Recommended Reading

11th February 2022

Embracing Justice: The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book 2022
by The Revd Dr Isabelle Hamley

We commend this year’s Archbishop’s Lent book to you as something you may wish to read on your own or with one or two others. Here’s a synopsis:

What is justice? It’s a question we encounter everywhere in life and that over the last years has increasingly demanded an answer.

In the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book for 2022, Isabelle Hamley invites us to go on an exhilarating journey through Scripture to discover how we, as churches, communities and individual Christians, can seek and practise justice even when enmeshed in such a fractured world. Full of practical encouragement, Embracing Justice brilliantly weaves together biblical texts, diverse voices, contemporary stories, and personal and group meditations to reveal liberating and imaginative ways in which me may grow in discipleship and more fully reflect the justice, mercy and compassion of Christ in our lives.

With six chapters to take you from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday, this Lent devotional for 2022 is essential reading for anyone interested in the issues of justice – from climate and economic justice to gender and racial equality – that are increasingly at the forefront of global consciousness, and the role that Christians and the Church must play in them. Suitable for use both as a single study for individuals and for small groups to prepare for Easter, Embracing Justice will encourage, inform and motivate anyone looking for Christian books about justice. It will help you understand justice from a biblical perspective, and inspire you to seek it in every aspect of your life.

God Has No Favourites – York Course Study Book for Lent 2022
Possible Home Group Study Guide

For those home or house groups that wish to study something together we commend to you the excellent resources produced by York Courses and their 2022 Lent course, ‘God Has No Favourites’. It comes as an audio book, paper booklet or just as a CD with certain parts recorded to support the written booklets. It is straightforward and can be a used by a group in a self-directed way.

If your group wishes to explore this, please search for the course online. The office is willing to coordinate the purchase of materials for you, but you will need to confirm what you need and pay the small course materials fees.

God Has No Favourites is written for Lent 2022 by Dr Carmody Grey and over the 5 sessions, Dr Grey explores how each of us is called to discover that God is completely inclusive. He does not apportion his welcome or love according to our prejudices or preferences. God Has No Favourites, because God favours everyone. Every single human being, whatever age, sex, class, race or religion is in God’s image. Jesus has identified himself personally with each one of us, God’s love and the power of the Holy Spirit is for everyone, no caveats.

As with previous Lent York Courses, the standard study book is supported by an in-depth interview, covering all 5 sessions between Dr Carmody Grey and Simon Simon Stanley available on CD, as a digital download or as a transcript in either paperback or ebook.

Session 1: The best picture of God
Session 2: Neither Jew nor Gentile
Session 3: Neither male nor female
Session 4: Neither slave nor free
Session 5: What is a Christian?