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"Susan Hines-Brigger has a way of making every day of Advent relevant….It made me look forward not just to Christmas, but to Advent as well!" --Judy Zarick, author of Moved by Faith: Stories From American Catholic Radio


"The suggested activities are affordable, doable for a busy family, and focused not only on creating meaningful fun for the family but, as importantly, reaching out to the community beyond." --Elizabeth Bookser Barkley, author Life After Death: Practical Help for the Widowed, professor, and chair of the Department of English and Modern Languages at the College of Mount St. Joseph

About the Author

SUSAN HINES-BRIGGER is managing editor of St. Anthony Messenger, for which she writes the “Catholic Mom Speaks” column. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband and four children. She writes “Too Tired to Blog.”
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Franciscan Media (September 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616364920
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616364922
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #744,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Sarah Reinhard VINE VOICE on November 26, 2012
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I'll be honest: many of the review Advent books I've gotten have gone in my recent weekly giveaways. I just don't have time or inclination for them all. (And why not share the wealth?)

This one was headed for that pile, but sorry about your luck...I opened it.

And was astonished.

Delighted.

Possibly even looking forward to using it. (This is saying something, people.)

It's a full-color booklet, with a page for each day of Advent. The introduction promises, "This little book will help put Advent in a better Catholic perspective" and I would heartily agree.

Each day has a scripture verse and a short reflection. Then there's a "Talk Together" question, a prayer, and...and these are actually pretty cool...an activity.

A beautiful and awesome resource for Advent. I'm hoping there's one for Lent, too!
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A Catholic Family Advent, by Susan Hines-Brigger, overflows with out-of-the-box suggestions whose content and format are bound to appeal to Christian families of all varieties.

The book is formatted in two-page spreads, one for every day from the first Sunday of Advent through Christmas. Each spread features a passage from scripture, reflection, discussion question, prayer, and activity. Colorful graphics symbolize modern and traditional practices. Even the youngest children can listen, pray along, and work on the activities with some help from parents. Those in upper elementary school and beyond will be able to participate more fully.

Activities over the 29 days are geared to all levels of ability and interest. At home, the family can spend an evening by candlelight, prepare and serve a family dinner honoring its own holiday traditions, create ornaments and cards, and choose secret "buddies" to honor in various ways. Samples of ideas for reaching out include donating or raising funds for a charitable organization and bringing comfort to persons in need. The ideas here are sure to generate "spin-offs" that will become family traditions for future generations.
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The book started to fall apart after reading it just two nights. I mean the cover is no longer attached to the spine and pages are falling out. ALSO they have one activity for the 2nd friday in advent where they say.... "Write your children a note from Santa commenting ...." This is not acceptable.. my 7year old son likes to read our nightly devotionals to us but now i am scared to let him see this book because I don't want him to find out about santa like this.
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I was so excited to finally have a good Advent "guide" for our family, this year. Prior to this year, I'd just taken bits and pieces from online sources, but having a book with everything we were looking for contained within would have been much better. I'll first say that the contents of this book were exactly what we were wanting. It's efficient, yet thorough, and thought-provoking for parents and kids, alike. My kids (ages 7 and 17) and I most enjoy the "talk together" aspect. What provoked me to give it just three stars was the fact that, by the first Tuesday of Advent (so, three days in) the pages had started separating from the binding. We've tried to hold it together, but by the end of the first week, the entire collection of pages have come away from the binding. I will continue using it, and will save it for Advent seasons to come, but will have to hold it together with a rubber band or glue it back together myself (which I don't want to do because from past experience, it can ruin pages). So, bottom line is, the content is exactly what we wanted and the cover is pretty, but the quality in constructions leaves a lot to be desired. :(
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I thought this book was ok at best. I thought it would have a little more to it; there are reflections and discussions but some of the discussions had nothing to do with the reflections which I thought was confusing. I don't know if the discussions were mainly just to be a conversation-starter but again, the reason why I bought the book was to help my children "go a little deeper" during Advent. This book seemed to just skim the surface of what Advent is about. We don't give kids much credit these days. They can go a lot deeper than we give them credit for.
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pages fall out very easily. I returned the first item, and the same thing happened with the second. Pictures are nice, and my kids are interested in it. I like the short prayers. The content is a little fluffy.
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I purchased this book to supplement our current family advent activities. The book binding did fall apart within a day of owning it (As other reviewers pointed out). This appears to be a materials/production issue that the publisher should investigate.

The content is just "okay". It definitely provided some additional prayers, thought, and activities to our current advent practices. My child is younger and some of the thought and activities are a little more advanced than I had hoped for complete family involvement (i found that it was just my husband and me participating most of the time). It may be better in a few years to fully engage our family.
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