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Every year, more evangelicals decide to celebrate Lent. Why the growing interest? In Giving Up: Discovering the Freedom of Lent, Anglican pastor Aaron Damiani explains that far from being legalistic, Lent can be "good medicine" for our souls. In this insightful overview, he shares the theological significance of the season and shows how we can benefit by observing its ancient traditions
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Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2017
"Like many evangelicals who love the gospel, I had my doubts about Lent."
Its true, Lent can often seem like an empty ritual. But what Aaron Damiani came to find, and what he describes inside, is something else entirely. Something exceedingly good.
In The Good of Giving Up, Anglican pastor Aaron Damiani (who comes from a low-church background) explains the season of Lent, defends it theologically, and guides you in its practice. Youll learn:
- The history and purpose of Lent
- How to practice it with proper motivation
- Ways it can reform your habits and convictions
- How to lead others through it, whether in the home or church
Lent has been described as a "springtime for the soul," a season of clearing to make room for growth. The Good of Giving Up will show you why, encouraging you to participate in what many know as a rich spiritual journey.
"When I was finally ready to take the plunge, I learned that observing Lent is not a forced march of works-righteousness. But it was good medicine for [my soul], for the painful split between what I knew about God and what I experienced of Him."
HeidiMarie3 Stars Out Of 5The Good Of Giving UpJanuary 27, 2018HeidiMarieQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3In his book The Good of Giving Up, Aaron Damiani explains why he decides to observe Lent each year. A custom that seems harsh and controlling, Damiani describes how it actually is liberating.
"Lent is an ancient pilgrimage that the Lord uses to recapture our imagination of and renew our participation in the greatest story ever told."
He uses many personal examples of how Lent has changed his life and the lives of his friends, as well as Biblical evidence for practicing it, and a historical background of it. He also addresses most of the common objections to Lent and explains his answers to them.
"The entire process of Lent and Easter strengthens our commitment to serve and rule in the kingdom as God always intended."
What I found most interesting is the detail Damiani went into regarding fasts. I have always been intrigued by the idea of fasts, but have only been able to find small sections in other books. Damiani, however, went into quite a bit of detail and explanation, and spent quite a bit of time talking about fasts.
The author has a very friendly tone and is enjoyable to read. He is very real and relatable. He explains why he thinks what he does rather than telling the reader why they or other people are wrong. He was very funny, too.
I would only recommend this book to people who are familiar with Lent already. Though he thoroughly explained the why of Lent, he didn't really talk about the what or how at all, which I wish he would have.
Overall, I gave this 3/5 stars, and would recommend this book to people who know about Lent, have questions about it, and are wondering if they should practice it.
*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.
Treenz5 Stars Out Of 5Thought provoking and inspiring. Great read.March 2, 2017TreenzQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Aaron presents the information in this book in a really reader-friendly way. It is quick and easy to read. I really enjoyed it a lot. He backs up with scripture, shares Anglican liturgy as applicable and really delves into this topic passionately. It is so evident that this is something he is truly passionate about.
To be honest, I'm still processing a lot of this after reading it. He speaks on the importance of fasting and how lent works itself into Easter when the celebration occurs - so Easter no longer just sneaks up on you but you have gone through this time of seeking God and preparation. How it is important for us to have a time each year of introspect and seeking God and putting aside our distractions to get to what is really important. To search our soul and allow God to show us our shortcomings and where we need to work on. This is something pretty much unheard of in today's society - of pulling back and quietening ourselves to hear God's voice speak to us personally and to start the process of change in response.
He talks of the value of confessing to each other. The Bible says to confess our sins to each other and pray for each other. The aim of the confession is that you speak it out and then it releases it and you move on - not to go that way again or sin in that way again. So if on your journey of lent, God shows you something to work on in your life - one of the steps is to confess it to someone else and commit to changing.
Another aspect of the book deals with giving to others during the Lent time and being aware of others struggling.
Among other things, I take from this book that lent is something that is necessary in the Christian life. It forces us off the merry-go-round of busyness, to slow us down to remember why we are here, who we are, how we are doing. It brings back spiritual focus. Like a reset button. It's like a regrouping where we humble ourselves before the Lord and seek Him more in our life by letting go of something important to us for a period of time.
At the end he also has a section of how to lead others through lent - such as your family, and even how to lead a church through it. There is a 'special services' part at the back to that shows how they do services at his church for Ash Wednesday etc. Very helpful and practical information.
I really appreciated this book and am so glad that I read it. I would most definitely recommend this book.
Please note that I was sent a copy of this book in return for my review, however this review is entirely my own.