Milton Lopes will be at BookExpo America on May 11 – 13, 2016, at the McCormick Center in Chicago, Illinois, to exhibit his book, Lenten Reflections: From the Desert to the Resurrection. Hope to see you there!
Lenten Reflections: From the Desert to the Resurrection by Milton E. Lopes
Available now from Westbow Press, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Read a preview at Google Books
This book is written for those among us who have weathered life’s storms, yet sense a nagging emptiness in their spiritual well-being. Lenten Reflections: From the Desert to the Resurrection is written for those of us who want to be more spiritual. It is divided into four parts. Part One sets the framework for a treatment of the study of our salvation. It is devoted to the historical roots of Lent, its purpose, and its theology. To that end, this section also provides the reader with an overview of the creation story, a discussion of evil and sin, and a summary of the Trinity and the incarnation. Part Two sets the stage for an initial reflection on Lent, while Part Three introduces the disciplines needed to successfully pass through the desert to spiritual wholeness. Four seminal questions are posed: Where are we? What are we? Who are we? Why are we? Answers to these questions set the stage for what many spiritual masters call the purgative way, in which the Twelve-Step Program of Alcoholic Anonymous is suggested as a framework to one’s first steps into spiritual wholeness. At some point in their spiritual journey, the reader moves into what these same spiritual masters call the illuminative and unitive ways. Part Four is entitled “The Agony and Exultation” Here, we join Jesus on the road to Calvary, where he is crucified. We know a mysterious joy as he rises from the tomb. We end our reflections with his departure from his disciples, the coming of the Paraclete, and a new understanding of the meaning behind Jesus’ sacrifice and life on earth.
Whether you are a believer or a non-believer, LENTEN REFLECTIONS is a great book to have in your library. Milton Lopes wrote this book for those who want to become more spiritual in their lives, but it could just as well serve as an excellent reference book on the subject of Christian thinking and theology. This author has put together an impressive work that deserves a wide audience. He begins with a thoroughly researched history of the origins and meaning of Lent, then delivers a substantial review of Christian thinking from Genesis and the origin of evil, onward to the Fathers of the Church, the development of Christianity and even on to what he sees as the connection between original sin and Evolution.
Lopes succeeds in his stated attempt to portray Lent as ” a time to put it all together.” He makes it clear that knowing the “why” of Lent leads to the “how” of Lent. In describing the “how” of Lent, he goes beyond the traditional practices of almsgiving, fasting, and prayer to suggest ways a person can practice corporal and spiritual works in today’s world. For example, he offers that “giving drink to the thirsty” could mean something like supporting clean water programs or that “sheltering the homeless” could mean volunteering for Habitat.
His writing is always clear, intelligent, accessible and sprinkled with illustrative stories and anecdotes. I liked his reflections on the Our Father and his analysis of the spiritual qualities of silence. I especially marveled at the way he focussed on the particular perspectives of each of the gospel accounts of the Resurrection rather than trying to harmonize them.
The book’s bibliography is extensive and the subject index is helpful and detailed.
by Ted Thibodeau at Amazon.com, 11/24/2014