I used this book as my Lenten devotional this year and really liked it. Each day has a short reading and reflection, some quotes, some information about the history of Lent, a suggested Bible reading and also a suggested “fast.” Most of the time we relate fasting to food, and when we “give something up” for Lent, we choose a food item –coffee, desserts, maybe even meat. However, author Chole has some thought-provoking ideas on the subject. What about fasting from something like:
- Regrets–put the mistakes of the past behind, and resolve not to dwell upon them
- Fixing it–don’t try to fix the problems or pain of others–give them the gift of your supportive presence
- Comparison–stop comparing your situation to others
- Discontent–redirect the tendency to picture something more to thanking God for the blessing you have
This is just a sampling, but enough for you to get the idea. Some of the fasts are more challenging than others, and you can decide to try them for just one day, or for longer, as a spiritual discipline. At the end of each day there is some space for journaling about the Bible reading, if you’re so inclined.
VERDICT: 5 STARS. I think this is a book I could use over and over during the Lenten season.
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