Our temptation in this era of self-fulfillment is to dismiss humility as a relic of the unsophisticated past. Yet for centuries, Christians have considered it a key component of a healthy spiritual life, and the journey toward humility to be one and the same as the journey toward Christlikeness.
The beauty of the Lenten season is that it encourages the development of a humble heart. Structured as an individual Lenten retreat, Simplifying the Soul presents daily readings from Jesus and the desert fathers and mothers, along with a meditation focused on a specific activity that can be carried out that day. Many of these activities come straight out of Catholic tradition, but others are adaptations of old wisdom woven into contemporary life (cleaning out a junk drawer, walking instead of driving, etc.) All are designed to lead to conversion of heart and a transformed life.
“This is the most moving, most appealing, and, at the same time, most practical book I have ever seen on the Lenten practices.”
(Phyllis Tickle, author of The Great Emergence)
“Huston offers herself as a lively companion in a Lenten practice stripped of cliches. Join her–it might be the simplest and liveliest Lent you have ever kept.”
(Eugene Peterson, author of Pastor: A Memoir)
“Though the book is cast, as the subtitle indicates, as a Catholic preparation for the holy season of Lent, the lessons she presents us on spiritual discipline are broad and ecumenical, generous and inviting.”
(Nick Owchar, Los Angeles Times)
“Paula Huston’s new book is very much like the author herself: wise, compassionate, friendly, inviting.”
(James Martin, S.J., author of The Jesuit Guide to [Almost] Everything)