Our featured titles this month focus on lenten reading and reflection.  Check out the following recommended reads on the Diocese of Lansing's Facebook page from our staff member extraordinaire, Stephanie!  

 

RECOMMENDED READS

Bishop Robert Barron's Lenten Gospel Reflections Book 2020

$2.99

Includes the Gospel reading for each day of Lent 2020, brand new reflections from Bishop Barron, reflection questions, journal pages, and Stations of the Cross reflections.

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Building the Way to Heaven: The Tower of Babel and Pentecost

$10.95

In this third book in the Old and New series, author Maura Roan McKeegan recounts how all the world spoke one language--until the people of Shinar became too proud, and the Lord came down from heaven and confused their words. What can undo the chaos? And how will Pentecost help God's children understand one another again? Building the Way to Heaven helps young readers to see God's plan of salvation unfold within the stories of the Tower of Babel and Pentecost.

See biblical typology--the Old Testament people, symbols, and events that foreshadow the New Testament--come to life in Building the Way to Heaven. Recommended for ages 7 and up.

About the Author
Maura Roan McKeegan grew up in Potomac, Maryland, and now lives in Steubenville, Ohio, with her husband Shaun and their four children. Her articles have appeared in publications such as Franciscan Way, Guideposts, Lay Witness, and My Daily Visitor. She is the author of the award-winning Old and New Series.

About the Illustrator
Ted Schluenderfritz is the illustrator of several books including A Life of Our Lord for Children, The Book of Angels, and Darby O'Gill and the Good People. He is a freelance graphic designer and the art director for Catholic Digest and Gilbert Magazine. He lives in Littleton, Colorado with his wife Rachel and their six children. You can view more of his work at www.5sparrows.com.

About the Series

What do the Old and New Testaments have in common? To answer this question, Maura Roan McKeegan presents biblical typology for children. Taking familiar stories from the Old and New Testaments and placing them side by side, children can easily understand at an early age what St. Augustine meant when he said that "the New Testament lies hidden in the Old and the Old Testament is revealed in the New."

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9781947792777
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2018-03-20
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Challenge of the Cross: Praying the Stations

$3.99

When we pray the Stations of the Cross, one of the church's most familiar and beloved devotions, we witness Jesus' immense suffering and become much closer to him in his passion. The Challenge of the Cross offers reflections for each of the fifteen stations. Following each reflection, you will find a Scripture to ponder, a prayer to meet the challenge of the cross, and a closing prayer.

Full-color booklet

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9781616363031
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2011-10-31
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Conversing with God in Lent

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$12.95
Lectio divina is an ancient spiritual practice that can help us to hear God speaking to us through the words of Scripture. In recent times, Pope Benedict XVI and a Synod of Bishops have recommended that lay people pray with the Scriptures using this method. In this book, respected biblical scholar Stephen J. Binz chooses one of the three Mass readings for each Sunday in cycles A, B, and C during Lent, including the complete text of the reading. Then he leads readers through the steps of lectio divinareading, meditation, prayer, contemplation, and actionby suggesting themes and verses on which to focus. Discussion questions are provided for each of the Sunday readings. A perfect Lenten resource for both individuals and parish groups.
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9781593251659
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2010-01-01
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Crucifixion of Jesus: a Forensic Inquiry

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$29.95
A detailed analysis on Christ's death by a forensic pathologist and medical examiner, from the crown of thorns to the burial tomb, incorporates the latest scientific discoveries regarding the Shroud of Turin and its authenticity.
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9781590770702
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2005-04-01
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Death on a Friday Afternoon: Meditations on the Last Words of Jesus from the Cro

