Here are five inspiring and heartwarming books to read after the Lent season.
Pentecost to the Present Trilogy Set (Volume 1 to Volume 3) by Jeff Oliver
Pentecost To The Present: The Holy Spirit’s Enduring Work In The Church is a three-part book series by Jeff Oliver. It consists of Early Prophetic And Spiritual Gifts Movements (Book 1), Reformations And Awakenings (Book 2), and Worldwide Revivals And Renewal (Book 3). In this carefully-researched trilogy, Jeff Oliver presents evidence and reports of how the Pentecost sparks continued to spread across the known world. All three volumes feature proofs and documented historical evidence of signs, wonders, and miracles, and how this led to a massive expansion of the Church to what we now see today. Jeff Oliver’s masterpiece is divided into three parts representing various Church eras, covering the Middle Ages, the rise of Christianity up to the present-day Church. Pentecost to the Present by Jeff Oliver is one interesting read you shouldn’t miss.
Come Climb Toward God: Are You Hungry for God? by Marianna Albritton
Come Climb Toward God: Are You Hungry for God? is a book on how to develop a deeper relationship with God by Albritton. It was published in 2013 and is designed for readers, whether you are just learning about faith and the Bible or someone who is still seeking a higher understanding of one’s faith and the Word of God. In this book, Albritton shares her wisdom and experience on building a stronger and more meaningful connection with God. One of the book’s major highlights is the steps of growth as a Christian, which is very useful and relevant for all of us who are trying to see how we are as a follower of Christ and what more can we do to improve our faith. To know more about Marianna Albritton, don’t miss The Festival of Storytellers virtual book fair this April 23rd to April 25th and April 30th to May 2nd, 2021.
Knowing the Holy Spirit Through the Old Testament by Christopher J. H. Wright
Author Christopher J. H. Wright (Ph.D., Cambridge) taught Old Testament and is the director of international ministries for the Langham Partnership International (known in the United States as John Stott Ministries). In 2006, Wright published the paperback version of his book, Knowing the Holy Spirit Through the Old Testament. In this work, Wright writes about the Holy Spirit, its first interaction with the world. He clarifies that although we tend to consider the Holy Spirit as ‘as the straggler of the Trinity, a latecomer in God’s interaction with the world’, the Holy Spirit was already there at the beginning of God’s creation. Knowing the Holy Spirit Through the Old Testament is the most fitting title for Wright’s remarkable and quite educational work that will enlighten both scholars and those who are just beginning to read the Holy Bible.
The Way of a Pilgrim: and The Pilgrim Continues His Way – Helen Bacovcin
The original author of the timeless Russian classic is actually unknown. All we know is that he was a 19th century Russian Orthodox peasant. The book features an anonymous pilgrim as he journeys the steppes in search of the answer to one important question: “how should we pray constantly?” While traveling and under the guidance of a spiritual father, the stranger begins to open himself up to the prompting of God, and as he journeys on, he understands the joy and grace of God. Finally, the stranger peasant discovers the various meanings and prayer methods as he reaches his ultimate destination, Jerusalem. Translated by Helen Bacovcin and with a foreword from Walter J. Ciszek, S.J., The Way of a Pilgrim: and The Pilgrim Continues His Way remains a very relevant read in our search for truth, meaning, and guidance.
Living Prayer: Learning to Pray in Daily Life (Kindle Edition) by John Davey
Published in 2017, Living Prayer: Learning to Pray in Daily Life by John Davey is a wonderful guide to everyday prayer. In the book, Davey recognizes the challenge of praying sincerely and consistently. He notes that even if we can allocate time in our busy lives for prayer, knowing the exact words to utter and or how to say it may sound like a difficult task. Worse, there are even times that we feel our prayers are not good enough for God. Living Prayer: Learning to Pray in Daily Life introduces readers to actual prayers and scripture that can we can use daily. This concise and easy-to-read guidebook will see us through the basic steps of prayer and how to conduct a morning, evening, and night prayer through the book’s chapters.