Weekly Giveaway: Lent at Ephesus, The Truth about the Sky, and The Faithful Traveler

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Lent at Ephesus (CD)

By Benedictines of Mary Queen of Apostles (Decca, 2014)

About the album:

The critically acclaimed Benedictines of Mary, who have received accolades from USA Today, NPR, ABCs Good Morning America and beyond, now return with their latest release, Lent at Ephesus.

This compilation of poignant chants, intricate harmonies and rousing hymns of glory and redemption includes: O Sacred Head Surrounded, made famous by Bachs oratorios, All Glory Laud and Honor, the well known Adoramus Te Christe and the entrancing Improperia from the liturgy of Good Friday.

Three original pieces are also featured among the generous 23 tracks. Let the vibrant purity of their monastic sound peacefully escort you through the penitential season of Lent.

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The Truth about the Sky

By Katharine Grubb (CreateSpace, 2014)

About the book:

As a Pastor’s kid, Kim has been told her whole life that God can see every mistake she makes. Now that she’s a college dropout, unemployed and in a questionable relationship with a party guy, her mistakes are all the more obvious. (Especially to her demanding mother, who, apparently, thinks wearing jeans on a commercial flight is a sin.)

If only she could move away! Then she could hide from gossip and no one would see her mess up! Kim can’t move to Dallas unless she saves her money, so she swallows her pride and heads back to her childhood church to reluctantly serve as her father’s congregation’s secretary.

Her mother makes it clear, Kim better get her act together. Not only is the church watching her, but Kim is also bothered by her theme obsessed mother; a creepy mortician who wants to court her; a sad, but good-looking music minister (whom she may or may not have been kissing) and her childhood friend, Eddie, who, as a lawyer, has an inexplicable interest in lawn care.

Even if God was in her childhood church, Kim would be too busy and discouraged to find him. Then her father is caught in a scandal — one that challenges her already shaky faith and her dysfunctional family. She has to choose: will she run away from critical eyes to Dallas as quickly as her car can take her? Will she be as critical and condemning as her own family has been to her? Or will she take her brother’s advice and believe, for the first time in her life, that God’s grace is as big as the Oklahoma sky?

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The Faithful Traveler in the Holy Land (DVD)

By Diana von GlahnĀ (EWTN, 2014)

About the DVD:

Diana von Glahn takes an inspirational look at the land of the Bible. From atop Mount Carmel to the Dead Sea, from Bethlehem to Jerusalem, join Diana as she brings to life the history, art, architecture, and theology behind these hallowed sites. Other sites visited include: Nazareth, Ein Kerem, the Jordan River, Jericho, Capernaum, Cana, the Sea of Galilee, Tabgha, Mount Tabor, the Mount of Olives, the Garden of Gethsemane, the Via Dolorosa, Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Dormition Abbey among others! Includes six 30-minute episodes.

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  1. I always look forward to Lent, moreso even than Advent. Lent is a slower pace and I have time to spend in prayer and reflection.

  2. I love Lent. It’s a good time to start over again. The only thing that I dread is feeling bad because I can’t make it to many events at church because of the kiddos.

  3. I’m looking forward to getting my kids more involved with Lenten activities this year. My oldest will celebrate his First Communion on Divine Mercy Sunday so this is an extra special time of preparation for our family this year.

  4. I have already started to prepare for the Lenten journey this year. I feel it’s important to not only give something up, as it is to add something that I been avoiding to my Lenten Offering

  5. I am looking forward to turning down the techno “noise” in our house and increasing the spiritual reading and prayers. Hopefully all of this will lead me closer to Our Lord during His Passion to better share in His Resurrection!

  6. I look forward to Lent because it is a great time to focus on prayer, to meditate on Christ’s ministry and final days. And it leads to my favorite day of the year – Easter!

  7. I don’t dread Lent, because I see it differently than I used to. Lent isn’t about perpetual pain but rather about renewal, purging, and purifying our hearts. I look forward to the ways in which God will beckon me to change my life, in ways both small and large.

  8. I look forward to Lent although it hasn’t always been that way. The last few years instead of just giving up chocolate, I attend Mass frequently during the week. My husband and I have a Lenten book that we plan to do together and pray the Rosary daily. Lent a wonderful time for spiritual growth.

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