"Lent is a solemn time," says Chapman. "But it is not meant to be a miserable one." He notes that too much emphasis is often placed on "giving up" something for Lent, while not enough attention is given to growing closer to God. Here he offers a reflection for each of the days of the Lenten season (which excludes Sundays), helping readers to experience not only sorrow for their sins, as is traditional, but also joy as Lent winds into the Paschal season. The reflections are simple and accessible, with the five weeks of Lent organized around the themes of journeys, mountains, light, food and healing. (Feb.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.