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Over the last few years, I’ve come to believe that the 40 days leading up to Easter can be some of the most life-giving, perspective-changing, hope-filled days of the entire year—not just for me, but for you.

This is the moment in the church calendar when we get to prepare our hearts and minds for the resurrection of Jesus at Easter. Past years have plunged me into the Gospels, silenced my prayer life with shocking results, and exposed the layers of contempt in my heart. (You can read about those here).

Three years ago, we read the entire Bible during Lent. Two years ago, we read the entire New Testament. Last year, we read the Gospels. Tens of thousands from around the world responded. We were wonderstruck as pastors, churches, parents, kids, coworkers, and friends dove head first into the great big story of God.

That intense time of Bible reading is transformative spiritual discipline for me.

After much prayer, I’d like to invite YOU to join me in reading two powerful books of the Bible this Lent: Luke and Acts.

I’m sensing a nudge to discover the beauty of Jesus and the Church that I may fall in love all over again. Luke tells the story of Christ in star-studded joyous detail. Acts shares the story of the birth of the church and the apostles with that same wonder and awe.

I believe in these 40 days that God wants to speak to you and I through Scripture.

I believe he wants to use this time to speak. To heal. To restore. To awaken. To renew. To stir God-given dreams and hopes in our hearts for our community, our churches, and those around the world.

We live in a time of great uncertainty. Just like those who graced the pages of Luke and Acts.

My prayer is that during this time we will become awakened to Jesus and His bride, the church in a way that empowers us to live out our faith in more radiant way.

Click here to download the free Lent 2016: 40 Day Bible Reading Guide here.

To download this FREE PDF, click here, enter your email address, and the guide will be emailed to you. If you already subscribe to MargaretFeinberg.com, your guide is in the sidebar of each day’s email (click on the picture).

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Even if you can’t read through Luke-Acts, will you commit to dive into one of the Gospels, study an Epistle, or just read the red words of Christ?

To celebrate this 40-Day Bible Reading Challenge, we’re giving away 2 copies of The NIV Bible: Journal Edition. To enter, simply tell us what Scripture you hope to explore during Lent through a comment on this blog.

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The NIV Bible: Journal Edition provides the perfect way for you to keep a journal of your spiritual life right inside the Bible you read and study each day. With sophisticated covers found on the finest journals, this single-column journal edition with lightly ruled lines in the extra-wide margins and thicker cream paper lets you align your notes with specific verses.

I’m counting down the days until February 10!