The Lent Factor: Forty Companions for the Forty Days of Lent: The Mowbray Lent Book 2015

The Lent Factor: Forty Companions for the Forty Days of Lent: The Mowbray Lent Book 2015

by Graham James


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Human character is best described by telling stories about people. The Lent Factor describes forty very different people - one for each day of Lent - who have a special quality about them, and uses their stories to reflect on how faith and character are connected. A theme from each brief story is illuminated by reflection on a scene, passage or word from the Bible. The appropriateness of the use of a cross to mark out the 'X' factor within human beings becomes the more pertinent as the journey through Lent approaches Holy Week and Easter.

The cast list includes Edith Cavell, Philip Toynbee (father of Polly), U.A. Fanthorpe, Dorothy Sayers, Charles Wesley, Rabbi Hugo Gryn, Julian of Norwich, Kathleen Ferrier, Eva Peron and many others from different backgrounds and diverse periods of history, some famous and some entirely unknown.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781408184042
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 01/29/2015
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Graham James is Bishop of Norwich and a regular contributor to BBC R4's Thought for the Day. He was a highly-fancied contender in the recent Archbishop of Canterbury stakes and is a popular speaker, lecturer and broadcaster.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Blessed are the Pure in Heart Charles Causley 7

2 Vessels of Grace Michael Stagg 15

3 The Vulnerability of Love John Miller 21

4 Resisting Temptation Stanley Green 29

5 Transforming Love Monica Furlong 35

6 Prophets with Honour Lionel James 43

7 The Scandal of the Incarnation John Everett Millais 51

8 Blessed are the Poor Eva Peron 59

9 The Tenderness of God U. A. Fanthorpe 67

10 Meanness and Mercy: Luke the Evangelist 73

11 The Price of Generosity Phyllis Simmons 79

12 Patience and Grace James Paget 85

13 Living from Others Charles Williams 93

14 Courtesy and Character Robin Ferrers 99

15 The Indwelling Spirit Charles Wesley 105

16 God Looking on Us Douglas Feaver 113

17 The Woman at the Well Elsie Chamberlain 119

18 Friendship in Christ Launcelot Fleming 127

19 All Things to All People Robert Runcie 133

20 Uncovenanted Mercies Kathleen Ferrier 139

21 The Architect of Salvation John Loughborough Pearson 147

22 Seeing God Edith Tames 155

23 The Mind of the Maker Dorothy L. Sayers 163

24 Restlessness George Borrow 171

25 God, Forever Young Enid Ralphs 177

26 Integrity and Justice John Lyttle 183

27 Thanksgiving in Troubled Times Edward Reynolds 191

28 Praying and Believing W. E. Orchard 199

29 Faithfulness under Pressure Joseph Hall 207

30 God's Heart of Love: Julian of Norwich 213

31 Courage in Ministry Susan Cole-King 219

32 Broken for Christ Bernard Walke 227

33 Learning to Die Well Philip Toynbee 235

34 Weeping over the Holy City John Aves 241

35 Unjust Suffering Hugo Gryn 247

36 Patriot of God's Kingdom Edith Cavell 255

37 God's Exhausting Love W. H. Vanstone 261

38 Priestly Sacrifice Michael Evans 267

39 A Suffering God? Geoffrey Studdcrt Kennedy 275

40 Grief and Love Victoria James 283

Conclusion 289

Acknowledgments 296

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