Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Turning Around: Daily Lenten Reflections with The Message + Giveaway

I am one who likes to utilize a new devotional each year as I journey through Lent.  This year, I will be using Turning Around: Daily Lenten Reflections with The Message published by ACTA.  One of the things I like about a devotional like this is that each reflection is relatively short, which will fit perfectly into my morning prayer time which already includes the Liturgy of the Hours.  There are reflection questions, along with a scriptural reading and reflection.  It also is nice and thin, making it easy to carry around with me.  I look forward to praying with this resource beginning on Ash Wednesday.

A little more about this devotional:
In this day-by-day booklet you will find short passages from The Message: Catholic/Ecumenical Edition, a new Bible translation that talks just like we do. The words practically jump off the page, inviting us into conversion, prayer, action, and a recognition of God’s great mercy.

Combined with Ann Naffziger’s insightful reflections and practical action steps, they make a wonderful resource for your Lenten journey this year.

ANN NAFFZIGER has written articles in the field of spirituality and scripture for America,CommonwealThe National Catholic ReporterSpiritual Life: A Journal of Contemplative SpiritualityCelebration, and other publications. She writes a regular scripture column She has an M.Div. from the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University where she is now an adjunct faculty member, as well as an M.A. in Biblical Languages from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. She has a background in parish ministry, hospital chaplaincy, and spiritual direction. Ann and her husband, Paul Canavese, are co-directors of, which provides resources for coaching parents to form their own children in the Catholic faith. They now find themselves attempting to translate the gospel message to their daughters, 8 and 5, who regularly ask complicated biblical questions.

Paul at The Pastoral Center has provided me a few copies to offer you, my fine readers.  So, the first five people who email me with their name and address will receive a free copy.  I am sorry, but this will have to be limited to the US and Canada.  ****This offer is now over, since all copies have been given away.***


Tim H. said...

I have nothing to say about this post. I did however, just listen to the blog theme song - most excellent!

Paul Canavese said...

Agreed! Wow... just wow.

TS said...

You or your readers might be interested to hear that the editor of the NJB has a book out called "Introduction to the New Testament". Looks interesting.