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Monday, May 25, 2015
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The Bookshop @ St. Stephen's


Holy Week and Easter Readings: 

Holy Week is the most important week of the entire year for Christians around the world. Here are some recommended books to guide you as you walk the way of the cross with us this week at St. Stephen’s Church. 

Easter Stories: Classic Tales for the Holy Season

This collection of short stories, selected for their spiritual value and literary quality, captures the spirit of Easter in a way that will captivate readers of all ages and shed light on the deeper meaning of the season. Original woodcuts beautifully illustrate each story.

Bread and Wine: Readings for Lent and Easter

Though Easter (like Christmas) is often trivialized by the culture at large, it is still the high point of the religious calendar for millions of people around the world. Gathered from the wealth of twenty centuries, the Lent and Easter readings in Bread and Wine are ecumenical in scope, and represent the best classic and contemporary Christian writers.

Walk with Jesus: Stations of the Cross, Henri Nouwen

This book of meditations from Henri Nouwen follows the traditional Stations of the Cross through the passion and suffering of the world’s poor. The drawings of Sister Helen David further enrich the reader’s journey. 


Lenten Readings: 
Lent is a time to renew classic disciplines of prayer and reflection, as well as ancient practices such as fasting and Bible study. Here are some suggested readings all available for purchase in the Bookshop @ St. Stephen's

Lent and Easter Wisdom from Thomas Merton
This book of daily reflections features Scripture readings, excerpts from Merton’s writings, and journaling prompts to encourage readers on their personal journey through Lent to Easter.

Wondrous Encounters: Scripture for Lent, Richard Rohr
”During these forty days of Lent, let's allow ourselves to be known! All the way through. Nothing to hide from, in ourselves, from ourselves, or from God.” This is the invitation from author, Richard Rohr, to join him on a journey through scripture to encounter God during the 40 days of Lent.  

Gifts from Within: Women’s Meditations for Lent, Women of Brigid's Place
This book of daily reflections specifically for women corresponds to the lectionary scriptures and approaches Lent as a time for inspiration and growth. It celebrates the unique spiritual gifts of women and offers ways to use those gifts to recognize God’s love and to live as God directs.

Bring Lent to Life: Activities and Reflections for your Family, Kathleen M. Basi 
This book is designed to provide fresh ideas for families observing Lent together including Scripture reflections, recipes, craft ideas, and more.
The Bookshop @ St. Stephen's
Have you visited our Bookshop lately? Located right in St. Stephen's parish office, this store is a natural outgrowth of growing demand by our parishioners and visitors. Originally stocking works by visiting authors, we are continually expanding our selection and now offer books recommended by clergy and staff, Advent, Lenten, and Easter selections, and books for various groups and classes. We have flourishing poetry and fiction sections as well. In addition to books, the store offers St. Stephen’s Blend coffee, olive oil from the Middle East, icons, greeting cards and prayer beads. Staff members in the office can help you with your purchases during regular office hours, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, but the shop is open anytime the church is open. A selection of items from the bookshop is also available in the Large Fellowship Hall on Sundays.

Two St. Stephen's CD's are available in the bookshop, both for $15 per copy (or buy a set for $25). "An Unexpected Christmas" is the 2010 release by the Virginia Girls Choir and Ana Hernandez. "Sanctuary" is the 2012 CD by St. Stephen's Compline choir; read more here.

For more information about the bookshop, call Martha-Lynn Corner at 804.288.2867.

Books used in the Inquirers Class

Gary Jones recommends several books each time he teaches an Inquirers Class for those who are new to the Episcopal Church, or those who are interested in learning more about it. These include:

Those Episkopols by Dennis Maynard
With humor and insight, Dennis Maynard explains why the Episcopal Church, deeply rooted in scripture, tradition and reason, will not accept simplistic answers to complex questions.

The Episcopal Handbook
Morehouse Publishing
A guide to Episcopal Church culture, with a glossary of Episcopal worship terms, diagrams, illustrations and more

A People Called Episcopalians: A Brief Introduction to Our Peculiar Way of Life by the Rev. Dr. John Westerhoff
A series of essays on what it means to be an Episcopalian: Anglican Identity, Anglican Authority, Anglican Spirituality, Anglican Temperament, and Anglican Polity. Includes a glossary.

A Dictionary for Episcopalians by John N. Wall 
From “Abbey” to “Year, Church” (there are no z’s!)

Praying Our Days: A Guide and Companion by Frank Griswold
This book is the first new devotional resource of its kind for Episcopalians in more than two generations. It includes devotions to mark the rhythm of the day (brief prayers at fixed hours); the mystery of time and the rhythm of the week, the months, and the Christian year; self-examination and preparation for reconciliation and the Eucharist; intercessory prayers; devotions to the Mother of Jesus; praying with the saints; plus praying with icons. Each section of the book will open with a brief introduction and teaching by Bishop Griswold, guiding the reader in the effective use of the material. Bishop Griswold, the 25th presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, will visit St. Stephen's during Lent

This is just a partial list of what's available in the bookshop! We're open year-round, whenever the church is open.