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Simplifying the Soul: Lenten Practices to Renew Your Spirit (Ave Maria Press) Paperback – December 19, 2011
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"This is the most moving, most appealing, and, at the same time, most practical book I have ever seen on Lenten practices."--Phyllis Tickle, Author of The Great Emergence
"Huston offers herself as a lively companion in a Lenten practice stripped of cliches. Join her--it might be the simplest and liveliest Lent you have ever kept."--Eugene Peterson, Author of Pastor: A Memoir
"When I read Huston's words I am galvanized and motivated toward greater simplicity." --Luci Shaw, Author of Water My Soul
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And then I read the whole book.
In my defense, I had a whole evening before me and I needed to get the review written for the Patheos Book Club. What I found with this book, though, was much different than what I expected.
I don't know what, exactly, I expected, but I'm sure it had to do with preaching and a feeling of insignificance at the end. I was excited at the premise and what the book jacket promised, but maybe a little sure that I would not be able to approach Lent using this book as an actual resource.
"It will be good for someone, though," I thought, "and I can surely read it and see what I have to look forward to."
I was gloriously, wonderfully WRONG. I found myself reading, shaking my head, and looking forward to Lent, when I can dig in.
Will I fail? Yeah, probably. I do every year. In the failure is the kernel I need from Lent, I think, and success isn't usually about what I plan, but about what graces I allow God to work.
Each day of Lent has a task, with a reflection by the author from her own experience, and then an brief description of the task or practice for the day.
Throughout the book, you get to know Paula Huston as your guide, someone walking beside you and encouraging you, even as she doesn't settle for less than what you can at least try to do. She's gentle, but tough. She weaves humor in with what I can only call teaching: she makes the Desert Fathers and Mothers an accessible crew, even for a busy mom in the Midwest.Read more ›
Now, as a Quaker (a sect that eschews Advent, Lent -- where every day is both ordinary time and extra-ordinary time), I am not normally drawn to materials that are liturgical seasonally based. But, since Paula wrote this, I knew I wanted to read it and would find it helpful. And I did. And I'll return to it again and again -- in Lent and other times.
Lent is quickly approaching. So if you're a liturgical type, pick it up soon. And if you're un-liturgical (like me) get it anyhow!
We start by simplifying space around us, we explore money in week one, then the body, the mind, our schedules, relationships and the final week we simplify prayer. Each day's reading has a message of reflection from Huston which paints a picture leading to a practical instruction for the day. These varied from cleaning a hidden space, to visiting the sick in hospital, to studying meditative prayer to name three.
I admit I didn't complete all the practical instructions, however, especially benefited from the discovery of the Divine Office and Lectio Divina, both of which I've happily continued to varying degrees. I appreciated Huston's musings. Her reflections her own spiritual journey to developing greater mindfulness has been of much encouragement and I look forward to reading more of her work. She made many references to the Desert Fathers and others who have inspired her on her journey.
I'm not a Catholic but heartily recommend this book for anyone looking to simplify one's life so as to gain some better clarity on humility.
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This book is wonderful! I just love the whole book. It is a book that every year you can do it and grow in your life every year as though it is a new read.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
what i really like about this devotion is that it gives you something different to contemplate each day, rather than just sacrifice/give up one thing, it really keeps you in the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by sueann
This has been an interesting and meaningful lent. I used this book this year even though I am no longer part of the Catholic Faith I found this to be rich and meaningful. Read morePublished 4 months ago by margaret nagy
Hubs & I are reading this nightly for Lent. It's interesting, but a little annoying that everything revolves around the author.Published 4 months ago by Irish Shrink
Really kept me in the Lenten midset to be having a daily Lenten practice. Although I think it could be used at any time of the yearPublished 15 months ago by John Briggs
What a wonderful way to start each morning. During Lent I was working a job that took a lot of hours daily. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Robert J. McCann