Maybe it’s because it’s a cold, lazy, snowy (and somewhat miserable) February day in Michigan. Or maybe it’s because the 40 days of Lent are upon us. Or maybe I just needed some quick inspiration near the end of a long day where I spent five hours in phone meetings. Whatever it was I found myself drawn to the cover of a new book on my desk: A 40-Day Spiritual Workout for Catholics by Bob Rice.
If I was looking for inspiration I found it looking through this short book of thoughts and prayers and suggestions for an active response to God at work. The challenge is to spend 40 days growing closer to God. Commit to taking some time every day to pray and connect with God. After 40 days it will become a habit, a part of your life. You’ll find some spiritual muscle being built up. Using the concept of a physical workout, Rice encourages us to engage for 40 days with God. The possibilities are endless!
Here are a few gems I found while flipping through:
Rice has a way of using simple language in a manner that ignites my heart—perfect for a lazy afternoon. In physical training we talk about “feeling the burn” as we work our muscles. As I read this book my thought is “feel the fire,” the fire of God’s love burning its way more deeply into me as I engage with him.
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