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Joy to the World: Advent Activities for Your Family Paperback – July 1, 2010
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About the Author
After receiving a Master of Music from the University of Northern Iowa, where she studied with Dr. Angeleita Floyd, she returned to Columbia and served as liturgist for the local Life Teen program for a year, after which she took on the position of director of liturgy and music for Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Columbia, Missouri. She spent four years in that position before choosing to stay home with her children. She and her husband Christian remain deeply involved as volunteer musicians at OLL, leading the parish contemporary group with three "choir babies" of their own in tow.
Kate's articles about faith, family, and liturgy have appeared in several Catholic magazines, and she has also published octavos for assembly use.
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I've been putting words and melodies on paper as long as I can remember, and I even made a recording of some (really bad) songs when I was about ten, using two cassette players to add harmony.
I earned two degrees in flute performance--from the University of Missouri and the University of Northern Iowa--and I met my husband in a church choir. I've worked fast food, retail, on the farm, as a professional musician and a stay-at-home mom. But once I started writing music, fiction and nonfiction, I never looked back.
I have four children, one of whom has Down syndrome. Motherhood has taught me that when something is part of you, it exerts a pull on every other part. This is what it means to live an integrated life. I believe the written word and the sung note should make the world a better place. This doesn't mean pretending that ugliness doesn't exist. The best writing acknowledges the reality of the world without enshrining it as inevitable or desirable. That is what I hope to achieve when I sit down behind the keyboard.
I've been privileged to work with terrific music editors at WLP and GIA. My fiction has made the final round in the Glass Woman (Fall 2011), WOW-Women on Writing Flash (Fall 2013) and WFWA's Rising Star (2014) contests. My work with Family Foundations and Liguorian has won awards from the Catholic Press Association. And my essays have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul and on NPR's All Things Considered.
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My family is not Catholic, although my husband was raised and schooled within the Catholic church, and while at times Ms. Basi does lump Protestant denominations and secular culture together as one, the ideas she presents for reclaiming Advent are good, and can be easily used by families wanting to bring more of the true meaning of Christmas back into the season, Catholic or not. I particularly liked the ideas for the good deeds manger; the list of service, spiritual growth, and homebody ideas for Advent activities; and the simplified readings for instituting a Jesse tree tradition with young children.
I received this book in exchange for my honest review. The thoughts printed in this review are entirely my own. Special thanks to Rebecca Molen of Liguori Publications for sending me a review copy.
Every year when the second week in November comes, I start to think about Advent and Christmas (Like many of us). I resolve to make Advent the spiritual season it was meant to be and NOT to get caught up in the secular, materialistic celebration of the season. This resolve has been particularly paramount the last few years as Andrew has become more aware of Christmas.
Alas, most years I start strong but has the weeks pass I get too caught up in the hustle and bustle of preparing for Christmas, and lose focus. I get harried and rushed and basically just try to survive the craziness. Then Christmas comes and I'm exhausted and wondering where the last few weeks went.
Hopefully, this year will be different since I will be taking a different approach and using this book. Joy to the World: Advent Activities for Your Family is a small, but jam-packed, book that offers a selection of activities and suggestions for making Advent meaningful - and I can hardly wait to get started!
In this book, Kathleen reminds us of the "unique place Advent holds in the Christian calendar" - especially for us Catholics. BUT, she is is practical and shows us how to keep Advent in its place by showing us how to interject the Advent spirit into the many activities and obligations we have in preparing for Christmas. The result is the perfect marriage between the secular and spiritual aspects of the season!
Using traditional Advent activities, Kathleen outlines a daily plan that incorporates a morning and evening ritual, including a "good deeds" manger.Read more ›
Joy to the World: Advent Activities for Your Family is a handy easy-to-use Advent guide aimed at parents of young children. Basically the author, Kathleen Basi suggests that families begin their Advent days by checking an Advent calendar, and then, at dinner, use an Advent Wreath and a Jesse Tree. She also recommends a manger for baby Jesus, a manager the kids fill with straw as they do good deeds. Basi includes several lists of activities that can be done during Advent, from caroling to attending daily mass to baking Christmas cookies.
While Basi herself admits that her ideas are not original, what she is "selling" is the plan, the organized way of approaching the days before Christmas so you can truly celebrate Advent rather than just Christmas Shopping Season. Personally, I can tell you that our family will be using her version of the Jesse Tree. We do it yearly, and while a Google search will give you any number of different sets of ornaments to make or color, what I always have trouble finding is a story to go with each that is short, understandable to young children, and faithful to the scripture. Kathleen's version is all of these.
I'd like to thank Kathleen Basi and First Wildcard for my complimentary review copy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I wanted to add more Jesus into Christmas this year to teach my children that it is more than just Santa and getting presents. This was a great book for young children. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
tiny little book. Not what I expected. Also, written for the Catholic faith. I guess I didn't read the fine print. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
Not a lot of details. I could have come up with a list on my own, I wanted how to, not a list. So very disappointed.Published on December 1, 2012 by Ciskemama
I picked this up when I was checking out selections at my local Catholic bookstore a week or so ago. Read morePublished on November 26, 2012 by Sarah Reinhard
New in our faith, I have been wondering how to bridge "santa" and consmerism with the true meaning of Christmas. Read morePublished on November 20, 2011 by cmoore71
I am pleased with this "book" but be aware that it is very small-it is more of a pamphlet of basic guidelines than an actual book. Read morePublished on December 14, 2010 by A.nonymous
In the first few pages of Joy to the World, author Kathleen Basi writes, "In this atmosphere filled with distractions, the idea of Advent as a season in its own right has been... Read morePublished on December 7, 2010 by Ellen Gable Hrkach