By Joel Schorn. Though many view Lent through an almost somber lens, author Joel Schorn suggests it can also be a joyful time. He writes, The traditional practices of prayer, fasting, and charity which receive more emphasis during Lent are not penalties but rather guideposts to help us along the way.? Lent is a time of preparation, and Schorn asks: What is God getting you ready for this Lent? He helps guide the reader to an answer in sections titled: Renew your minds and hearts, Serve God and others, and Live your Baptism.?