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Monday, March 25, 2013

Recent Reads: Deeply Loved

Deeply Loved: 40 Ways in 40 Days to Experience the Heart of Jesus  is the kind of book we all need during Lent... forty days worth of different ways to connect with Jesus.  I enjoy having a quick chapter to read each day.  I started this book after Lent was already underway, but I had no trouble reading several chapters in one evening.

I enjoyed reading the daily reflections and anectdotes to illustrate the real-world applications of the spritual practices.  Many of the practices I have heard of, but there were some new ideas, too.   I appreciated the author's real-world take on some things: for example, she encouraged mothers of young children to find little pockets of true quiet time when they can, by driving without the radio on, or by re-thinking those few quiet moments in the shower.  That's something I can really do, as opposed to other books I've read that push for long meditations or retreats.

Each chapter ends with a check-box to mark off after you have tried the day's spiritual exercise described in that chapter.  I was a little put off by that, as some of the spiritual practices will appeal to some readers, and some will not.  I got more out of the book by reading each day's practices and adapting the ones that fit into my life right now.

Disclosure: I was provided with a free copy of this book from Abingdon Press in return for posting my honest review. 

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