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About the Author

James A. Harnish is the author of numerous books and Bible studies, including A Disciple’s Path, Strength for the Broken Places, Simple Rules for Money, and You Only Have to Die. He is an acclaimed pastor and ordained elder in The United Methodist Church who has led congregations throughout Florida, most recently Hyde Park in Tampa where he served for twenty-two years. In 2014, after forty-two years of active ministry, he retired from full-time ministry and moved to Winter Haven, Florida, where he lives with his wife, Marsha, and enjoys writing, reading, and playing with his grandchildren.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (September 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426751087
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426751080
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #506,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I considered several Advent studies this fall and the excellent price, an expanded book preview at Google Books, and content that's easy and fun to read and theologically-sound, I decided Rev. Harnish's "When God Comes Down" was the way to go.

Our small group (8-12 persons weekly) found this an engaging Advent study. Harnish suggests Scripture passages to inspire the reading before each chapter and leaves the text unpublished so readers can review the short, pertinent passages in their favorite translation. Each chapter is short and accessible (under 10 pages), something to read and digest within less than an hour per week. In fact, one meeting we read a chapter out loud as a group and we had plenty of time for discussion in the hour-long study.

The theology is Scripturally-based, acknowledges its historical context, and is inclusive and relevant for people today. Harnish is a United Methodist pastor and as a United Methodist myself, the "God talk" he presented felt sound to me. That said, I believe this study can be used and enjoyed by non-Methodist just as easily.

Each chapter connects well, referencing each other without relying on each other; this is helpful if someone misses a meeting or doesn't do the reading. Harnish also uses the writings and faith journey of Thomas Merton as a thread running throughout the book to great effect for both those in our group who knew Merton well and others who didn't know him.

The chapters cover excellent themes. I appreciated the study starts with Elizabeth and Zechariah, a necessary part of the nativity story that often gets overlooked in the average Christmas pageant. Their chapter's theme is what it takes to confront situations one cannot control.
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“When God Comes Down – An Advent Study for Adults” is made up of five weekly lessons for the Advent Season. Each lesson includes a Scriptural passage, an opening quote from a noted Christian leader, a devotional reflection, questions for application and discussion, a prayer, and an action focus.

The format lends itself to class room or small group home use. The narrative is inspirational, inspirational, motivational, with stimulating study questions for group discussion or personal reflection, contemplation, and application.

The well documented footnotes provide additional material for possible future reference and reading. All in all “When God Comes Down” is a noteworthy model for many applications for Advent at the adult level. It is also adaptable for inter-generational family use.
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While the gracious theology in this study is quite sound, it's written in "preachable" terms--
not heavy in scholarly language. Thought-provoking without being too complex for discussion groups
at church. Affecting, allows participants to connect with the ancient story right now!
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Highly recommend this study. So many great and inspirational passages by the author, and a fresh perspective. We are already looking for other studies by him that we might be able to do in the future.
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I try to put my hands on a good Advent devotional every year. It keeps me in tune with the reason for the season through all of the growing distractions.

This one is especially enlightening. I also like the references to other materials and spiritual thinkers. In fact, I picked up a collection of Thomas Merton's writings because I liked the sampling of his thinking included in When God Comes Down.
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I'll do this in simple form...

Pros...
Brings some different perspectives to characters in the Christmas story.
Author is orthodox in his theology for the most part.
Steps outside the typical LifeWay style study.

Cons...
Was way too short on substance for our group.
Author takes some leaps in his exegesis.
Really didn't lend itself to group study for our church.

I don't like writing anything other than glowing reviews and I really liked Harnish.
But I have to be honest and say that I wish I had picked a different study because this one required me to do a lot of my own additional study and pull from other resources. If you're a Pastor like me and looking for something that can stand alone content-wise, I'm afraid that this may not be the study for you.

I think it seems like a perfectly good personal or family study, though.
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I gave this a 5 rating as it is an easy read and speaks to how we look at the Advent weeks through the eyes of Mary, Joseph, Elizabeth & 'Zachariah. We celebrate Christmas with beautiful music, decorations and sweet goodies all around...but the true story is that the first Christmas was not as pretty it was a struggle for those who God chose...but they bought the beauty into the world with the birth of "Jesus".
I would recommend this book to book groups of course good advent studies for Church's... It is helping me understand What Christmas is really all about..

The questions are hard to answer at the end of each chapter which is good as makes you think more about what you have read.
I am not done with it yet as my group is using it for Advent Study.
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