Lenten Book Review and Giveaway

holey_wholly_holy-3Dimage-237x300A book of beauty causing me to pause  for deep introspection – But written with inspiration to the reader.

I LOVED this Book – Holey, Wholly, Holy, by Kris Camealy – a friend of mine and am truly excited to share this book with you during this Lenten Season.

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Here is a brief background – written by the author and a great reminder for us to consider:

“The origin of Lent goes back to the time of the
Apostles, and though the acceptable practices of the Lenten
season have shifted over time, the idea behind the 40 days of
Lent stands firm.”

The significance of the 40 days most commonly reminds us of the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness before the beginning of His short ministry on earth. As the church reflects on Jesus’ 40 days in the wilderness, we are called to practice our faith in ways that stretch and bend us beyond what is comfortable.

holeywhollyholy WM4Many times we consider Lent to be the walk to receive an marking of ashes to show the significance of our short time set aside for sacrifice.  The author gives us another side of Lent to consider – Meeting Christ at the altar and allowing Him to give something to us…as He already has.

This book is not a 40 day study of Lent to be followed every day with guidelines and ideas.  It is a journey of self-discovery for each individual.


Here are a few Chapter Titles from the Book

 Holey, Wholly, Holy , written by Kris Camealy





This quote from the author blazes with beautiful Glory:

 “Friends, when life gets really difficult, don’t jump to the conclusion that God isn’t on the job. Instead, be glad that you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner (1 Peter 4:12-13, MSG, emphasis added).

Glory waits, just around the corner.”

My favorite chapter –( although it was so hard to choose just one to focus on), was The Refinement and focus on the accepting this process.HoleyWhollyHoly WM2

While reading through this chapter, I was reminded of our own trials that we call a refining fire, and what God exposed in those moments of falling to our knees.

Here is a  quote from the chapter on Atonement – Wear the Robe:

“Grace overtakes a sin-wrecked life and makes us holy.
I wrestled this grace to the ground and I’m thankful to say that
because I lost, I won. After a hard season of refining, where
God repeatedly revealed my broken places, I couldn’t bare the
weight of this undeserved covering. My shame was too great,
as was my pride.
In humility, we must allow Him to drape it over us. No,
we don’t deserve it. We can’t afford it, for the cost is innocent
blood shed for its purchase—and yet it’s ours for the taking.
What glory! What grace!”

Friends – I cannot even share the impact this book will have on your life in every area.  It can be read all year long, and used as a journal for the Lenten season, or as a journey to draw you closer to Christ.

I wish that I could give all of you a copy of the best book on The Lenten Season I have ever read!

Be sure to enter below and spread the word!  Maybe I will throw in a surprise or two based on participation!

Be prepared – This book will change your life.  Amen!

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  • Reply
    Janet Roth
    February 28, 2013 at 8:13 am

    Sounds like a wonderful book! Without your review, I wouldn’t have thought about even picking it up.

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      Kris Camealy
      February 28, 2013 at 3:19 pm

      Janet, I pray you would be encouraged by the book, if you decide to read it. I think it has something for everyone 😉

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    Stephanie Hanes
    February 28, 2013 at 9:57 am

    I am very intrigued by this book. Having grown up Catholic there was always something special about the Lenten season for me and, since becoming a Christian, I’ve missed some of the traditions of this season. I think there’s something so important in preparing our hearts and remembering what He did on the cross, no matter what denomination you are.

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      Kris Camealy
      February 28, 2013 at 3:19 pm

      Indeed, Stephanie. Lent is not (nor shouldn’t be *just* for people in the Catholic Church. Lent is for all Christians, regardless of denomination. It’s about our hearts, not our tradition.

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    February 28, 2013 at 10:16 am

    I am very interested in reading this book. I grew up thinking Lent was something for only Catholics to participate in.

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      Kris Camealy
      February 28, 2013 at 3:17 pm

      Sharon, Thanks for chiming in. Praying for you as you seek the Lord this Lenten season.

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    Amanda Pausley
    February 28, 2013 at 11:02 am

    I’ve never done anything for Lent. Now at 30 years old and a little further down my walk with the Lord I see the need to celebrate it more clearly.

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      Kris Camealy
      February 28, 2013 at 3:16 pm

      Amanda, I pray that you would find encouragement in Holey, Wholly, Holy. It’s not just for those who are familiar with Lent. 😉

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    Julie Reynolds
    February 28, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Having only recently started observing the practice of Lent, I feel truly blessed to have this resource to keep me ever on my knees.

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    February 28, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Would love to win this book! I haven’t been serious about the Lenten season for a long time and know I need to be!

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    Tracy Smith
    March 1, 2013 at 9:09 am

    I have never practiced Lent before but I’m excited to read the book and learn more about it!

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    Jada Smith
    March 1, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Learning more about Lent this year! The book sounds great! 🙂

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    March 1, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    I’ve participated in Lent for about 4 years. It has been a long journey from legalism, but I feel like there are treasures to be found during Lent!

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    March 1, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    What a wonderful insight into Lent! I don’t usually participate in giving up something for Lent, as like you, I think it is usually only something we can do withoput anyway, eg.chocolate, cake etc.
    You ‘hit the nail on the head’ when you say that we have to think about giving our hearts to the Lord. After all that He went through for us, it is not much to ask. I would love a copy of your book to share with my friends.

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