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Watch for the Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas Hardcover – September 22, 2014
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The selections are recent and ancient, ecumenical and even secular, with excerpts from Bernard of Clairvaux, Martin Luther, T.S. Eliot, Thomas Merton, and Anne Dillard, to name a few. In various essays, for example, Dietrich Bonhoeffer explores the existential meaning of Advent, Kathleen Norris contemplates what the Annunciation reveals about spiritual virginity, and John Howard Yoder considers the Incarnation as a kind of revolution.
Don't expect a string of Hallmark sentiments, however. The overall tone of the book is rather hard-edged, emphasizing the poverty, paradoxes, and perplexities of the Nativity. Like a clear winter night, it's spiritually bracing stuff, biting and full of mystery.
I am not, generally, enamored with devotional guides. Their simple message often leaves me wanting.
That was not the case with this book, which I received as a gift. Perhaps it was the year. I work for a large retail chain. Two days before Thanksgiving, I found myself loathing the "Christmas Music" being played in the store to create a seasonal buying mood.
In past years Advent was a time for me to contemplate Christ's birth. This past year it turned into a time of contrasting emotions. Eager to reunite with my family, the store's frenzy left me frazzled and indifferent. I lost sight, frankly, of the reason for the season.
For that reason, this book was exactly what I needed. This anthology contained a daily essay from some of the best spiritual writers. Each daily reading gave me a fresh outlook on the true meaning of the holiday season.
Well, maybe I'll amend this review when I'm finished, but I suspect it will only be to give the book even greater praise. Do yourself a favor and read this book. You'll never look at Advent, Christmas, or most importantly, your faith, the same way again.
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One of the best, if not the best, collection of Advent devotional reading I have read. When I had read several of the selections I orderedt copies to give to family members.Published 16 days ago by Betty W. sivas
Excellent Advent devotional collection by a variety of classic authors.Published 17 days ago by david a.
This book is a collection of thoughts on Advent authored by different theologians and other writers. Some very good and thought provoking, some tedious. Read morePublished 20 days ago by MamaTJL
Beautiful, diverse, challenging readings that bring gravity as well as joy to the Advent season. A refreshing deviation from some of the sappier Christian Advent literature... Read morePublished 21 days ago by readerchick
This came quickly and was a good companion for advent. I'll use it again next year.Published 1 month ago by Hirondelle
A lovely little book for people who are Christians, the person I gave this to is thrilled with it.Published 3 months ago by Willa Morgan
I have only read the intro and really enjoyed it. I am so tempted to read this book but will discipline myself to wait for this coming Advent. Read morePublished 6 months ago by lizzy