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Numerous writers and composers have been captivated by the suggestiveness of Jesus' Seven Last Words. But Richard John Neuhaus's sustained exploration of these utterances is something altogether different. Through them he plumbs the depths of human experience and sets forth the central narrative of Western civilization-the suffering, death, and resurrection of Christ-in a way that engages the attention of believers, unbelievers, and those who are not sure what they believe. Death on a Friday Afternoon is an invitation to the reader into a spiritual and intellectual exploration of the dark side of human experience with the promise of light and life on the far side of darkness.
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9780465049332
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2001-01-30
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Devotional Journey the Easter Mystery

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$18.95
Bestselling author Christopher Carstens (Devotional Journey into the Mass) leads readers through Lent, the Easter Triduum, and the Easter season through Pentecost.
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9781622826629
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2020-02-17
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Easter A-Z Activity Book

$1.95
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9781617962110
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Easter Meditations on the Resurrection

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$7.95

In this book of meditations Father Raniero Cantalamessa reflects on Christ's passion, death, and resurrection. First presented as a lenten retreat in Rome, together with the Good Friday homily in St. Peter's Basilica, the result is a rich and multifaceted exploration of this central mystery of the Christian faith.

Christ's journey to Easter is such an immensely rich source that homilists, liturgists and believers who wants to plumb its depths know the challenge is not about lack of content, but rather where to begin. Like an experienced guide who knows the territory and its many paths, Father Cantalamessa helps readers reach the spiritual center.

His varying points of departure become stirring reflections on Easter. They culminate in a powerful meditation on the Servant Song in the light of the Passion narratives 'and the message of the victorious Christ.

Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap, is past professor of the history of Christian origins at the Catholic University of Milan and a past member of the International Theological Commission. He is preacher to the papal household and author of numerous books.

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9780814627068
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2006-09-01
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Everyone's Way of the Cross

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This perennially popular meditation booklet combines imaginative, full-page photos with a dialogue between Christ and the reader, urging us to carry on Christ's unfinished business and unite our human will with the divine will. Each mediation is an authentic application of Jesus' suffering to our personal lives. Ideal for either private devotion of public Stations of the Cross, for adult parish Lenten programs, and high school use.
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9781594714306
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2014-01-01
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Everyone's Way of the Cross (LG Type)

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$2.75
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9781594714542
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2014-01-01
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Friends of the Cross

$8.00
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9780910984256
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Getting More Out of Lent

$6.95
For many of us, Lent can be a challenging time. We endure the pain of fasting, the struggle to give up comforts, and the hope to get through without too many slipups. But it doesn't have to be that way. Getting More out of Lent will guide readers to experience the wonderful gifts of the season of Lent, and help us come to know Jesus in more personal way.

This 40-page booklet is designed to maximize individuals or small groups time while providing a deep impact on one's spiritual life. Written for both individuals and small group use, this guide will offer insight, Scripture, and prayer, and lead participants to a closer relationship with Jesus in a way that is accessible, engaging, and meaningful to daily life.

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9781593253486
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2019-01-01
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God Gave Us Easter

$10.99
A delightful illustrated picture book for readers ages 3 and up, God Gave Us Easter features the adorable polar bear Little Cub, talking with her father and learning about God's design for the Easter season and what it really means.

"God loved us so much he wanted us to always be with him too. That's why God knew he'd need to give us Easter."

As Little Cub celebrates Easter with Papa, Mama, and her brother and sister, she begins to ask her papa questions about this very special day of the year. Papa lovingly explains God's plans for his children, while taking Little Cub on a memorable walk through her stunning Arctic world, and he shares how Easter came about in clear, simple terms that even the littlest cubs can understand.

