Jonah Summer Reading Challenge
Join Bishop Paul in this year’s Summer Challenge reading the book of Jonah. Sign up to this course and you will receive weekly emails encouraging you to read sections of Jonah alongside the companion book - Journeying with Jonah: the struggle to find yourself’ by the Roman Catholic scholar Denis McBride. Find out more about the challenge and how you can get involved.
Last Summer Bishop Paul issued a challenge to the Diocese to read St Mark’s Gospel, with a recommended commentary by Jeremy Duff to accompany those who took up the challenge fully.
This year we move to the Old Testament (OT), Bishop Paul told us, “We’ll be reading the book of Jonah together. With its picturesque story-language and its humour, Jonah can seem like a lightweight book – ‘When you’re down in the mouth, think of Jonah; he came out all right!’ But in fact those four brief chapters consider issues of huge importance - human identity, the church’s mission in a fallen world, and much more.”
His recommended accompanying commentary this year is ‘Journeying with Jonah: the struggle to find yourself’ by the Roman Catholic scholar Denis McBride. The commentary contains the whole text of Jonah - all five pages as an appendix. Bishop Paul added,
“Denis McBride guides us through the four chapters of this wonderful little OT book with real wisdom and insight. His concluding chapter is entitled “God’s indiscriminate mercy”. This echoes words of Pope Francis with which I’ll leave you today:
In ‘The Church of Mercy’ Pope Francis writes: “Here I think of the story of Jonah, a really interesting figure, especially for these times of great change and uncertainty… Go and read the book of Jonah! It is short, but it is a very instructive parable, especially for those of us in the Church.”
How to take part
Sign up for a weekly reflection and challenge from Bishop Paul
Sign up here to receive weekly emails
The first email will be sent on Monday July 29th
Buy the book
We're working with the companion book Journeying with Jonah: the struggle to find yourself by Denis McBride
You can buy your copy from the Cathedral Shop, online (click here) or in person.
In this course
How the Jonah Challenge will work
Thank you for signing up to be part of this year’s summer reading challenge. We are delighted to be praying, reading and learning together as we study this short but important book. We also recommend that you read the companion book from Denis McBride, Journeying with Jonah: the struggle to find yourself. Together with our weekly reflections and challenges we hope we will all gain a rich understanding of what God is saying to us in our lives and how we respond.ResourceTotal current bookmarks 10
Jonah and the choices we make (Week One challenge)
After reading the first part of Jonah then here is your first challenge.ResourceTotal current bookmarks 2
Jonah and the Storm (Week Two)
Our second week of the challenge involves reading Jonah 1: 4-17ResourceTotal current bookmarks 1
Jonah and the Storm (Week Two Challenge)
Our second challenge comes from the second part of Jonah's first chapter.ResourceTotal current bookmarks 1
Jonah: In The Depths Week Three
This week's reflection is based on Chapter 2 of JonahResourceTotal current bookmarks 1
Jonah and the depths (Week Three Challenge)
This week we are challenged by Jonah's prayer in Chapter 2ResourceTotal current bookmarks 1
Jonah: Telling the Truth, truthfully (Week Four)
Our fourth week of the challenge involves reading Jonah Chapter 3ResourceTotal current bookmarks 1
Jonah Telling the Truth; Truthfully (Week Four Challenge)
Week Four's challenge is a response to Jonah Chapter 3ResourceTotal current bookmarks 1
Jonah – the abounding, annoying mercy of God. (Week Five)
This week we read from Jonah 3:10 to the end of the bookResourceTotal current bookmarks 1
Jonah Reading Challenge - Our final challenge
As we finish reading Jonah we come to our final challengeResourceTotal current bookmarks 0
Young Persons Jonah Summer Reading Challenge
As well as following the Bishop's summer reading challenge you may like to encourage your church's young people to follow their own version with this challenge designed by Suzanne Finch, from Christ Church Newburgh and St James Westhead.Course 4 PartsTotal current bookmarks 1
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