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Lent One Day at a Time for Catholic Teens


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By Katie Prejean McGrady and Tommy McGrady

Are you looking for a daily Lenten resource for teens that meets them right where they are in life?

Husband-and-wife youth ministry experts Katie Prejean McGrady and Tommy McGrady offer realistic and engaging spiritual guidance for Lent that includes timely topics for teens such as relationships, being your best, competition, control, fear, and forgiveness.

The simple format of Lent: One Day at a Time for Catholic Teens offers depth without complexity and direction without pressure. Each daily devotion is based on a Bible passage that connects with a topic important to teens. A brief reflection helps readers consider the day’s topic through the lens of faith.

Unlike many other Lenten prayer books, each day offers exercises and activities to help teens grow closer to Christ. Optional activities in “Feel Ambitious?” invite teens to read, reflect, and respond to a longer scripture passage that connects to the day’s theme.

Another unique feature is that on Sundays, the McGradys ask teens to choose one spiritual challenge from a short list to focus on throughout the week. Saturdays provide a simple method to reflect and examine how well they did with their Lenten prayer and practices during the previous week.

"Absolutely doable."

"The daily meditations, prayers, scripture readings, and challenges offered in this delightful book are absolutely doable.Whether you can hardly find time for breakfast or struggle with keeping your attention focused for days (or even minutes), this book gives every young person the opportunity to begin Lent with confidence and reach Easter Sunday with a sense of accomplishment, direction, and fulfillment."

Rev. Edward J. Bresnahan
Chaplain at Bishop Ireton High School

"A fantastic read. Every Catholic teen needs to include this book right next to their breakfast every morning or their textbooks on the dinner table at night. It offers a mini-retreat away from a busy day."

Georgie Clemens
Director of Youth Ministry at St. Thomas More Catholic Church

"Meets teens where they are."

"Rarely do you find a resource for teens that meets them no matter where they are in their faith journey. Katie and Tommy deliver with this simple, engaging and powerful devotional."

Christopher Wesley
Marathon Youth Ministry

"Prayerful and practical ways to encounter Jesus."

"Katie Prejean McGrady and Tommy McGrady speak to the heart of the young church and illuminate prayerful and practical ways to encounter Jesus and to grow and live in his love. I can’t wait to share this book!"

Beth Simmonds
Campus minister and theology teacher at Bishop Watterson High School

Author Katie Prejean McGrady is a Catholic speaker and the author of Follow and Room 24. She served as one of three delegates for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to the Pre-Synod Meeting on Young People, Faith, and Vocational Discernment in Rome in 2018.

Author Tommy McGrady is an environmental science teacher at Lake Charles College Prep in Louisiana and a youth minister at Immaculate Conception Church.  He is the author of Life Teen’s Unleashed: Men of Scripture. He has spoken at a number of youth rallies and diocesan events throughout the country.
Together they cohost The Electric Waffle, a podcast about culture and Catholicism. Most evenings, they can be found sitting on their back porch reading, writing, laughing with friends, experimenting with new drink recipes, or watching the dog chase mosquitoes. The couple lives in Lake Charles, Louisiana, with their daughter, Rose.

Paperback, 2019

Teen Bibles and Resources, Lent