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40 Days to Set You Free from Sin
Author: Ken Kniepmann
Foreword by: Bob Schuchts
Trim size: 5 x 7 inches
Imprint: Ave Maria Press
On-sale date: January 5, 2018
Based on the popular spiritual healing program designed by Bob Schuchts and the John Paul II Healing Center, Lenten Healing offers a twist to traditional Lenten fasting: instead of giving up chocolate, give up your sin. This daily Lenten devotional offers a unique approach to fasting, helping you reexamine the psychological and spiritual roots of sin in your life while sharing reflections and prayer exercises for overcoming sinful habits and acquiring virtuous ones.
Lent is the ideal time to identify and address "spiritual blind spots"—unacknowledged emotional wounds and false ideas that hinder your prayer life and worship.
During each week of Lent, Ken Kniepmann of the John Paul II Healing Center breaks open one of the seven deadly sins (pride, lust, gluttony, sloth, anger, envy, and greed) and its corresponding virtue (humility, chastity, abstinence, diligence, patience, kindness, and liberality). You'll start by learning about the sin and how it manifests itself in daily life and thought patterns. Then you'll move into reflection and prayer exercises that guide you through the process of renouncing that week's sin and resolving to adopt that week's virtue.
Fasting, the practice of giving up pleasures or comforts, allows us to grow in holiness by putting our desires to a kind of death. Obvious examples include giving up a habit such as a favorite food, sleeping in, or late-night TV—but what happens when you try to give up your sins while recognizing the deeper reasons you commit them in the first place? By seeing those connections and praying specifically for God's insight, healing, and revelation, you’ll be able to experience God’s mercy and love to a greater capacity.
Kniepmann helps you see how the depth of Catholic teaching is connected to your daily life. Sin isn't just an activity; it is a place of the heart (the interior life) and the movement of the heart (toward or away from sin) as related to thoughts, beliefs, and emotions. By the time Easter arrives, you'll possess a deeper understanding of sin and emotional wounds as impediments to intimacy with God and come away with tangible, practical tools for addressing those impediments in your life.
"A trustworthy guide."
"If you desire greater freedom and happiness in your life but haven't known how to find it, this book will be a trustworthy guide."
From the foreword by Bob Schuchts
Author of Be Healed
"A simple and helpful understanding of the human person."
"A simple and helpful understanding of the human person and the effects of sin and grace in the human heart. Anyone who embarks on this forty-day journey in faith can expect to be led by the Holy Spirit and grow in self-knowledge, healing, and with God’s grace, freedom from sin."
Most Rev. Andrew Cozzens
Auxiliary Bishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis
"An opportunity to deepen our vision of what it means to be loved by God."
"Lenten Healing expands our concept of Lenten fasting from obligation to awakening. Through this approach to the Lenten disciplines of fasting and prayer, Ken Kniepmann offers readers an opportunity to deepen our vision of what it means to be free, whole, and loved by God."
Catholic singer, songwriter, and musician
"Inspiring, deep, and healing."
"I have no doubt that Lenten Healing will be of great help to people desiring freedom and restoration in Jesus Christ. The meditations are inspiring, deep, and healing. This book will lead you to encounter God's personal love for you and give you the courage to face and let go of what holds you back from living the abundant life in him."
Sr. Miriam James Heidland, S.O.L.T.
Catholic speaker and author of Loved As I Am
"This is a devotional we should all journey through."
"If you are anything like me you have dealt with some type of repetitive sin or behavior, something you desired to be free from. Ken Kniepmann in Lenten Healing unpacks the roots of sin, the power of grace, and the reality of freedom we have in Christ. This is a devotional we should all journey through."
Catholic speaker and author of Rethink Happiness
"Ken Kniepmann does an amazing job of leading us on a guided Lenten retreat into the 'super-structure' of sin—the interior tangled web of past wounds and the complicated response of our hearts toward sin as a medication for all that mess—with illuminating force, accessing God's grace and healing all along the way!"
Executive director of evangelization and catechesis
Archdiocese of Oklahoma City
"Brilliant and profound."
"The integration of prayer, emotional healing, and growth in Christian virtue in Lenten Healing is both brilliant and profound. If you want freedom from the deeper places of your sin and from the hurts and wounds that drive sin, read this book and allow Jesus to heal you and set you free."
Rev. Mathias Thelen, S.T.L.
Pastoral Administrator of St. Patrick Parish