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Preparing for Christmas: Daily Reflections for Advent Paperback – August 29, 2008

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About the Author

Franciscan priest Richard Rohr is founding director of the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He considers the proclamation of the gospel to be his primary call, and the related themes he addresses include eco-spirituality, Scripture as liberation, non-dual thought, the integration of action and contemplation, peace and justice issues, and male spirituality. Author of numerous books, including Things Hidden: Scripture as Spirituality and Preparing for Christmas With Richard Rohr: Daily Meditations for Advent, he gives retreats and lectures internationally. He is a regular contributing writer for Sojourners and Tikkun magazines.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 73 pages
  • Publisher: Franciscan Media (August 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0867168838
  • ISBN-13: 978-0867168839
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 0.2 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #446,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. Coyle on December 16, 2009
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There are many, many Advent books out there, but this is by far the best. Classic Richard Rohr - looking with eyes that really see, drawing you deeper into the mystery, calling you to make your faith a lifestyle and not just a set of beliefs. I have other books for Advent, but each year I decide to do something different, I give up and come back to Rohr, a prophet worth following!
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This small book is challenging. I had already owned one before I ordered more for gifts: those people that are deep thinkers in the spiritual life. I love this book; it needs to be reread again and again. It's beautiful. Some of Rohr's ideas in this book are also in Radical Grace, another good book. The cover of 'Preparing for Christmas' sets the scene: beautiful, wintertime, peaceful, heavenward, a solitary tree, 'Grace-Full'.
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This book is exactly what I was looking for! Written by a priest, I am Catholic) providdes scripture and reflections for each and every day of Advent. I can drop it in my purse or coat pocket; it's a beautiful book.
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We have created a short list of Christmas books that confront commercialism and help you focus on the true meaning of Christmas and this one stands out and deserves to be at the top.

Written by a Catholic priest, this short book contains a number of great meditations that help orient your thoughts each day. It's compact size makes it easy to fit in the briefcase or purse and the thoughts are deep and worth great reflection.

Other books that made our list of Christmas "musts" include: 30 Scripture Readings for Christmas (Year Long Bible Reading Series),A Minimalist Family Christmas, and The Christmas Bus.
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I really enjoyed this little devotional booklet. For such a small package, it packs a wallop! In this collection of devotional thoughts, Richard Rohr calls the participating Christian to remembrance that Christmas not merely a “sentimental waiting for the baby Jesus,” but a very real message heralding the Incarnation of God in Christ. It is my opinion that in this call, Rohr succeeds.

I found the daily reflections challenging and thought provoking. While I read a few reviews that stated the writings weren’t challenging enough, I found just the opposite. There were some instances and days the meditation presented by Fr Rohr was all I could handle; a simple statement for consideration read with an open mind/heart was all that was needed to send me on a soul-searching adventure for the day. Personally, I appreciate such depth and insightful wisdom packaged in concise statements and questions. Sometimes, the less words are used, the better.

The structure and outline of the devotional weeks was very clean and easy to follow. Each week begins with a selection of Scripture texts that follow the Lectionary. All three years are included, so this devotional booklet can be used with any cycle (A, B, or C). The weekdays draw selectively from all of the years, some of them note the cycle they are drawn from and others do not. Rohr ends each meditation with a reflection question that helps to internalize the meditation and make it very personal. This Advent devotional is not about information… it is about transformation.

This will be a great resource for future Christmas seasons. It has everything a reflective sojourner might need for an Advent journey; it has daily meditations, prayers, Scripture readings, and reflection questions to spur deeper thought and introspection.
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I love the writings of Richard Rohr and this is no exception. His reflections are heartfelt and they make so much sense to me. It's a very small, but very powerful booklet. It centers on what Christmas is really about.
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Wonderful little book to prepare for the Holy Christmas season. Much food for thought and thoughts for sharing. Enjoy and share with your friends. Richard Rohr is a great current writer and presents forward thinking for Catholics and Christiansa like.
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I had been searching a long time for a good way to prepare for the Advent season. This little booklet is excellent. Give thoughtful, practical and sound guidance for the season.
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