Book offers insight, guidance for the Lenten season

A Grown Up Lent What are you giving up for Lent? Chocolate? Wine? Red meat? Episcopal priest Joanna Leiserson encourages us to dig deeper this Lenten season. We can begin, she says, by asking the right questions: “Who will you be in Lent?” and even “Whose will you be in Lent?”

Published by Forward Movement, A Grown-Up Lent: When Giving Up Chocolate Isn’t Enough presents daily devotions that explore in meaningful ways what it means to connect with God in a secular, post-modern culture. Leiserson, who serves at St. Anne’s, West Chester, OH is an engaging storyteller and teacher and offers fresh insight into Jesus’ parables and spiritual practices such as fasting, self-examination, and prayer.

“Joanna is a masterful teacher, able to translate the parables into modern culture in a way that both inspires and challenges,” says Richelle Thompson, deputy director and managing editor of Forward Movement. “These daily devotions are a wonderful companion for the journey through Lent, a way to move beyond simply giving up something and into a deeper relationship with the Divine.”

Leiserson is the author of the nationally known program, Weaving God’s Promises: A Curriculum for Children in The Episcopal Church. She has a deep passion for Christian formation and social and economic justice.

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