A Book to Renew Your Spirit

Looking for something to read during Lent? Something to feed your soul in this upcoming holy season? Something that could make this Lenten season more meaningful than ever before? I have a recommendation: Paula Huston's Simplifying the Soul (Lenten Practices to Renew Your Spirit) is a beautiful, memorable, and practical book.

It is ideal--in tone, in style, in application--for Lent, though it could be profitably read and enjoyed at any time of the year. And, though it is written by a Benedictine oblate and published by Ave Maria Press, it is far more ecumenical than you might think.

Simplifying the Soul invites the reader to slow down and simplify. It draws beautiful, thoughtful lessons from the author's life, from the writings of the Desert Fathers, and of course from the Bible. It is, as one of my favorite writers, Phyllis Tickle, says, "A verbal retreat that invites both the soul and the body to a holy retooling." Who doesn't need that?

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