Springtime for the Soul

A Lenten Devotional

by Mel Shoemaker



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 9/27/2016

Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 190
ISBN : 9781512757002
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 190
ISBN : 9781512756999
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 190
ISBN : 9781512756982

About the Book

Lent has the historic, root meaning of spring, springtime, and the lengthening of the days. In the days of winter, there is a longing for spring, a longing for the lengthening of days, more sunshine, warmer temperatures, less frost and bone-chilling cold.

Lent is the season of springtime for the soul. That certainly is a positive twist on Lent. Commonly, the first thought that comes to mind is a season of penitence and fasting from Ash Wednesday to Easter. Too frequently, the somber aspect of abstinence, self-discipline, reflection, and introspection has so dominated our observance of Lent that we want Mardi Gras to never end.

Springtime for the Soul: A Lenten Devotional is a series of readings and meditations composed for Christians—God’s holy ones, saints—who are on a quest to grow and gain a greater understanding of our faith. It is my purpose and hope that you will find the daily readings and the meditations refreshing and encouraging, cultivating the crusty winter soil of the heart and germinating new thoughts concerning the essentials of our living faith.

About the Author

Rev. Dr. Melvin H. Shoemaker (MDiv, MPhil, DMin) was professor of New Testament biblical literature and theology in the School of Theology at Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, California, from 1986 to 2005. Previously, he was professor of religion at Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, Indiana. He is an ordained minister in the Wesleyan Church and served as a parish minister for twenty years. He is the author of The Theology of the Four Gospels (WestBow Press, 2011) and Good News for Today: A Lenten Devotional (WestBow Press, 2013) and is a contributor to numerous anthologies, dictionaries, and scholarly journals in biblical literature and theology. Dr. Shoemaker retired in 2005 and now resides in Portland, Oregon.