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Thy Will be Done - Stephen Cherry (2021 Lent Book)

Bloomsbury Continuum ISBN 9781472978257 £9.99 216 pages

It is always a welcome treat and challenge to read the annual Lent Book, and this year is no exception. The book contains six sections, one for each of the six weeks of Lent, and each section contains six bite-size chapters, that are ideal for a daily reflection.

I was pleased to see that the biblical passage chosen for this year’s meditation was Matthew’s version of the Lord’s Prayer.

The author invites the reader to immerse themselves in the prayer that Jesus taught his disciples. The prayer is shallow enough for a child to paddle in but profound enough for an elephant to swim in. There is plenty here for everybody.

These reflections explore what is reassuringly familiar, but also dive down a few unexpected rabbit holes. Perhaps some of these rabbit holes are a bit more important than others but all of them are thought-provoking, even if the reader might come to very different conclusions. For example, although I see the reasoning behind terms like Motherly Father and Kin-dom; I am not sure they are that helpful.

The book is enriched by a eclectic range of theological insights and contemporary pastoral and cultural observations. It would make an interesting companion in Lent for individual or group use.

John Woods is a writer and Bible teacher based in West Sussex 

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