Wednesday, February 22

Lent Resources

Lent is almost here! In fact it starts a week from today on Wednesday, March 1st. There have been years when I've given up something for Lent (usually soda of chocolate), but I've never spent much time thinking about why I - and others - felt the need to give something up during this forty day period. I've known it was born out of a Catholic practice, but that's the extent of the research and thought I've placed on Lent leading up to Easter.

This year I wanted to give Lent more thought, focusing not on giving something up for the sake of simply giving something up, but adding something positive in place of giving up something. While I'm still on the fence about what to give up, I wanted to grab a few resources about Lent. Here's what I got my hands on...

The Good of Giving Up by Aaron Damiani

This book is perfect for me because I know so little about Lent. The book's synopsis begins with the author saying, "Like many evangelicals who love the gospel, I had my doubts about Lent." YES, that's me too.

Lent can seem like an empty ritual, while it should be more of a "springtime for the soul," or a season of cleaning to make room for growth. In this book, Damiani talks about the history and purpose of Lent, how to practice it with proper motivation, ways it can reform your habits/convictions and how to lead others through it (at home or at church). While I don't anticipate leading anyone through Lent, I loved the other sections of the book, especially the history and purpose of Lent.

I found this book a good blend of informational and inspiring. I'm very glad I read it before this year's Lent season began.

This is a hardcover devotional that is a bit smaller than a traditional book, but bigger in size than a daily devotional. It's complied with writings by Tozer, and as I'm a big fan of Tozer, I know I'm going to enjoy this devotional during the Lent season.

Each day's reading has a Scripture passage, followed by something Tozer has written, and the day's readings are longer than a page. I like this format because there's a lot of "meat" to each devotion. That's what I love about Tozer - his writings are deep and still relate-able!

This Lent devotional gets two thumbs up from me.

Disclaimer: These books were provided to me free of charge by Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest review. All the opinions expressed are completely my own. Also, affiliate links used. This means that if you purchase a book via the Amazon links, I'll receive a small percentage. Thank you for supporting my blog!

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