Nehemiah has challenged me many ways. The biggest so far is the beginning of a series of publications that I’m talking about as “A New Routine.” I published the third ebook this weekend, this one as a Lent reader (Kindle) (Nook).
Here’s how it relates to Nehemiah. In my Nehemiah email, I wrote about Nehemiah and the 6 routines. In it, we talked about the daily, weekly (Sabbath), and monthly (New Moon) cycles of worship and teaching that Nehemiah practiced as outlined in Numbers 28. Then we talked about the annual feasts, the celebrations that came around once a year. These feasts reminded the people about the important events in their life as the people of God. Passover, Trumpets, Booths, Atonement, Purim. For each of these times, the people stopped and told the story of that day or that festival. In the course of 12 months, everyone was reminded of what mattered.
We have those feasts as well.
- There are the ‘secular’ feasts like the Super Bowl and New Year’s Day.
- There are the national days like Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Victoria Day, and Canada Day.
- There are the ‘interesting’ feasts like (St) Valentine’s Day and St Patrick’s Day. Historically religious, practically not.
- There are family celebrations like Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.
- There are religious feasts like Christmas, Good Friday, Easter, and Pentecost.
- And there are religious seasons of preparation, like Advent and Lent.
There are plenty of marketers that are working with the other feasts. After studying Nehemiah, I’m starting to work on publications that will help us with the celebrations and seasons that help us learn God stories. I’m already doing daily spiritual reminders at 7×7 and here at 300. Anticipation: an Advent Reader came out in December, and Learning a New Routine for the new year.
Now “Lent for Non-Lent People: 33 things to give up for Lent and other readings” is available, in time to be ready for Lent. It starts Ash Wednesday which is February 13.
Here’s a summary.
This book, this journey, is for people like us who aren’t exactly sure why we are looking at Lent books. We just are. We’ve heard about Lent, but we aren’t Lent people. What we want is a relationship with God, and we are wondering whether “giving up something for Lent” might help.
“Lent for Non-Lent People” is a daily guide to prayer, fasting, rest and following Jesus for people who want training wheels for Lent.
Thanks for your patience with this commercial. I wanted to let you know what I’m doing. And why.