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 dipped into at leisure or used on a daily basis, Watch for the Light gives the phrase “holiday preparations” new depth and meaning. Includes writings by Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt, Sylvia Plath, J. B. Phillips, Friedrich Wilhelm Foerster, Henri Nouwen, Bernard of Clairvaux, Kathleen Norris, Meister Eckhart, St. Thomas Aquinas, Karl Rahner, Isaac Penington, Madeleine L’Engle, Alfred Delp, Loretta Ross-Gotta, William Stringfellow, J. Heinrich Arnold, Edith Stein, Philip Britts, Jane Kenyon, John Howard Yoder, Emmy Arnold, Karl Barth, Oscar Romero, William Willimon, Johann Christoph Arnold, Gail Godwin, Leonardo Boff, G. M. Hopkins, Evelyn Underhill, Dorothy Day, Brennan Manning, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Romano Guardini, Annie Dillard, Martin Luther, St. John Chrysostom, Giovanni Papini, Dorothee Soelle, C. S. Lewis, Gustavo Gutiérrez, Philip Yancey, J. T. Clement, Thomas Merton, Eberhard Arnold, Ernesto Cardenal, T. S. Eliot, John Donne, Gian Carlo Menotti and Jürgen Moltmann.
This is not your typical Advent devotional book. Each day challenges readers to recognize and embrace the true meaning of Christmas through the depth of the writings. Obviously the authors of the compiled writings are gifted writers, with great minds. Having all of the writings gathered together in one volume results in a very special book that will result in readers rejecting the commercialization of Christmas and gain a deeper appreciation of the momentous occasion that Christmas is.
It is too easy to get trapped by the hustle and bustle of Christmas. We are so busy shopping and decorating and cooking and cleaning that we don’t take the time to reflect on what we are actually celebrating. The writings in this book are a great resource to redirect our efforts into the true meaning of Christmas.
Not only do we get distracted by the commercialization of Christmas, but it can also be an emotionally challenging time for some. It is a stressful time of the year, and we need to take the time to reflect and give thanks for the greatest gift ever given. This book helps with that as well.
This is the book for anyone who wants to experience a Christmas with more meaning and appreciation than ever before. It would make a great gift and is one that could be read year after year.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Handlebar in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.