Following Jesus in the Holy Land
FOLLOWING JESUS IN THE HOLY LAND
Pathways of Discipleship through Advent and Lent
Stephen W. NeedReflecting on the key places in Jesus’ life, ministry and death.
If we just read our Bibles through weekly or daily snippets from the lectionary, we may miss out on some important perspectives. The geography of the Holy Land is important in providing a lens to focus not only on the reality of events in Jesus’ life, but also their meaning. Through knowledge of location and setting we see Jesus ‘more clearly and follow him more nearly’ as disciples. Stephen Need’s book is a useful and knowledgeable guide to the Holy Land. You do not need to have been there - it is, as he states, ‘an armchair pilgrimage’, designed for spiritual refreshment in both Advent and Lent. In Advent, the focus is the Temple and (naturally) Bethlehem; but we also progress in our imaginations to Nazareth and to the River Jordan for Jesus’ baptism. The later themes (for Lent) encompass the wilderness, Galilee, Caesarea Philippi (for the Transfiguration) and back to Jerusalem, to remember Jesus’ death and resurrection. This book is a welcome addition to the options for both private study and devotion, and to group discussions during these liturgical seasons. Each short chapter provides a week of Bible passages, worship options and discussion questions. Practical and profound, this book is recommended as a sound Christian antidote to the superficial distractions of life as we journey towards Christmas, and onward to Easter.
Reviewed by Alice Burdett
Reflection / Meditation / Spirituality
Festivals - Advent & Christmas
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