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Joy to the World: Advent Activities for Your Family Paperback – July 1, 2010
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Kate's introduction to liturgical music came at an early age, when she was a "choir baby" in her home parish in Moberly, Missouri. She began playing flute with the parish folk group in the 7th grade. While studying flute performance with Steven Geibel at the University of Missouri, she joined the music ministry at the local Newman Center, where she developed a deep love of liturgy and liturgical music.
After receiving a Master of Music from the University of Northern Iowa, where she studied with Dr. Angeleita Floyd, she returned to Columbia and served as liturgist for the local Life Teen program for a year, after which she took on the position of director of liturgy and music for Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Columbia, Missouri. She spent four years in that position before choosing to stay home with her children. She and her husband Christian remain deeply involved as volunteer musicians at OLL, leading the parish contemporary group with three "choir babies" of their own in tow.
Kate's articles about faith, family, and liturgy have appeared in several Catholic magazines, and she has also published octavos for assembly use.
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Every year when the second week in November comes, I start to think about Advent and Christmas (Like many of us). I resolve to make Advent the spiritual season it was meant to be and NOT to get caught up in the secular, materialistic celebration of the season. This resolve has been particularly paramount the last few years as Andrew has become more aware of Christmas.
Alas, most years I start strong but has the weeks pass I get too caught up in the hustle and bustle of preparing for Christmas, and lose focus. I get harried and rushed and basically just try to survive the craziness. Then Christmas comes and I'm exhausted and wondering where the last few weeks went.
Hopefully, this year will be different since I will be taking a different approach and using this book. Joy to the World: Advent Activities for Your Family is a small, but jam-packed, book that offers a selection of activities and suggestions for making Advent meaningful - and I can hardly wait to get started!
In this book, Kathleen reminds us of the "unique place Advent holds in the Christian calendar" - especially for us Catholics. BUT, she is is practical and shows us how to keep Advent in its place by showing us how to interject the Advent spirit into the many activities and obligations we have in preparing for Christmas. The result is the perfect marriage between the secular and spiritual aspects of the season!
Using traditional Advent activities, Kathleen outlines a daily plan that incorporates a morning and evening ritual, including a "good deeds" manger. The suggestions are simple; and yet, if we allow them, we may find ourselves deepening our relationship with the Lord - which is the purpose of Advent.
Besides the myriad of suggestions, there are two things I particularly appreciated about this book. First, is the reminder that in Advent we focus on BOTH of Christ's comings: His birth and His second coming at the end of the world. And second, is the explanation of the Jesse tree. I've heard of the Jesse Tree, but it wasn't a tradition in my family growing up so I never understood what it was about. Now I'm looking forward to starting this tradition in our family. :)
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.