Item description for A Clearing Season: Reflections for Lent by Sarah Parsons...
Overview This volume rebuffs the notion that Lent is simply a time to "give up" something enjoyable. Instead it shows that Lent can be a time to identify obstacles between oneself and God, and to clear those obstacles away through activities and reflection.
Publishers Description This volume rebuffs the notion that Lent is simply a time to give up something enjoyable. Instead it shows that Lent can be a time to identify obstacles between oneself and God, and to clear those obstacles away through activities and reflection.
Community Description To many, Lent is simply a time to "give up" something that they enjoy. They see it as a seemingly long purposeless time of self-denial. But A Clearing Season rebuffs that notion looking at Lent from a new perspective.
Cities across the world celebrate the day-before with colorful parades and over-the-top parties. Then Wednesday arrives ... Sigh. Lent. has. begun.
You hear about devout friends giving up seemingly innocent things in life (like chocolate) or stressing out to live a more perfect life during six grueling weeks --- for reasons you don't completely understand. Sermons about penitence are preached, and guilt soaks the congregation.
Sound like a good time?! It's time to rethink Lent.
Or at least see it for the positive opportunity it offers. It's spring-cleaning for the soul! Lent offers you time to pause, consider, and renew your relationship with God --- an altogether hopeful (not dreary) experience.
"To arrive at newness of life, we first name parts of our lives that are shrouded in darkness," writes Parsons. "To put it very dramatically,... your first order of business is to break your heart for God. We walk through some muck so that we can leave it behind and find Easter joy beyond.... With God's help we will clear the darkness away and begin to experience greater joy and newness of life."
Sure, there's work to be done during Lent, but it's the gentle, gradual work of opening one's heart and mind to grace. A Clearing Space will move you week by week from "wilderness to holy ground," using a personal tone that will stir and challenge personal reflection.
Parsons includes exercises for small groups, as well as questions at the end of each chapter for individual reflection. Also included is an appendix of spiritual practices for Lent you may not have considered before.
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Studio: Upper Room
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.54" Width: 5.68" Height: 0.29" Weight: 0.36 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2005
Publisher Abingdon Church Supplies
ISBN 0835898172 ISBN13 9780835898171
Reviews - What do customers think about A Clearing Season: Reflections for Lent?
Best Book for First Time Lenters Apr 30, 2009
Though I've been a professing Christian for 30 plus years, I have never really gotten the whole Lent thing... that is before a dear friend told me about this book and I ordered it from this site Books the same day. Wow!!! the clarity and simplicity brought me home to the real meaning and purpose behind the lenten season. This is a book I will use whenever I need clarity and stillness. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is seeking a simple yet profound approach to understanding and appreciating Lent/. Thank you so much Sarah.
Sage in Cali
Calm deep effective guide to Lent Apr 1, 2009
This is an outstanding book on "clearing out" one's life and soul during Lent--I have used it for several years and recommend it highly for the simplicity and depth of the process and reflections. I hope this author continues to write many more books!