers in our pockets”. With her warm personal touch she describes how these hymns came to be written, and considers the perceptions they contain. Each reflection concludes with a short prayer.
Then Sings My Soul is a treasury of fascinating detail, but it is also a source of devotion: as you consider each hymn and the story behind it you will be drawn into worship.
Christian Living: Inspirational Reads
When Faith Gets Shaken by Patrick Regan OBE and Liza Hoeksma
What do you do when life falls apart, and it feels as if God has left you? How do you keep going when your faith is rocked to the core? Sometimes things get so hard we’re not sure where God is – or what he’s up to.
For Patrick there was pain, illness, and loss in his family and community. Then a series of excruciating operations took him to the brink physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
Writing during his journey of recovery, Patrick explores how we find God in times of suffering. He wrestles with how we can know God’s peace when life is anything but peaceful, what the true nature of courage is, how we allow ourselves the grace to rest when we’re running on empty, and how we can stay fully present in the moment – all so we can ultimately grasp the love of God at a deeper level
At times of difficulty or transition we can often feel unable to move forward.
Framed around twelve real-life sticking points in John Prockter’s life, this book offers us hope in a faithful God and a pathway through difficult times. John encourages us to engage with Scripture in a new and inspiring way, allowing Jesus to bring the freedom we all need to live our lives authentically.
Frank yet approachable, Stuck in the Mud? is an ideal guide for those wanting to engage in the ups and downs of discipleship.
Food is always a hot topic – Food waste, food banks, food miles, local versus imported. As we all need food, we can’t ignore it.
But as some families struggle without enough food to live on, others are challenged to consider how much they throw away, or how to make the food they have go further.
Which is why Claud Fullwood set herself the challenge of living on World War Two rations for Lent. It opened her eyes not only to issues of hunger and waste, but also to the many ways in which we have the power to fix our groaning food system, make our families stronger and our communities whole again.
The Rations Challenge takes the wisdom of World War Two and looks at how it can help us revolutionise how we live now. By learning the lessons our parents and grandparents lived by in the ’30s and ’40s, we can build a future that works for everyone.
The world is changing; culture is shifting. Never has safety and security been more desired. What shakes also spills. Pressure spills to the surface. And when struggles become visible, safety becomes more invaluable.
With the world changing so are people’s struggles. In years past what worked in prayer and ministry may not work today, because people’s concerns and experiences of personal difficulties have changed. And just with anything else we should be growing in how we learn and deliver ministry. God wants to bring people into wholeness. And one of the greatest acts of kindness we can do is provide a safe place in order to witness people’s struggles, so that we may love, care for and pray and minister to them more effectively.
In Brave, Debbie Duncan assures us that God’s definition of courage is not limited to liberating a nation like Moses or fighting a giant like David.
Indeed, facing everyday situations requires bravery. Perhaps you’re facing redundancy, ill health, or strife in your family. Giving examples from her personal life. Debbie takes us on a journey that will help us endure the challenges that come our way with our heads held high.
Understanding what real-life bravery looks like will encourage you to step out of the boat like Peter, or simply to get out of bed when you’re struggling. Brave will help to reassure you that God is with you in every season of life, and that you are braver than you think!
Let’s be honest, the life you lead isn’t what you’ve always dreamt.
In this powerful book, Jo examines Biblical figures and shares her personal story as she invites you to turn to the One who knows you intimately and loves you deeply.
He sees all you’ve struggled to hide. He hears the voice inside you that others have silenced.
He knows the potential and purpose that no one valued. He longs to redeem the story of your life and set you on the path to reclaim The Dream of You. Are you ready?
Drawing upon her rich Jewish heritage, Michele integrates sacred and secular using pilgrim festivals and symbol, ritual and liturgy. She explains what true celebration is, with ideas and resources for celebration at home or in the wider community. Christians should have the best parties!
Part One: Explores what true celebration is and looks at how Jesus loved to party.
Part Two: Festival parties, including anniversaries, a weekly Sabbath, events in the church calendar. Includes suggestions for rituals, prayers, liturgies.
Part Three: General ideas for celebration. Includes suggestions on how to organise the celebration event.
Part Four: 50 best celebration recipes. Adapted from author’s monthly cookery column in Woman Alive.
Debbie Duncan knows all too much about the need for resilience. She and her husband Malcolm, and her children, have all had to deal with prolonged ill health, as well as episodes of acute health crisis. Two family members have died. As a pastor’s wife and a working mum she copes with emergencies large and small on a daily basis. So what makes you strong when you have no strength?
Drawing on her personal experience as a nurse and a teacher, Debbie has considerable insight into what constitutes resilience: the ability to cope, to stay on course, to bounce back. In this helpful new book she considers what is required for physical, mental and spiritual durability, interweaving biblical teaching, prayers, with personal anecdote, and sound advice.