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The Desert of Compassion

Devotions for the Lenten Journey

Rachel M. Srubas

  • 1/10/2023
  • 066426798X
  • 978-0-664-26798-8
  • Paperback
  • 7-10 days processing

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  • Paperback
  • 160
  • 5.5 x 8.5
  • 7.00 oz

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The Desert of Compassion is the companion I chose for my own Lenten journey — I read just enough to recommend it and am eager to return for a closer and more devotional reading starting Ash Wednesday. The combination of short Scripture passages, stories from the author’s life and poetic prayers speak to what I need this year.” – The Presbyterian Outlook

“Rachel Srubas has transformed my experience of Lent, rearranging my expectations for this sacred season. ‘Compassion flourishes’ in the Lenten journey, she says. And here’s what she means by that: Lent is a compassion practice–a grace-filled path of experiencing and enacting divine compassion for ourselves, others, and the world.”

 —Andrew Dreitcer, Professor of Spirituality and Codirector of the Center for Engaged Compassion, Claremont School of Theology

“Presbyterian minister and Benedictine oblate Rachel Srubas not only resides in the Sonoran Desert but also is immersed in desert spirituality. So, when you choose this desert dweller as your guide for this Lenten journey, you will savor the short Scriptures, hear what a divine voice might be saying, smile at the personal stories, and be lulled into contemplative repose when you dive deeply into Lent.”

 —Teresa Blythe, director of the Phoenix Center for Spiritual Direction and author of 50 Ways to Pray and Spiritual Direction 101

“During Lent we recall Jesus’ sojourn in the desert—a time for generosity, simplicity, and, most of all, prayer. Rachel Srubas’s vivid meditations make the season come alive as she invites us into our own desert places where Christ meets us with a love that will transform our hearts.”

—Carl McColman, author of Eternal Heart and The Big Book of Christian Mysticism

“Rachel M. Srubas weaves a rich fabric of spiritual and psychological wisdom, knitting the personal and communal, inward and outward, ordinary and profound. Each meditation sparkles with a vivid story and masterful metaphor. Over and over, her words led me to depth reflection and contemplative awareness. I didn’t want this book to end. It is one I will return to often and gift to others.” —Marjorie Thompson, author of Soul Feast


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