Lenten Reading

Monk in White, Seated, Reading

Monk in White, Seated, Reading by Jean-Baptise-Camile Corot (1796-1875)

“During this time of Lent each individual is to receive a book from the library, and is to read the whole of it straight through. These books are to be distributed at the beginning of Lent.” —The Rule of Saint Benedict, Chapter 48.

Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent in the Western Christian Calendar. Lent is a good time for spiritual reading, and last Friday author and blogger Elizabeth Scalia posted an excellent list of reading recommendations. I would like to add a few more to her list. Some of these I posted here last Friday. Here are seven others I’d like to add. All of them are memoirs, and all tell the story of spiritual transformation—an excellent topic to reflect upon as we prepare for Holy Week and Easter.

  • Confessions – St. Augustine
  • Apologia Pro Vita Sua – John Henry Newman
  • The Seven Storey Mountain – Thomas Merton
  • Blue Like Jazz – Donald Miller
  • Practicing Resurrection – Nora Gallagher
  • Lit – Mary Karr
  • Evolving in Monkey Town –  Rachel Held Evans

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