Faith Odyssey ‘boldly goes where no Lent book has gone before’. Published as the BRF Lent Book for 2001, it was a response to 2001: A Space Odyssey. To paraphrase Scottie’s famous quote from Star Trek, ‘It’s Bible Study, Jim, but not as we know it’! Richard Burridge invites readers to journey through the season of Lent with daily devotional readings that combine Scripture with stories from science fiction and popular culture.
For each day, beginning with Ash Wednesday, passages from the Bible are placed alongside stories drawn from literature, television, and film – from Homer’s Odyssey to 2001: A Space Odyssey, from Star Trek and Star Wars to Dune and The Matrix, mixing Narnia, Harry Potter, and Pilgrim’s Progress – all to illustrate the human journey from the ashes of sorrow to the joy of Jesus’s ultimate victory. Burridge’s fifty short readings trace with flair and great relevance the Christian pilgrimage against the background of today’s world.
Packed with thought-provoking insight into the meaning of the Lenten season, Faith Odyssey truly provides a unique devotional experience for both individual daily reading and for group discusssions.