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Dr. Carey, Former Archbishop of Canterbury's Lenten Reading List

February 2016

The Most Rev. and the Rt. Hon. Lord Carey of Clifton, former Archbishop of Canterbury, led a series of Bible studies for Lent at the recent Spring Clergy Conference February 11-12, 2016. As soon as the conference ended, he most generously composed this reading list while en route back to his sabbatical base in Houston, Texas.  Dr. Carey writes:

Books for Florida 

Dear Friends,

It was a real privilege to be your servant at your Conference at Camp Weed and I am grateful to your Bishop for the invitation.

Several have asked for suggestions for reading. Here are a few of the books I mentioned, as well as some of my favourites. Bear in mind that this is merely a token book list as I am far away from my study. 

DEVOTIONAL BOOKS. (To be 'sipped' like a good champagne and lingered over. Probably a page a day is enough)

The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis.

Sacrament of the Present Moment by the Abbė de Caussade.

Abandonment to the Divine Providence by the Abbė de Caussade.

Free of Charge: Giving and Forgiving in a Culture Stripped of Grace by Miroslav Volf.

(Miroslav Volf is a brilliant writer. He is seriously worth reading.)

GENERAL THEOLOGICAL BOOKS. (To be devoured like a delicious trout, accompanied by a rare white wine. You should try to take in at least ten pages. Make a few notes and keep good quotes)

Glory Descending. Ed. Douglas Dale.

The Christian Mind: How Should a Christian Think? by Harry Blamires.

The Weight of Glory by C.S.Lewis.

Paul and the Faithfulness of God by N.T.Wright.

SERIOUS NOVELS (To be savoured like great BBQ, accompanied essentially with a good red wine or a good coffee)

Middlemarch by George Eliot. 

The Children Act by Ian McEwan.

Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry.

The Dean's Decemberby Saul Bellow. Saul Bellow is one of the greatest American writers whose commentary on contemporary culture is sadly accurate.

CHUNKY THEOLOGICAL BOOKS (To be wrestled with like nourishing steak accompanied by several strong beers. If you can manage five pages, you are doing well!!)

The Glory of the Lord by Hans Urs von Balthsar. An amazing, sprawling series. A real test of endurance in the presence of a spiritual giant.

Church Dogmatics by Karl Barth.  I am not a Barthian, but Vol 1. The Word of God, is worth tackling.

The Mystic Way by Evelyn Underhill. An amazing woman spiritual writer. Rather unorthodox but worth exploring.

AFTER DINNER DRINKS.  (Some thoughts on a few lighter books. Essential to be accompanied by a good malt whisky or a Jack Daniels.)

Mere Christianity by C.S,Lewis.

The Transforming Power of Prayer: From Illusion to Reality by Michael Marshall.

Spiritual Journey by George Carey.

Enjoy the Feast- But don't get indigestion!

Warmest in Christ,

George Carey

All of the titles recommended by Dr. Carey are available at amazon.com