Book of the Month
Our book of the month for March is Dethroning Mammon: Making Money Serve Grace which is the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent book for 2017. In contrast to recent years this book has been written by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby, himself and is his first full-length book.
The forty days and forty nights which make up Lent – according to the Gospels of Mark, Matthew and Luke – recognise the time Jesus spent in the desert fasting and resisting the temptations of Satan. 40 days is a recurring time period within the Bible; in Genesis, the 40 days and nights of flooding resulting in Noah’s Ark, and in Numbers, the time in which the Hebrews took to find the Promised Land. For Christians, Lent is a time to fast and dedicate time to good deeds in order to become closer to God. It also provides a time for self-examination to look at your actions and thoughts and reflect on your relationship with your faith. This is why Lent books are important, as they can provide a focus and structure to your reflections alongside guidance.
Dethroning Mammon focusses on the subject of money and materialism, which feels particularly relevant in these current economic times. The book seeks to challenge our attitudes towards wealth and power and reassess the way that we assign value to things in life. ‘Mammon’ comes from the New Testament of the bible and means money or material wealth, although it is most commonly associated with greed and the pursuit of wealth. The book follows the Gospels towards Easter, and explores the tensions arising in a modern society dominated by Mammon’s modern aliases, economics and finance. Although this book has been produced for Lent specifically, the important questions that it asks go beyond this time of self-examination and will resonate with readers’ lives more generally. To shop our range of Easter products, please click here.