2020 Lenten Study
Based on Mark Nepo's
As Far As The Heart Can See
The 2020 Lenten Study is based upon Mark Nepo's book of short stories, As Far As The Heart Can See. The Lenten Study Guide is divided into four sections 1) On and Off the Path, 2) The Life of Obstacles, 3) Suffering and Loving the World, and 4) The Invitation to Grow.
Each section is comprised of selected short stories from Mark Nepo’s As Far As The Heart Can See, and a Biblical story further exploring the theme of the section. Following each short story, you will find a heading titled Journal Questions. These questions are meant to help you reflect upon the story and the theme of the section. You do not need to journal, but you are welcome to if you so desire. Likewise, following each Biblical story, you will find similar reflection questions. Again, these are meant to help you put the story in the context of the theme of the section. Further, the facilitators of each group will be using, in part, the “table questions” referenced in section one.
Stories are at the heart of the Gospel. Stories are what connect us. Let us journey together this Lent through story.
With over a million copies sold, Mark Nepo has moved and inspired readers and seekers all over the world with his #1 New York Times bestseller The Book of Awakening. Beloved as a poet, teacher, and storyteller, who Parker J. Palmer has called “one of the finest spiritual guides of our time,” his work is widely accessible and used by many. Mark has published twenty-two books and recorded fifteen audio projects, and his books have been translated to more than twenty languages. In 2015, he was given a Life-Achievement Award by AgeNation. In 2016, he was named by Watkins: Mind Body Spirit as one of the 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People, and he was also chosen as one of OWN's SuperSoul 100, a group of inspired leaders using their gifts and voices to elevate humanity. In 2017, Mark became a regular columnist for Spirituality & Health Magazine.