Coming from a denominational background that might mention Lent but doesn’t greatly focus on it, I’ve not participated in the season much. So this was a pleasantly new area of Christian living for me to dive into and learn more about. Not only is 40 Days of Decrease a devotional for the Lent season, it educates the reader on Lent itself via a small, informative section each day.
Additionally, each day includes:
- a short devotional on a particular aspect of Jesus’ life
- a reflection that prompts the reader to deeper thought and questions
- unique suggestions for fasts (for example, isolation, criticism, comparison, denial, sound, etc.)
- a quote for prayerful inspiration
- a Bible passage meant to read, reflect and journal on
I really like how each day begins with Jesus — real-life examples of situations He went through or ways He lived that are examples for us today. Living in a culture where “increase” and “more” are the common themes to how success is defined, it is refreshing to be encouraged to “decrease” and let “less” become our focus. Alicia Britt Chole uses this book to reawaken Lent as a time for decreasing self and elevating Jesus.
“Jesus lived a truly uncluttered life and died a focused, eternally fruitful death. How I long to follow His example.”
— Alicia Britt Chole
This is definitely a devotional I’ll consider re-reading in future years. It is well-written and well-researched, which gives it a recommendable quality.
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