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Opening the pages of this book is like entering a holy place. You meet wise teachers through their quotes, comforting and challenging biblical texts, simple words for your pocket, prayers for the heart, and Beth who weaves it all together with her own story so we can approach the manger with an uncluttered heart and kneel. --Larry J. Peacock Executive Director of Rolling Ridge Retreat and Conference Center in North Andover MA

About the Author

Beth A. Richardson serves as the Director of Electronic Publishing for Upper Room Ministries. She began The Upper Rooms web ministry in 1996 with the launch of upperroom.org. A native of Oklahoma, she holds a BA from Oklahoma City University and a MDiv from Vanderbilt University School of Divinity. She wrote extensively for Alive Now magazine when she served as its Associate Editor; and she contributed stories to two volumes of The Storytellers Companion to the Bible. She is an ordained Deacon in The United Methodist Church.
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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Upper Room (August 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0835899942
  • ISBN-13: 978-0835899949
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.7 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #779,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By C. Margocs on December 30, 2009
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Ordered this along with "Sacred Space for the Advent Season 2009-2010". What's nice about "The Uncluttered Heart" is that it's perennial; reflections are organized week-by-week for Advent, then daily from Christmas Eve through January 6th. For group leaders, the second half is composed of a group study guide.

I like the way the author pulls snippets from other writings for each day, pairs them with Scripture, provides some thoughts for reflection, then sums everything up in a short sentence to carry with you through the day. Might be helpful to post those thoughts on sticky notes as reminders...Good resource, and a good buy because of it's timeless use.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on September 13, 2009
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Christmas is one of the most stressful times of the year, and we sometimes end up forgetting the most obvious aspect of the holiday - God. "The Uncluttered Heart: Making Room for God During Advent and Christmas" presents much inspiration for the religious in remembering God and Jesus through this hectic and stressful time. For each of the days of th Advent, author Beth Richardson brings scripture and inspiration to help keep the season holy. "The Uncluttered Heart" is a fine addition to any Christian inspiration collection.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Theodosia I. Cortale on November 24, 2009
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THE UNCLUTTERED HEART by Beth A. Richardson is a wonderful daily guide; it guides us in a gentle and warm way for the coming of the Savior. The thought for the day, the daily scripture, and the concluding comments set a tone for the day. Reading this book gives me an appreciation for the Advent and Christmas season. I love the Advent principles: Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love; I hold them in my heart, and I await the birth of the Christ-child. This daily reading is a must, and I plan to refer to it every year. Thanks, Beth A.Richardson.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cindy C on February 21, 2010
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This is just a lovely devotional for Advent. It truly made a difference in my thinking, reflection and feelings during the holidays. My religious upbringing didn't focus on Advent so the experience of anticipating Christmas in this way was a new and wondrous one. I will use this book for many Advents to come.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 6, 2011
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Today was the final day of "The Uncluttered Heart ..." devotional. It is by far the best advent/Christmas devotional I have ever done. It is nice that it begins with advent and ends not with Christmas but with Epiphany. Each day included an excerpt of inspirational writing from a book, related scripture text, and a short devotion that provided food for thought. I thoroughly enjoyed the devotional and wish that Beth had something similar for the lent/Easter season. I would highly recommend this devotional and intend on purchasing additional books to send to family and friends for use next advent/Christmas season.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By telegrem on December 20, 2010
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I bought 10 copies of this for my small group's advent study, based in part on support it apparently had gotten from some leaders I respect. We range in age from 40s through 80s and usually do scriptural study. Each of us found this book lacking in inspiration, and we all heaved a sigh of relief when yesterday we finally had our last session attempting to make discussion about the week's "lessons." The one thing the book did (aside from unifying us as never before in our opinion of the material) was to help focus us on Advent. But we could have done that without a $13 investment.
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By Teresa Morales on January 8, 2013
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I wanted so desperately to feel the Advent season this year and I needed guidance with prayer. This was nice, but did not really help with finding centering in prayer. This is probably not the book's fault; I may have been asking for too much. But, I found the prayers too short and the stories and anecdotes too superficial to really meditate with them.
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Our church Bible Study group decided to use this book for the 4 weeks of Advent and then post-Christmas. It has been a true blessing to me, personally, and to our whole group. I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking to "de-clutter" their heart during the holiday season. Buy it this year to have on hand for 2012.
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