Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Advent Suggestions

Some books I have in my library, which I have found helpful as devotional guides through the season of Advent:

Watch for the Light

"From Johann Christoph Arnold to Dorothy Day, from Madeline L'Engle to Karl Barth, from Saint Thomas Aquinas to Meister Eckhart, this unparalleled anthology offers wisdom beauty and spiritual nourishment from a wide spectrum of classic and contemporary sources.

Containing a selection for each day of the Christmas season, from the last week of November through the first week of January, Watch for the Light can be read through times of leisure or as a guide to daily devotions. Either way it will give new meaning to the phrase 'holiday preparations.'"

The Christ of Christmas: Readings for Advent

by Calvin Miller

"The Christ of Christmas" invites you and your loved ones to thirty-one deep experiences with God this December, complete with devotional readings and Scripture. These devotions paint the familiar in all its amazement, yet bring its beauty so close to home, you can sense its joyful celebration in everything you do and everywhere you go."

Preparing for Jesus: Meditations on the Coming of Christ, Advent, Christmas, and the Kingdom

by Walter Wangerin, jr.

"In this advent and Christmas devotional, best-selling author Walter Wangerin jr. takes you day by day through the major events and characters leading up to the birth of Jesus. Preparing for Jesus offers a refreshing perspective on the meaning of Christmas, from the first glimmers of Jesus' expected arrival clear through to the visit of the wise kings from the East."

Christmastide: Prayers for Advent Through Epiphany from The Divine Hours

by Phyllis Tickle

Not a devotional per se, this is a collection of prayers and scriptures, or more precisely, an Order of Prayer, to be read and prayed through the weeks and days leading up to Christmas and on to Epiphany. This is not "devotional reading" or "story-telling," these are prayers to be said by the people of God seeking guidance through the frenetic holidays.

In the Days of Angels: Stories and Carols for Christmas

by Walter Wangerin, jr.

This one is at the top of my pile. While not set up as "devotional readings," this collection of stories, poems, and songs has spoken deeply into my heart time and again. Often I pick up a book about Christmas and hope it stirs my soul, more often than not, I am disappointed. Not so with In the Days of Angels. Instead, it dives deeply into the mystery of in incarnation, of Emmanuel, and connects that mystery with the pains of modern life in powerful and evocative ways. While all these books are good, this one is a must.

Accompanied By Angels: Poems of the Incarnation

by Luci Shaw

Last month I heard Dave Kersten say "Every pastor needs a favorite poet." Luci Shaw is my poet. This is a collection of poems she has written over the years, all somehow connected into the life and ministry of Jesus. "Beginning with the joy, terror, and wonder of the annunciation, Shaw leads the reader on a poetic journey through the birth, life, and death of Jesus the Christ, culminating in the joyous and unexpected wonder of his resurrection. Her subjects run from the mundane to the sublime, from birds in flight and waiting old men to fiery angels and storm-ravaged ridges."


1 comment:

MilePost13 said...

thanks for the resources!