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Book Review of Lenten Healing: 40 Days to Set You Free from Sin

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Book Review: Lenten Healing: 40 Days to Set You Free from SinBy Ken Kniepmann  (Ave Maria Press)

I received a lovely little book to review from Ave Maria Press called Lenten Healing: 40 Days to Set You Free from Sin by Ken Kniepmann. The format at first seemed familiar.  It is a daily reflection book for Lent, but it comes with a twist.  Rather than reflecting on the readings for the day, Ken Kniepman covers each of the seven deadly sins and connects them to their corresponding virtues.  Each week of Lent covers on of the deadly sins, the corresponding virtue, connects them to wounds in our lives and how we can heal those wounds. 

I did a quick read of the book in order to review it in time for Lent, but of course, the purpose of this book is not that you sit and read it cover to cover in one sitting.  Rather, we are invited to read the daily portion of the book, usually about 2 pages, and use it as a springboard for prayer and reflection.  Each day has a short reading to introduce the topic, whether it be a sin or a wound or virtue to counter the sin. Then two short related verses from scripture to deepen our reflection by listening to God speak to us.  These are followed by one or two reflection questions and a short meditative prayer. 

I plan on using this book as part of my own Lenten journey this year.  I like to journal each morning, and for me, the value is in the reflection questions which will prompt my daily journaling.  I can also see it as a gentle way to uncover hidden wounds that cause me to struggle with the same sins over and over again.  This book aims to help us see the connections between our sins and the deeper, often hidden wounds and reasons we are drawn to those sins, allowing God’s grace to heal so that we may live out the corresponding virtues.

If you struggle with the deadly sins, whether, sloth, pride, envy, greed, gluttony, anger or lust, this may be the book for your Lenten reading this year. The Lord wants to set us free to live a virtuous life that we may encounter love and happiness.  May this Lent be a season of healing and mercy.   


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