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Wonderful Advent Activities for the Whole Family
on November 3, 2010
Joy to the World: Advent Activities for Your Family by Kathleen M. Basi [Liguori Publications (July 1, 2010)] is a book of advent readings, activities, and rituals. Published by Liguori Publications, a Catholic publishing company comprised of a "community of religious priests, brothers, lay people, and contemplative nuns," Joy to the World: Advent Activities for Your Family is an effort to "reclaim Advent... to reconcile the secular with the sacred."
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.