Searching for Lenten books at my library, I found a beautiful collection of readings from Paraclete Press, God for Us: Rediscovering the meaning of Lent and Easter. The season of Lent can be a nourishing time of deep reflection, prayer, and repentance. Traditionally it is a time to prepare the heart for the coming feast of Easter. As Greg Pennoyer writes, Lent “clears the lens so that we can see what we routinely miss within our circumstances.” This holy season is “a revelation of God’s desire to use all of our life for our wholeness and our healing.”
Edited by Greg Pennoyer and Gregory Wolfe, God for Us features writings from Beth Bevis, Scott Cairns, Kathleen Norris, Richard Rohr, Ronald Rolheiser, James Calvin Schaap, Luci Shaw, and Lauren F. Winner. The selections are accompanied by reproductions of artwork ranging from 14th-century icons to 20th century paintings. Works from Chagall, van Gogh, Rossetti, and dozens of other masters are represented. The beauty and range of the artwork provides many opportunities for contemplation and visual nourishment.
As a book reviewer and passionate reader of spirituality texts, I have seen many devotionals that do not delve deeply enough. In this volume, I have discovered insightful writing and beautiful prayers that will nourish me in future Lents. Not only are there readings for each day of Lent, but also brief essays on the history of special feasts observed during the season, such as Palm Sunday.
I highly recommend God for Us, and it would make a beautiful and inspiring gift. For anyone interested in deepening their experience of God in the Christian tradition, this book is not to be missed
The book also is available as an email subscription, beginning on Shrove Tuesday (Mardi Gras, February 17) and ending on Easter Sunday, April 5.
*Through today, Monday, February 16, all Lent devotionals at Paraclete Press are discounted 30%. I share this sale announcement only as a helpful tip; I do not receive any direct benefit from your purchase.*
Disclaimer: My review is based on a copy from the local public library. No fee was received for this review.