Liguori publications approached Shortal last spring about writing the book. Shortal agreed and was given 30 days to write it.
With a bachelors degree in theology from St. Louis University and a masters degree in pastoral studies from Aquinas Institute of Theology, St. Louis, Shortal was up for the challenge, but wanted families to be able to relate to the lessons she covered in the book.
"This is a book about the readings that we hear in church and how they are significant in our lives," she said. "I wanted to make it accessible and practical."
Shortal says even though the book is about Lent, it is not strictly for Catholics.
Shortal also said the readings in the book are self-contained so it is not necessary to have a Bible nearby.
Shortal served for 19 years as director of liturgy and music at St. Francis Xavier College Church and eight years as pastoral associate at St. Francis Borgia Church in Washington.
"Live Lent at Home," is available for purchase at Liguori.org.
A Spanish copy of the book is available as well.