Simplifying the Soul by Paula Huston
Lenten Practices to Renew Your Spirit (Ave Maria Press)

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Huston's book is an encouraging guide that suggests such things are attainable to all people, believers and non, by embracing a simple approach.
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Award-winning author and Benedictine oblate Paula Huston invites readers to de-clutter their minds, hearts, relationships, and souls in a book of daily Lenten practices woven from the gospels, the Desert Fathers, and the author's own wealth of spiritual experience.

"What are you giving up for Lent this year?" It's the expected question amongst Christian friends each spring. In Simplifying the Soul, Paula Huston asks her readers a deeper, alternative sort of question: "How will you rid your life of excess this Lent?" Huston encourages readers to see Lent as a time to seek out silence and free themselves of "stuff"; to de-clutter minds, hearts, and lives; and to acknowledge the connections between what they pray about and what they do.

With honesty, vulnerability, and grace, Huston challenges readers to move outward and act, showing them how everyday actions like cleaning out a junk drawer, giving away something no longer used, or spending fifteen minutes in silence can be surprisingly powerful ways of experiencing a more meaningful Lent and a simpler life. Whether cutting up a credit card, visiting someone at the hospital, or forgiving someone with whom they are angry, readers experience, under Huston's gentle and expert care, how such practices lead to a more authentic Christian faith.
 

About Paula Huston

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Paula Huston is the author of the novel "Daughters of Song". She teaches fiction writing & literature at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California.
 
Published December 19, 2011 by Ave Maria Press. 193 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Nick Owchar on Feb 02 2012

Huston's book is an encouraging guide that suggests such things are attainable to all people, believers and non, by embracing a simple approach.

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