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9780307730725
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2013-01-15
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God's Easter Gifts

$12.95
An Easter egg hunt in the park leads children on a journey through the passion and resurrection of Christ and reveals God's greatest gifts to us.
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9781940209135
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2015-02-20
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Hope from the Cross: Reflections on Jesus' Seven Last Words

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$7.95
English Cardinal Basil Hume was beloved all over the world for his pastoral gifts. Before dying of cancer in 1999, he left these meditations on the Seven Last Words of Christ on the cross. In each one of these reflections, Cardinal Hume unwraps a gift for usone that gives us hope even when we are in the midst of pain and difficulty. These last words . . . reveal their secrets slowly, if we meditate on them and pray, Cardinal Hume writes in the introduction. Let those words speak to you, and I will tell you what they have said to me. Short meditations that speak powerfully to the heart. An inspiring gift, especially for those who are in difficult circumstances; Can be used through Lent or at any time of the year.
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9781593251772
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2010-01-01
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I Saw His Face: Powerful Moments of Christs Mercy

$12.99
"I Saw His Face is an inspiring collection of encounters with God's mercy through service. Father Michael Mitchell shares his experiences of missionary work in Mexico and Haiti, revealing how Christ's Mercy is at work among those who serve and those who are being served. At the center each story is Christ the Merciful King: His Person, His Kingship, and His Mercy. Insightful reflections on Bible passages are interwoven throughout the book to shed light on Christ's mission of mercy. Seek a deeper understanding of Christ as the Merciful King and be inspired to see Him in others with I Saw His Face."
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9780996581202
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2015-12-15
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In Conversation with God Vol 2 Lent/Easter

$19.95
"This is a translation of Hablar con Dios ... first published ... by Ediciones Palabra, Madrid, and ... by Scepter."
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9780906138212
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2000-12-01
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Inside the Passion: An Insider's Look at the Passion of the Christ

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Deepen your journey into the unforgettable film, The Passion of The Christ. In this authorized, behind-the-scenes look at the movie, Fr. John Bartunek, L.C., provides biblical, historical, and theological insights gleaned from hours spent on the set and interviews with the director, actors, and filmmaking crew. Inside the Passion is the most complete and thorough commentary on the movie you will read.
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9781727462104
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2019-02-25
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Into His Likeness: Be Transformed as a Disciple of Christ

$16.95
In In Into His Likeness, Dr. Edward Sri provides an approachable but in-depth exploration of what it means to be a disciple of Christ. At the outset, he emphasizes the importance of every Christian's developing the desire to be a true disciple of Christ and gives the reader a first glimpse of what the life of a disciple looks like. As the book progresses, he unfolds what a true encounter of love with Christ entails and explores the transforming power of God's grace. He also offers for consideration "the four habits of a disciple" prayer, the breaking of bread (the Sacraments), fellowship, and the teaching of the Apostles. The book concludes with a powerful call to fulfill every Christian's mission of evangelization. Into His Likeness is a down-to-earth and tremendously valuable handbook for anyone wishing to pursue Christ wholeheartedly.
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9780999375655
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2018-01-01
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Into Your Hands, Father: Abandoning Ourselves to the God Who Loves Us

$12.95

In the spiritual life, we need a central idea: something so basic and comprehensive that it encompasses everything else. According to Carmelite Father Wilfrid Stinissen, surrender to God, abandonment to the One who loves us completely, is that central reality. The life of Jesus shows us the centrality of abandonment, for it is truly the beginning and the end of his mission on earth.

In this simple but profound book, Father Stinissen distinguishes three degrees or stages in abandonment. The first stage consists of accepting and assenting to God's will as it manifests itself in all circumstances of life. The second is actively doing God's will at every moment of one's life. In the third stage, abandonment to God is so complete that one has become a tool in God's hands. At this stage it is no longer I who do God's will, but God who accomplishes his will through me.

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9781586174774
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2011-02-28
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Jesus of Nazareth: Baptism to Transfiguration

$26.00
Pope Benedict XVI's iconic life of Jesus, a rich, compelling, flesh-and-blood portrait of the central figure of the Christian faith.

"This book is . . . my personal search 'for the face of the Lord.'"--Benedict XVI

In this bold, momentous work, the Pope seeks to salvage the person of Jesus from today's "popular" depictions and to restore his true identity as discovered in the Gospels. Through his brilliance as a theologian and his personal conviction as a believer, the Pope incites us to encounter Jesus face to face.

