Lent for Everyone Mark Year B Paperback – 20 Jan 2012
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'Like Mark's Gospel, Wright's pace gradually builds up, a massive locomotive steaming towards the 'perfect storm' of Holy Week and Easter, demanding a commitment costing not less than everything: 'We cannot be Easter people if we are not first Good Friday people and then Holy Saturday people.' A fitting end; and beginning.' --Church Times
'Tom Wright has a special gift for explaining things that are very deep, and at times, quite complex in a way that makes them understandable . . . What makes this book especially refreshing is the sense of enthusiasm for the Gospel text that is unmistakable.' --Church of Ireland Gazette
'This is a book that can be read with profit at any time of the year.' --Good Book Stall
About the Author
Tom Wright is Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St Andrews. He is the author of over fifty books,
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As multi-layered as an onion, Professor N T Wright`s new book on Mark draws you in at once with its matter-of-fact, chatty, deceptively simple prose. Each `chapter' covers one day between Ash Wednesday and Easter Saturday. Using the prescribed lectionary for the day, Professor Wright focuses on a few verses and offers us his translation, and his exegesis. If, like me, you prefer a more traditional version of the bible, I suggest you begin by reading the passage in that version before plunging into the Wright text. Like all the best teachers, he makes some of the expected points about each passage, so that you are to some extent lulled into thinking you are keeping up well (if not actually ahead of him), but he then slips in an explanation, a twist or a new perspective, which sends you back to the beginning of the chapter to start again. I do not mean to suggest that the text is difficult, far from it, but there is a good deal more meat on the bones that you might anticipate at first glance.
Consciously or unconsciously, Professor Wright echoes the style of Mark's gospel itself. Alec McCowan memorably did a one-man show in which he simply spoke Mark's gospel, having first learnt it by heart. Here he describes how he became gripped by the text. Although he did `not regard himself as a religious man',
"Certainly, when I was working on St Mark and performing St Mark, there were signs.Read more ›
The book has grown out of a project to encourage Lent reading in the diocese of Durham, and the Inroduction breathes excitement about the idea and possibilities springing from a large number of people all reading, studying and praying the same texts, 'Big Read' style.
As with other 'For Everyone' books, Tom Wright is excellent in hammering home just how profoundly revolutionary and world changing the Gospel events and message are, in a way that will lift them out of stale Sunday sermon doldrums, or the kind of familiarity that has bred contempt. The 'For Everyone' scripture translation is also fresh and clear without being patronising or robbing the words of their power and grandeur.
This is a Lent book that I can recommend placing at the heart of your Easter journey.
I've been using this as part of an online housegroup, in conjuction with the #BigBible Project. It has proven to be excellent material for its purpose and I believe that it will provide food for thought for many in times to come.
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Yet again Tom Wright has explained complex material in a way that is readable to the ordinary person. Read morePublished 14 months ago by grannie
This book takes various parts of the Bible as a guide to meditating and reading over period of lent - makes you thinkPublished on 9 Jan. 2014 by Amazon Customer
You wont be disappointed by this book. Informative, punchy and devotional.
I really like Tom Wright's translation of the text.
Great to read at any time of year, really challenging, interesting and intellectual...highly recommended. Will be reading more Tom wright.Published on 6 April 2013 by jenny h
Our Churches Together group share a Lent course each year. This year we used this as our guide. IT is an easy read with a lot of punch and thought provoking. Read morePublished on 20 Mar. 2013 by Mavis
Excellent Lent study. Easy to read and understand but at the same time very powerful and interesting observations I had never considered before. Read morePublished on 28 April 2012 by Suzanne
An excellent study book for personal use (and also group use).Tom uses language which a person can follow even if not very advanced in the Christian Faith. Read morePublished on 18 April 2012 by Dodo
I always like to have a relevant book to read daily in Lent and I was delighted to find that this year Tom Wright had written another book to take me through the Gospel set for... Read morePublished on 17 April 2012 by MaggieOz