Saturday, December 04, 2010

Advent books in my quiet time basket


Simply Wait: Cultivating Stillness in the Season of Advent
Pamela C Hawkins
Simple but powerful, really love this one!
"Enter these pages, savor the words they hold out to you, and you
will experience deep quietude and welcoming spaciousness."

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Preparing for Jesus: Meditations on the Coming of Christ, Advent, Christmas and the Kingdom
Walter Wangerin Jr.
His devotionals have depth and grant fresh insight into the all too often taken for granted Christmas story.
He has a "wonderful way of rendering biblical truths in completely new and novel ways, making those truths come alive in emotions, stories, and images."

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God Is in the Manger: Reflections on Advent and Christmas
Dietrich Bonhoeffer
To read Bonhoeffer's perspective of the goodness of God while he awaits execution in a Nazi prison camp is riveting.
"These stirring words are among forty devotions that guide and inspire readers as they move thematically through the weeks of Advent and Christmas, from waiting and mystery to redemption, incarnation, and joy. Supplemented by an informative introduction, short excerpts from Bonhoeffer's letters, and passages from his Christmas sermons, these daily devotions are timeless and moving reminders of the true gift of Christmas."

All quotes from amazon.com editorial reviews
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Jesse Tree Advent Devotional Book
Saving the best for last!
I love this devotional! It is FREE by a downloadable link on this site:
http://www.aholyexperience.com/2010/11/free-jesse-tree-advent-devotional-book/
which is worth checking out and reading even if you don't download the devotional.

I had never heard of a Jesse Tree but it is an ancient Advent tradition where each day focuses on Jesus from stories in the Old Testament! This book offers ornaments to copy and put on a Jesse Tree.
from the site: * The full Bible text of the day’s reading in either NCV or NIV (of course, feel free to read from your own Bible, if you’d prefer another translation.) Readings are selected to begin in Genesis and cover significant events throughout the Old Testament — each story pointing to the coming Messiah. It’s like an overview of the whole span of His Story — leading right up to the climax of the coming Christ!
* A devotional that (humbly attempts!) to be a read-aloud for the whole family – engaging enough for young children and yet meaty enough for teens and adults. (Thank you for grace!) Each reflection endeavors to not only highlight an important scene from God’s epic in time, but to always unwrap more of Jesus, the gift hidden in every story.
* a short, simple action point for the day — “Unwrapping more of His love in the World” — a way to do something together as a family that not only invites the coming Kingdom of God and Jesus’ love into your home and community, but is an opportunity to apply and live out the day’s devotional. It’s like an Advent Calendar that gives back – becoming more like the gift Himself!
* a full color ornament, illustrated by Nancy Rodden and used with permission, to hang on your own Jesse Tree. The very last pages of the book include all of the ornaments in over several pages so you can easily cut each ornament out and creatively mount to your own preferences

So now choose ONE or more and jump right in to make this Advent the best yet!

4 comments:

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Joan Anne said...

"Simply Wait: Cultivating Stillness in the Season of Advent" - I want to read this one.

Thanks for sharing :-)


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