By now you have surely discovered the Lent Madness Channel with our weekly webcasts of Monday Madness. Well, friends, there is good news. The book that goes behind the movie is now available. It's only $6.99 for Kindle or Nook (ebook only!). Calendar of Saints: Lent Madness 2012 Edition is the ultimate guidebook for Lent Madness and devotional handbook for the saints of the Episcopal Church.
Back in 1972 (before Holy Women, Holy Men was a glimmer in anyone's eye), Canon David Veal wrote a book for Forward Movement called Saints Galore! It was popular. So popular that it was reprinted and updated a bunch of times, most recently in 2004. Canon Veal write brief devotional essays about each saint in the liturgical calendar of the Episcopal Church. These essays were intended to convey something of God's grace at work in the saints and to inspire us with the idea that God might work in our lives too.
For Lent Madness, Forward Movement decided to update Canon Veal's book. For the most part, we left his good work as it stands, just freshening things up a bit here and there. We added all the saints who have been added to the calendar up through General Convention 2009. And as a Lent Madness BONUS, we added all the saints who are in Lent Madness this year, but who are not in the official calendar of the Episcopal Church. So this is the definitive book if you want to follow along for Lent Madness.
But more than that, this book is an inspiring survey of some extraordinary folks. Each essay ends with a brief prayer. These are not collects, because we don't intend the book for liturgical use, but rather for personal devotional use. Of course, the saints in the 2012 bracket are duly noted.
Saints who appear only in the trial use Holy Women, Holy Men of the Episcopal Church are not included here. We will probably publish a new collection of saints after General Convention later this year.
This is a great way to learn more about the ways in which God's grace can shine in the hearts of faithful women and men of every generation. And it's yours for only $6.99. You can buy it for Kindle or Nook, and ask us if you want it in other formats (besides paper). You buying this won't make the authors rich, but the proceeds will be reinvested in an even bigger, better Lent Madness 2013. Why not buy several copies of Calendar of Saints: Lent Madness 2012 Edition as gifts?