IFD270 – Reaching Toward Easter
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The season of Lent is about Preparation. It is about getting ready to “enter [God’s] gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise” (Psalm 100:4). Easter celebrates the victory of light over darkness and the reality of the kingdom Christ invites us to explore. Join author Derek Maul and retreat guide Sharon Conley Cottingham as we prepare for Easter with John’s gospel as our framework.
Our eRetreat offers:
- Daily scripture, devotional, and prayer to guide you through Lent
- Optional group discussion weekly with others involved in this eRetreat
- Audio and video recordings of scripture readings and insights from Derek Maul
It is essential to have a copy of Derek Maul’s book, Reaching Toward Easter, for this eRetreat. A 20% discount is available when these books are purchased through the Upper Room bookstore (via phone or online).
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Derek divides his time – unevenly – between newspaper writing, penning magazine features, authoring inspirational books, public speaking, volunteering in his church and enjoying an amazing life with his wife, Rebekah. He writes a number of weekly columns for the Tampa Tribune (as well as other Florida news outlets) and a monthly commentary for The Presbyterian Outlook. His commentary and features have appeared in Newsweek, USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor, Presbyterians Today, Guideposts, and many other print and online publications.
Derek’s first book, GET REAL: a spiritual journey for men was released in 2007; his second book, In My Heart I Carry A Star debuted in the fall of 2008; his latest work – The Unmaking of a Part-Time Christian was released in September of 2009.
Derek is married to Rebekah, a Presbyterian pastor. They have two grown children: Andrew, who works in Bahrain, and Naomi, who lives in Connecticut with her husband, Craig. Their dog, Scout Labradoodle and their cat, Darth Maul, still live at home. Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, small-group ministry, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.