From Jesus of Nazareth ". . . the great question that will be with us throughout this entire book: But what has Jesus really brought, then, if he has not brought world peace, universal prosperity, and a better world? What has he brought? The answer is very simple: God. He has brought God! He has brought the God who once gradually unveiled his countenance first to Abraham, then to Moses and the prophets, and then in the wisdom literature-the God who showed his face only in Israel, even though he was also honored among the pagans in various shadowy guises. It is this God, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, the true God, whom he has brought to the peoples of the earth. He has brought God, and now we know his face, now we can call upon him. Now we know the path that we human beings have to take in this world. Jesus has brought God and with God the truth about where we are going and where we come from: faith, hope, and love."

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Jesus, Friend of My Soul: Reflections for the Lenten Journey

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Bestselling author and beloved retreat leader Joyce Rupp has offered companionship and gentle guidance throughout the seasons in such books as May I Have This Dance? and Anchors for the Soul. In Jesus, Friend of My Soul--Rupp's only meditation book for Lent and Holy Week--each two-page daily reflection brings our attention to the Lenten season, providing reflections for growth and inviting us to follow Jesus and become more like him.

"As Christians," Joyce Rupp writes, "we look to the person of Jesus to learn from him." Because our lives are filled to the brim with activity, it is easy to drift away from trying to live as Jesus did, and we find ourselves in need of time to focus on drawing close to him again and learning from his example. In Jesus, Friend of My Soul, Rupp guides us from Ash Wednesday through Easter Sunday illustrating both how Jesus called his followers to change and how his actions provide us a blueprint for growth.

Rupp helps us learn from the qualities of Jesus and the actions and teachings that marked his time on earth, including:

  • how Jesus extended mercy after Peter's denials
  • how Jesus trusted in his Father, even as he experienced other emotions when troubling events occurred
  • how Jesus spoke and acted with integrity, which made him a valuable and trustworthy person for others to listen to and follow
  • Each day's reflection begins with a verse from scripture and a meditation centered on Jesus' life, actions, and teachings that are applied to our lives. We are then offered a prayer and an intention to carry with us throughout the day. Each brief reflection gently leads us to new growth in our lives and invites us to reach new depths in our faith. Questions for individual or group study are included.

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    9781594719653
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    2020-01-24
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    Last Hours of Jesus: From Gethsemane to Golgotha

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    Here for the ordinary reader is an unforgettable moment-by-moment account that brings to vivid life the powerful events that transpired between Jesus' Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane and His death on the Cross at Golgotha.

    Fr. Ralph Gorman has here crafted for us a single detailed narrative out of the four Gospels, weaving into his narrative relevant Old Testament passages and prophecies, and facts from Jewish and Roman history, laws, beliefs, traditions, and practices, plus helpful first century military, political, geographical, and archaeological information.

    You can read this book straight through, or one chapter a day as spiritual reading before Mass or during Lent. Either way, you'll come to grasp anew the depths of Christ's love for you, awakening in you greater devotion to Him than ever before.

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    9781622824700
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    2018-01-18
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    Lent & Easter Wisdom from Pope John Paul II

    $11.99

    Beloved Pope John Paul II was one of the most popular and inspirational religious figures of our time. In Lent and Easter Wisdom from Pope John Paul II, the late Holy Father's thought-provoking words lead readers through a journey of conversion throughout the season.

    Each daily reflection--from Ash Wednesday through the Second Sunday of Easter--begins with thoughts from Pope John Paul II on some appropriate theme, supported by Scripture, a prayer, and a suggested activity for spiritual growth.

