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The Advent of Relationship Paperback – November 3, 2017
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A Treasure Chest of Truth
I grew up in a church culture that never observed advent celebrations so am amazed by this 60-page book. I had never considered so completely the purposes for Jesus’ advent to earth. T. J. MacLeslie lists as a foundation for advent, our relationship with God, something we’ve all lost and broken. IF advent’s foundation were likened to a huge treasure chest, each gift in that box could represent a precious jewel. Each of these twenty-five listed ‘jewel’ gifts can be appreciated on a succeeding day of the advent season. However, after the blessings of studying each' jewel,' (after the twenty-fifth one), I highly recommend that readers return to the beginning of the book and ‘polish’ those jewels again. And again. And again. They are well worth that kind of attention. Some of these ‘jewel’ advent gifts may sound familiar, although T. J. writes with his particular and encouraging slant. Others of the advent gifts will be unusual and new. All contribute to our relationship with God.
“I have. I have experienced geographic distance, as I have lived across the sea from my family and friends. But I have also known what it is to be physically close but a million miles away in the heart.
“Relationship is the root and trunk of the universe. God designed and created us for life with Him. We are hard-wired for relationship. But we messed up. Both corporately and individually we have made mistakes (some of them wilful) that have broken our relationship with the Community that is our Trinitarian God.”
In what areas of your life are you aware of God’s nearness?
How might you cultivate broader and deeper awareness of Him?
As you approach Advent, is there anyone with whom you need to seek reconciliation?
T.J. MacLeslie is the author of several books I've reviewed for the missions newsletter I manage. This one is a devotional which includes only glancing references to cross-cultural ministry. I think, however, our readers will appreciate its portrayal of many of the dynamics of walking with the God who took on flesh... and living out our faith in relationships.