Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Book Review: Watch for the Light- Readings for Advent and Christmas

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge, from Handlebar Publishing, , for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

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And now for a compilation that is perfect for the season...

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Though Christians the world over make yearly preparations for Lent, there's a conspicuous lack of good books for that other great spiritual season: Advent. All the same, this four-week period leading up to Christmas is making a comeback as growing numbers reject shopping-mall frenzy and examine the deeper meaning of the season.

Ecumenical in scope, these fifty devotions invite the reader to contemplate the great themes of Christmas and the significance that the coming of Jesus has for each of us-- not only during Advent, but every day. Whether sampled at leisure or used on a daily basis, Watch for the Light gives the phrase "holiday preparations" new depth and meaning.

Includes writings by John Donne, Meister Eckhart, Dorothy Day, T. S. Eliot, Gustavo Gutiérrez, Eberhard Arnold, G. M. Hopkins, Martin Luther, Edith Stein, Thomas Aquinas, Dorothee Soelle, Philip Yancey, and others.


There are 40 essays and poems, for each day of Advent and Christmas, from November 24 to January 7th, so it actually takes you to Epiphany. If you have no idea what to get your pastor/priest, or religious friend, THIS is the book to get them! The authors range from popular theological writers to classic writers, to historical writers who influences our thoughts on religion. They are not quick devotionals, but meant to really make you think about the season, the reason for it and changes that need to be made,

Todays reading is from John Howard Yoder (an American theologian and ethicist best known for his defense of Christian pacifism, who died in 1997) and focuses on The Original Revolution. It is a very appropriate topic, as 'revolution' is a hot topic right now with politics, race relations and authority relations at a perilous peak. But the revolution Yoder is talking about is the one that Jesus brought forth- the good news. The gospel.Yoder discusses how that word has been tied to 'revolution' wrongly, and the difference between the words, and our history of Christian belief. It is a very interesting chapter, and one that will give you pause.

This is a wonderful read, and I highly recommend it for family discussion, teen and adult bible classes and for gift giving!

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