Simplifying the Soul

Lenten Practices to Renew Your Spirit
Author: Paula Huston

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Format: Paperback

Publication date: November 14, 2011

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Award-winning author and Benedictine oblate Paula Huston invites readers to de-clutter their minds, hearts, relationships, and souls in a book of daily Lenten practices woven from the gospels, the Desert Fathers, and the author’s own wealth of spiritual experience.

“What are you giving up for Lent this year?” It’s the expected question amongst Christian friends each spring. In Simplifying the Soul: Lenten Practices to Renew Your Spirit, Huston asks her readers a deeper, alternative sort of question: “How will you rid your life of excess this Lent?” She encourages readers to see Lent as a time to seek out silence and free themselves of “stuff” and to acknowledge the connections between what they pray about and what they do.

With honesty, vulnerability, and grace, Huston challenges readers to move outward and act, showing them how everyday actions like cleaning out a junk drawer, giving away something no longer used, or spending fifteen minutes in silence can be surprisingly powerful ways of experiencing a more meaningful Lent and a simpler life. Whether cutting up a credit card, visiting someone at the hospital, or forgiving someone with whom they are angry, readers experience, under Huston’s gentle and expert care, how such practices lead to a more authentic Christian faith.

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Pages: 192

Trim size: 5 x 7 inches

ISBN: 9781594712692

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

  • “The perfect thing.”

    Simplifying the Soul is the perfect thing for those ready to clear out their cluttered lives and return to a humbler way of living.”


  • “A holy retooling.”

    “This is the most moving, most appealing, and, at the same time, most practical book I have ever seen on Lenten practices. A verbal retreat that invites both the soul and the body to a holy retooling.”

    Phyllis Tickle
    Author of The Great Emergence

  • “Lenten practice stripped of clichés.”

    “Huston offers herself as a lively companion in a Lenten practice stripped of clichés. Join her—it might be the simplest and liveliest Lent you have ever kept.”

    Eugene Peterson
    Author of Pastor: A Memoir

  • “Wise, compassionate, patient, friendly, inviting.”

    “Paula Huston’s new book is very much like the author herself: wise, compassionate, patient, friendly, inviting.”

    James Martin, S.J.

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