In Lenten Lent: A Way to Refresh & Renew Your Spirit, Donna Schaper, author of more than 30 books, engages the sometimes gritty, often chaotic and challenging realities of our lives. With great honesty and humanity, openness and hope, she offers readers a way through Lent inspired by the ecological metaphors of renewable and sustainable energy – a truly healing “ecology” for the spirit.
Each of the 41 daily devotions – including one for Easter – feature a scripture reference, meditation, prayer, and action step. Lenten Lent also includes guidelines for study groups, making this a perfect resource for both individual and group use.
If you are like me, you long for an appropriately-sized spiritual technology, one that can renew you and bring you to new life. You want it to be simple in an elegant way, like the right vase for the right flowers. And you want it to be elegant in a simple way, like the way a pair of scissors re-usably presents itself on the right occasion.
If you are like me, you long for spiritual methods, practices, measurements – ways to travel that long way to God. You don’t want anything fancy so much as you want something just right. You don’t want to waste time or energy so much as to use time and energy in a renewable and renewing way…
Ultimately, it is my hope that these devotions will accompany you through Lent and yield a harvest of solar and wind energy in you. By solar I mean a sunnier disposition and by wind I mean something like wind in your sails. Renewable energy is not just material in form. It is also metaphoric, metaphysical, and very hard to measure with scales or rulers. May these 40 meditations be a handful of hope to guide you on that journey.
~ Donna Schaper, from the Introduction