If you're looking for a new Lenten experience, here are forty fresh ideas. Some will challenge you to deepen your prayer life; others will open your mind to new ways to serve others. Each of the forty ways includes a reflection to help you understand more about Lent and why it matters. You'll learn how to have a more creative experience of Lent. You'll discover positive, proactive ways to take action instead of the same old routine of giving something up. The result will be spiritual transformation and a closer walk with Christ—not only during Lent but throughout the year.
Marcellino D’Ambrosio is a world-renowned commentator on religious issues. With a Ph.D. in theology (under Avery Cardinal Dulles), nine years of university teaching, and hundreds of published articles, Marcellino has a wealth of knowledge and knows how to make it accessible for a wide variety of audiences. Known as "Dr. Italy," D'Ambrosio has a popular website, Facebook page, and Twitter feed and appears weekly on a variety of Catholic TV and radio networks. He and his wife have five children. His books include When the Church Was Young: Voices of the Early Fathers.
40 Days, 40 Ways is a breath of fresh, joy-filled air and a bountiful resource for the Lenten season. Filled with innovative and thoughtful devotional practices to help you journey closer to Christ, this book offers the potential to turn any forty-day period into a retreat opportunity.
— Lisa M. Hendey, founder of the CatholicMom blog and author of The Grace of Yes
Without exaggeration, I think Marcellino D’Ambrosio is the most readable, understandable, and enjoyable author in religious thought today.
— Mother Dolores Hart, Abbey of Regina Laudis
Marcellino D’Ambrosio offers the neophyte as well as the seasoned Catholic a potpourri of Lenten reflections that are as engaging as they are practical. If you want to fall more in love with Jesus, then nourish yourself with 40 Days, 40 Ways!
— Victor Galeone, Bishop Emeritus of St. Augustine, Florida
In 40 Days, 40 Ways Marcellino D’Ambrosio has taken me by surprise! He actually has me eager to add to my to-do list and looking forward to forty days of penance. Written in a compelling and engaging style, each daily reflection is packed with quick insight, easy-to-grasp wisdom, and a doable challenge. This book is perfect for even the busiest person seeking to grow closer to God and be created anew.
— Kelly Wahlquist, author of Created to Relate: God’s Design for Peace and Joy
This book is not just a Lent book, though it is definitely that. Marcellino D'Ambrosio has crafted an approach to faith that rocked my world—part treasury, part practical toolbox, and part kick in the pants!
— Sarah Reinhard, author and blogger
Don’t just do something, sit there—especially during Lent. This is the powerful message woven throughout this beautiful devotional from Dr. Italy. 40 Days, 40 Ways offers spot-on suggestions to help even the busiest of Catholics slow down and spend less time in front of a screen and more time with the Lord. Readers are sure to make this devotional their "go-to” book for Lent—and any time they need to reconnect with Jesus.
—Teresa Tomeo, author and media expert