- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Upper Room (September 29, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0835811123
- ISBN-13: 978-0835811125
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #954,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Silence and Other Surprising Invitations of Advent Paperback – September 29, 2012
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Sit for a while with Zechariah and Elizabeth. Feel their longings and doubts, and then witness their surprise as an angel tells Zechariah that they will finally become parents in their old age. See what happens when Zechariah dares to question God's messenger. What blessings emerge from his time of silence? In this imaginative approach to the Advent story, Okoro leads you to reflect on the meaning of waiting, living with the unknown, and trusting God.
About the Author
Enuma Okoro is a writer, speaker, and retreat leader. She graduated from Duke University Divinity School and served as director of the Center for Theological Writing there. She is the author of *Reluctant Pilgrim: A Moody, Somewhat Self-Indulgent Introvert's Sesarch for Spiritual Community** and coauthor, with Shane Claiborne and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, of *Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals.** Okoro's work has been featured on *Good Morning America**'s Spirituality page and in *The Christian Century.
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This small book has a separate reflection for each day and then a weekly "Personal Reflection" to help the reader prayerfully mediate on the key elements of the past week.
Enuma spends a number of days reflecting on Zechariah and Elizabeth. I particularly appreciated this as she suggested some different alternatives to what the average Biblical commentary sometimes offer. One aspect I found very enlightening was her perspective on the purpose of their seclusion during Elizabeth's pregnancy. This gave both of them time to further marvel on God and as a result on ending their seclusion immediately began praising and worshipping Him. This sums up the purpose of Advent: on Jesus coming into this world we are to be boldly praising and adoring Him.
This was a very good study and I was pleased to have completed it. Reflecting on Jesus requires stillness and time. Enuma writes in an unhurried, quiet style that enhances the reading experience.
The format of the book, with both thought-provoking writing and prompts for reflection allows each reader to enter into the moment. It encourages each person to allow the meditations to flow through their life, and to see anew the implications of not only the story presented, but the interplay of such within life today.
The author's wisdom led me to a few "ah ha" moments and to many questions and imaginings of my own. I have had enthusiastic conversations with my husband, who is a minister, about the thoughts expressed by Ms. Okoro. I hope that she has another book for Lent.
I'll be re-reading this one every year.