2023 Lenten Study
The Imaginary Doorway
ABM’s 2023 Lenten Study is now available to order
Each year, ABM provides Lenten Studies to the church across Australia. This year we are delighted to offer you, “The Imaginary Doorway”, written and illustrated by Stephen and Vanessa Daughtry.
“The Imaginary Doorway” is designed for groups and individuals, and sheds new light on some of the great stories of the Gospel, from the perspectives of the people Jesus encountered. A combination of evocative story, fine art, challenging reflections, and questions, these studies are designed to draw you closer to the person of Jesus during the 40 days of Lent.
Last year’s ABM studies sold out long before Ash Wednesday, and we encourage you to order early to ensure you can be part of this new, Australian, missional, and art-rich encounter with Jesus.
You can order your copies now from www.intothedesert.org. Copies are $12 each, plus $11 postage, no matter how many copies you order.
“ABM-A has once again given us some great resources for Lent…. I found the imaginative reflections on the gospel passages really powerful. The reflections gave me new insights into the experience people had with the life-giving love of Jesus, and I am sure the discussion starters will lead to rich conversation. I commend the Imaginary Doorway as part of your Lenten journey and I am grateful to ABM-A for its provision.”
Archbishop Geoff Smith, The Primate of the Anglican Church of Australia and Archbishop of Adelaide.
"This study is a grace filled embodiment of the Gospel of love and inclusion. The exquisite artwork offers a profound partnership with the text, carrying us deep into the heart of God. Whether this study is for group use or for private devotions through the Season of Lent, be prepared to be touched and changed - for the better."
Bishop Denise Ferguson
"Complimenting Vanessa’s evocative images, Steve takes the gift of human imagination seriously, inviting us to experience scripture in a new way - with the authentic potential for new revelation. ABM studies encourage the people of God in their faithful reflection and strengthen their capacity to turn reflection into action for justice.”
Archdeacon Sophie Relf-Christopher
"A wonderful gift to the Australian church… Steve brings these stories of encounters with Jesus vividly alive with his sharp and engaging prose, and Vanessa likewise with her striking artwork. The result is a uniquely Australian Lenten series that is evocative and provocative, creative and thoughtful, engaging and down-to-earth. I recommend them highly for those seeking to reconnect with Jesus' life and practice of inclusion and generosity."