Simplifying the Soul
Lenten Practices to Renew Your Spirit
by Paula Huston
This is the most moving, most appealing, and, at the same time, most practical book I have ever seen on Lenten practices. It is a verbal retreat that invites both the soul and the body to a holy re-tooling.
—Phyllis Tickle, author of The Great Emergence
Award-winning author and Benedictine oblate Paula Huston invites readers to de-clutter their minds, hearts, relationships, and souls in a new book of daily Lenten practices.
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Read an excerpt from Chapter One of Paula Huston's new book on daily Lenten practices to renew your mind and spirit.
By Carl Gregg
Huston invites us to experience Lent as a forty-day “at home” retreat in which we carve out the time and space to allow God to recalibrate our soul. The goal, in her words, is a “simplification of soul."
By Julie Davis
Humility means knowing the good about yourself and the bad about yourself. It is about having proper perspective. It is only when we are truly humble that we can be Christ-like, obedient to God the the right spirit, and learn to love God selflessly. I’m terrible at it.
By Elizabeth Scalia
This is good stuff, and we often over-comfortable Christians of the West can use it. Her book offers a daily suggestion meant to help de-clutter and simplify, such as tackling a junk drawer ... I will make a point of using Huston's wise and spiritually grounded book for this upcoming Lent.
By Rebecca Cusey
As a child of the freewheeling Jesus-people churches of California in the 80s, I find myself hungry for connection to the faith's past, so learning about the Desert Fathers and disciplines like Examens of Conscience or meditation feed a spot in my soul.
By Christine Valters Paintner
Paula is gifted at bringing together rich resources from the tradition, refreshingly honest stories from her own experience, and practical ways to apply these in everyday life. This book would make a wonderful self-guided retreat or a weekly group reflection on her invitations.
By Sarah Reinhard
Throughout the book, you get to know Paula Huston as your guide, someone walking beside you and encouraging you, even as she doesn't settle for less than what you can at least try to do. She's gentle, but tough.
By Bruce Epperly
How do we live a simple life in a complex world in which much of the complexity is often the result of our own gifts and choices as well as the necessary demands of work and family?
By Nadia Bolz-Weber
Paula Huston suggests that humility is the key to Lenten practices and the grime hidden behind my otherwise clean refrigerator might, just might, be a metaphor for what is deep and hidden in my own spiritual life. My first reaction to this? "how dare her!" My second reaction to this? "She's right."