I bought and read this book as I thought it would be good to be my early morning read. Read one story each morning from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday. But I was not able to wait for Easter Sunday because the bible stories and reflections are just short. Not that I read fast or I did not reflect on what Ive read. Its just that the stories from the bible are familiar to me and also because of the fact that this book is Protestant (not Catholic) and so it was interesting for me to know the Protestants interpretation of the bible stories particularly those from the Old Testament.Fasting and Feasting.
Thats the Lenten season according to this book. We Catholics fast only for 2 days: Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. We also abstain (meat-free) during those days and all Fridays of Lent. Its just that, like so many of Catholic practices and teachings, this abstaining from meat seems like something that has seen its usefulness especially for the vegetarians or those who if given a choice, wont eat meat (like me). I think it is better to abstain from something that you are fond of doing. I have a friend for example who does not post anything on Facebook during the whole of the Lenten season.
But since I am not fond of posting on Facebook, that one does not work for me as well.Feasting. This books reflections on the bible stories centers on the different foods in the bible. From slaughtered animal and farm produce that Jacob and Esau offered to God to the falling manna from Heavento the Israelites on their way to the Promised Land. Towards the Holy Week, the stories in New Testament like the multiplication of loaves, the Wedding at Cana and the Last Suppers foods are also mentioned here. If fasting is for Fridays, feasting is for Sundays of Lent including Easter Sunday.This is an okay book.
Nice to read during Lent especially if you are a Protestant and you want to go back to the Bible each day of the Lenten season.