- File Size: 128 KB
- Print Length: 49 pages
- Publisher: Patheos (November 7, 2011)
- Publication Date: November 7, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0064T8R42
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Discovering Advent: How to Experience the Power of Waiting on God at Christmastime Kindle Edition
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Dr. Robert's concern isn't necessarily the various methods of how we celebrate Advent, but he argues that the main point of Advent is, "growing into a deeper, truer relationship with God. It's sharing our yearning and hope with our community of faith. It's getting in touch with our need for a Savior and our yearning for the kingdom of God. In Advent, by putting ourselves in the place of those who centuries ago, longed for a Messiah to set them free, we get our hearts ready to be renewed by the good news of Christmas: `Joy to the world, the Lord has come!'"
Mark Roberts includes the explanations of some traditions to enhance and appreciate Advent and Christmas, as well as various resources and liturgies to enhance your worship with prayers, Scripture readings, and songs. I like the tenure of this little book - he's not dogmatic and doesn't take anything away from whatever traditions we already celebrate - he simply gives some good reasons for and ideas of how we can enhance our celebration of Christ during December and the beginning of January.
The largest negative I found in Robert's work was the ease with which he wiped away concerns about observing a non - Biblical celebration, building a bit of a straw man in his argument. I realize his concern to offer pastoral advice, and not being able to say all things to all concerns, but coming out of the Reformed tradition, I do wish he had been a bit more nuanced in how he made his case here.
Largely, his hope is to convince those of either low church, Reformed, or non - liturgical traditions to observe Advent. By doing so, he hopes, in part, to diffuse many of the culture wars over Christmas, by being Biblically counter cultural with his focus on Advent before Christmas.
His actual helps, towards the last third of this book, are a useful introduction for families and other church groups to appreciate the Biblical longing and hoping for the coming of Christ. This last section is pastorally written and direct in its application of the gospel message for the coming of Christ.
Here, in this brief introduction, Mark helps the wary protestant (or better yet, the way-too-consumeristic-Christian-Christmas-Celebrator) to find wisdom that makes both the holidays and life more simple, more spiritual and more sane.
This is a little book to treasure.
His "December Miracle" happened while waiting in a crowded line at Costco during the busiest time of the year. Like a lot of us who are impatient , he never liked waiting . He explains how the certain family tradition that christians have always enjoyed can have a lasting impact but we have to discover it for ourselves . Discovering Advent: How to Experience the Power of Waiting on God at Christmastime is an interesting piece on advent that will help prepare to receive Jesus Christ into our hearts and allow us to live the meaning of Christmas more deeply .
Mark Roberts leads us on a helpful and pragmatic review of the Season of Advent. Practical, real, and contemporary, this guide will help you understand and follow an ancient tradition, one of the great celebrations of the Christian Faith. I highly recommend this book!
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