It’s important to be realistic about Lenten Reading. If you’re the sort of person who has trouble finishing things, you may want to set modest goals. If your life is usually invaded by the unexpected, you may not want to start a book that’s too demanding. If you live alone and are young enough, even if you’re very busy at work, you may want to challenge yourself. If you’re going through a personal crisis or juggling family difficulties, you may just want to put aside time for scripture reading or the psalms and discover your present situation in those sacred texts.
Because we all bring different needs and resources and limits to Lenten Reading, there will be different lists provided between now and Ash Wednesday. I don’t pretend that they are exhaustive; these lists are meant to stimulate your imagination and focus your awareness next time you’re in a book store or looking over titles on Amazon. If you live close to the Abbey, you can just visit the shop and ask for advice on a good book. Just describe what you need, what range you’d care to work in.