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Lent Is For Loving
A Lent course about Love
by Sheila Cassidy
Stapled A5 Pbk.
Publisher:DLT (Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd)
The Lent courses from DLT are most often very different, for the last few years they have used some great films like Chocolat as the basis of their courses. Though this one is not based on a film or an overriding experience such as Touching the Void was, it is still very different and excellent. After all it's not often you get an unashamed "lapsed" Catholic who doesn't attend regular church services anymore writing a Lent Course. It's also not often that you come across a Lent book that suggests picking up dog poo instead of giving up chocolate as a more fitting Lenten observance, as it's not often that you get a Lent course that talks about the Wheelchair God, unable to do things for himself and relying on his friends / family to do them instead, and it's not often you get discourses on priest abuse scandals and other aspects of zero-empathy either, but you do here. This book is incredibly powerful and socially relevant and certainly something that makes for real Lent reading and would make for an incredibly interesting group experience for that reason. This is the book to use if you want to reach out and consider what it means to be church in our society, what it means to be "Christian", what it means to embody love in the way God and Christ did. This is definitely a book you could use for outreaching a Lent course past the boundaries of your church door. It's also a book you can read outside of Lent, just because you want to read a good book looking at love as it should probably be considered within the church setting, i.e. from the inside looking and reaching out, and from the outside as others look in.
Reviewer: Melanie Carroll (22/01/13)