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    9780764814129
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    Lent and Easter Wisdom from Fulton J. Sheen

    $11.99

    Timeless words from the pen of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen inspire the heart and imagination as readers embark on a Lenten journey toward a better understanding of their spiritual selves. Covering the traditional themes of Lent--sin and salvation, death and Resurrection, sorrow and hope, ashes and lilies--these 50 passages and accompanying mini-prayers offer readers a practical spiritual program as a retreat from the cares and concerns of a secular world view.

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    9780764811111
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    2003-08-01
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    Lent and Easter Wisdom from G.K. Chesterton

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    G. K. Chesterton is one of the few Christian thinkers admired and quoted equally by Christians of all types and even by non-Christians. Each daily reflection in this book--from Ash Wednesday through the Second Sunday of Easter--begins with thoughts from the finest writings of Chesterton on an appropriate theme and supported by Scripture, a prayer, and a suggested activity for spiritual growth.

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    9780764816987
    Publication Date: 
    2008-01-01
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    Lent and Easter Wisdom from Thomas Merton

    $11.99
    Let the words of Trappist monk Thomas Merton lead you through the holy season of Lent and into Easter. The author was known for his journaling skills. With that in mind, the daily format includes an explanation of one facet of the season, followed by Mertons' writings, appropriate Scripture passages and a daily journal topic to encourage your own thoughts related to Lent and Easter.

    Lent and Easter Wisdom from Thomas Merton makes an ideal gift--for yourself, your parish library, your pastor--or anyone who is interested in developing a deeper understanding of this holy season.

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    9780764815584
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    Lent with Pope Francis: Daily Reflections and Prayers

    $7.95
    Starting with Ash Wednesday and continuing through Easter week, Lent with Pope Francis offers daily inspiration from the Pope's writings. Francis touches on common Lenten themes--like prayer, fasting, and almsgiving--while inviting us to reflect more deeply on what can lead us closer to Christ this Lent. He challenges us to not only think about but live the Gospel call to love our neighbor as ourselves. Concluding daily reflections and prayers make this book the ideal companion during your Lenten journey.
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    9780819845726
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    2014-11-01
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    Lent-Easter Awaits Us: Returning to the Way of God

    $1.95
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    9781860826290
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    Lenten reflections from a Father Who Keeps His Promises

    $15.99
    From Genesis to Jesus, these Lenten reflections based on A Father Who Keeps His Promises highlight biblical characters such as Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and David that lead us to Christ and his sacrifice for us. Delving into the rich history of God's covenant with us, each day's reading gives the reader much to reflect on throughout Lent, culminating with Easter and ending with Divine Mercy Sunday. In addition to the reflection, there is a daily Scripture verse, a prayer, and a relevant question, all designed to deepen the reader's Lenten experience.

    The audio edition of this book can be downloaded via Audible.
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    9781616364977
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    2012-10-24
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    Lenten Survival Guide for Kids

    $8.99

    Written for 7-11 year olds, this playful guide appeals to kids who want to know more about what adults are telling them is a serious time. Without talking down to them, and challenging them to learn and do more, the following topics are explored in detail: What Lent Is, What Lent Definitely Is Not, 40 Days of Survival Tactics, and A Few Prayers and Practices -- Only for Kids.

    From What Lent Definitely Is Not:

    People easily become confused on this subject. In fact, we're glad you are reading this book, because we want to set you, at least, straight. You can then please set others straight.

    Lent is not about "giving up" silly things. It is not about making sad faces to show how difficult life has suddenly become for you. (Need we start explaining how most of the world would think that giving up candy bars or soda for 40 days sounds just plain silly? According to Bread for the World, 925 million people around the world go hungry each day. So please don't talk about the terrible hardship you are undergoing by giving up M&M's and Coca-Cola for a few weeks.)

    So instead of focusing on what you may give up, take time to consider why you may do it. You give stuff up for Lent because you want to become a better Christian. You are testing yourself -- and allowing God to test you -- to see if, by giving up something that maybe you are too focused on in everyday life, you can concentrate more on him.

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    9781612615219
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    2014-03-01
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