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A World Worth Saving

Lenten Spiritual Practices for Action

George Hovaness Donigian • October 2013

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God thinks the world is worth saving. When we are close to God, we too will want to save the world.

For anyone who dismisses Lent as a seemingly endless time of self-sacrifice and introspection, this 6-week study for Lent offers a breath of fresh air. It connects prayer and other inner spiritual practices with outward actions of mercy and compassion.

George Donigian guides you to grow in your prayer life by praying about daily news reports, discovering the needs around you, and responding with love and compassion. You will discover ways to

  • serve others
  • feed the hungry
  • seek justice and fight injustice
  • offer healing
  • extend friendship

The author's conversational style and use of well-known hymn texts will engage you in this energizing Lenten study. This book includes exercises for spiritual growth, questions for reflection, and a Leader's Guide for small groups.


Categories: Lent, Spiritual Practice
George Hovaness Donigian is ordained in The United Methodist Church and a member of the Virginia Annual Conference who ministers now South Carolina. He is also an editorial consultant with an extensive background in publishing: publisher, creative director, acquisitions editor, and marketer. Donigian developed children’s curriculum resources, including Vacation Bible School and after-school materials, when he worked at the United Methodist Publishing House in Nashville, Tennessee. He became managing editor of Upper Room Books and then moved into trade marketing. After a successful five years in marketing, he missed the editorial side of publishing and became editorial director-publisher of Discipleship Resources, a publishing imprint of the General Board of Discipleship of the United Methodist Church. In 2009 he married Mary Teasley, a clergywoman in South Carolina, and moved to the Palmetto State. Between them, George and Mary have six adult children and four grandchildren. Of Armenian descent, Donigian grew up in the family grocery store in Hopewell, Virginia. He worked an assortment of jobs prior to ordination: a sanitation worker on a garbage truck, a press operator in a sandpaper factory, a newspaper reporter-editor, and musician. He also served as pastor of several United Methodist churches in Virginia. Donigian plays saxophone (soprano, alto, C melody), piano, ocarina, the Armenian duduk, and the dumbeg (Armenian hand drum). Sometimes in church.

ISBN: 978-0-8358-1211-5

Kindle ISBN: 978-0-8358-1212-2

EPub ISBN: 978-0-8358-1213-9

Imprint: Upper Room

Pub Date: 20131001

Trim Size: 5.5 in (w) x 8.5 in (h) x 0.301 in (d)

Page Count: 128

BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Holidays / Easter & Lent

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