The Way of The Desert Paperback

Learning the Lessons of the Desert from Lent to Easter

by Andrew Watson;

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The Way of The Desert

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‘The Way of the Desert’ is the new and original Lent course that leads you step by step from captivity to freedom through the desert books of the Old Testament.

From the parting of the Red Sea to crossing the Jordan into the promised land ‘The Way of the Desert’ parallels the desert experience of the Exodus with the gospel message of Jesus life, death and resurrection. Connecting Jesus’ time of preparation to the discipline imposed by the hardships of the desert, 47 ten minute meditations explore what it means to be chosen, loved and holy.

The series of Lent meditations from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday begins with the Israelites passing through the Red Sea and Jesus baptism, and finishes with their crossing the Jordan and the discovery of the risen Christ. Connecting with our own desert experiences, readings and prayers explore how the lessons learned by the Israelites are echoed, perfected and completed in the teachings and mission of Jesus.

Each short meditation links to a collection of questions and discussion starters exploring the continuing relevance of the desert experience for Christians today. With the daily readings for each week collected into one overall theme, 'The Way of the Desert' is practical as a Sundays only or once-a-week Lent course, with scope for personal study between group meetings.

The daily readings collect together into six weekly themes:
Week One   - Provision in the desert
Week Two   - God in the desert
Week Three - Love in the desert
Week Four  - Lessons from the desert
Week Five  - Beyond the desert
Holy Week  - The cross in the desert

A unique and helpful feature of ‘The Way of the Desert’ is the series of video-clips posted by the book’s author, Andrew Watson. In each clip, Andrew Watson introduces the background, theme and content for the week providing an engaging and reassuring discussion starter for those new to the idea of a Lent group study course.

The Way of The Desert by Andrew Watson was published by BRF in November 2011 and is our 15032nd best seller. The ISBN for The Way of The Desert is 9781841017983.

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Where are the video clips mentioned? Are they YouTube or do they need to be purchased separately please? Thank you


The video clips are available for free on YouTube, under the headings of the Week Chapters.

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Publisher's Description

In the Bible the desert is a place of punishment and discipline, but also of blessing and love's reawakening. Both Jesus and the people of Israel before him spent time in the desert, learning what it meant to be chosen and loved and holy. Yet while the people of the Exodus frequently got it wrong, providing some cautionary tales for us to learn from, Jesus himself constantly got it right, offering a perfect model for us to follow.

In The Way of the Desert Andrew Watson takes us on a Lenten journey from Ash Wednesday to Easter Day, from the parting of the Red Sea to Israel's entry into the promised land. Combining these Old Testament scriptures with insight from the Gospels, he reveals the continuing relevance of the exodus story to all who would seek to follow Christ.

47 Bible readings and reflections based on the desert wanderings of the Israelites from the crossing of the Red Sea to the crossing of the Jordan. 'The Way of the Desert' connects the lessons imperfectly learned in the desert, through Jesus' life, death and resurrection to how we might live today.


"I think that Andrew Watson has an enormously attractive and effective style in opening up the text and making real connections with everyday life. The fruits of scholarship combined with astute understanding of the human condition and the challenges and opportunities that we constantly face. Along with the group discussion guide I think that the text is a rich resource not just for Lent, but for other seasons of Christian study and discernment." - The Rt Revd Dr Alastair Redfern, Bishop of Derby.

"This is by far the best Lent book I have ever read. I felt as if I were on a journey with both the children of Israel and with Jesus. The way in which the two stories were interwoven was wonderful. Thank you Andrew and God bless!" - Rita Cooper.

"I have found Andrew Watson's Lent book very absorbing and enjoyed revising the life of Moses. I will definitely get his other books." - Carole Fisher

"Now we have for Lent The Way of the Desert by Andrew Watson, Bishop of Aston. Here are Bible Readings printed out in full, accompanied by deeply thoughtful and interesting comments, particularly relevant to today's world..." - Lichfield Cathedral Bookshop - January 2012

"This year's BRF Lent book includes group study material as usual. I have not attempted to read all through this book - I have kept that treat till Lent, but the first few chapters caught my attention and kept me reading. Not the way you are intended to approach this book. Reading each designated passage as a daily discipline throughout Lent, and there is a reading for Easter Day as well, would be infinitely more rewarding than rushing through as a reviewer.

The theme throughout is looking at Jesus' life and ministry alongside Israel's time in the desert until their entry into the promised land. Read the introduction to see how Andrew Watson has approached this subject and why. The result is a closer look at both stories than most of us have undertaken before. We are led into new thoughts and insights that will enrich our faith - but need time to ponder upon. This is where sharing in a group can be such a positive experience." - The Good Bookstall - January 2012

"I have browsed through the prayers at the end of each chapter, and as I have thought before when looking at similar books, these could be usefully gathered together into a little book of prayers on their own. Nearly all are written by the author and based on particular verses in the Bible, they form an integral part of the daily offering. This book is special and highly recommended." - Mary Bartholomew.

From the Author: Andrew Watson

The author writes:

'It became the must-have accessory among Christian young people in the 1990s: a rubber wristband cryptically inscribed with the letters WWJD. A hundred years earlier, Charles Sheldon, American pastor and Christian Socialist, had written a book entitled What Would Jesus Do? and the initials on the wristbands picked up just the same question. Whatever situations we face in life - whatever decisions we are called upon to make - the issue of WWJD is vital for the Christian disciple. Jesus' call, after all, is to "follow me".'

'As a church leader at the time when WWJD wristbands were selling by the truckload, I was therefore positive about this simple summons to Christian thinking and discipleship. My only reservation was that WWJD seemed to beg a prior question, and one on which our young people appeared increasingly hazy, namely "What Did Jesus Do?" Short of marketing my own range of WDJD wristbands there were limited means to get my message across, though I mentioned it in the odd sermon at the time. But the danger of asking speculative questions about Jesus without rooting them clearly in the Jesus of the Gospels is a real one. How easy to construct a Jesus of my own making, a pocket Jesus (or idol, to use the Bible's own term), who conveniently seems to share my views on politics, religion, money and relationships, without making me feel uncomfortable or challenged at all!'

'As we approach Lent, the question "What did Jesus do?" yields some interesting answers, for the 40 days of Lent reflect the period that Jesus spent in the wilderness following his baptism and before the start of his public ministry. It's a period briefly mentioned by the Gospel writer Mark (1:12 - 13) and described in greater detail by fellow evangelists Matthew (4:1 - 11) and Luke (4:1 - 13). So what did Jesus do in what we could call the first Lent?'

About The Author: Andrew Watson

Andrew Watson is Bishop of Aston and is involved in promoting church growth and leadership across the Birmingham Diocese. He was previously vicar of St Stephen's, East Twickenham, where he helped pioneer three church plants. He has also written The Fourfold Leadership of Jesus (2008, reprinted 2010) and Confidence in the Living God (2009) for BRF.

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Page last updated 14th September 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherBRF (November 2011)
Number of Pages256
Thickness13 mm
Height198 mm
Width130 mm
Product Code2670462
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