Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Watch For the Light (Readings for Advent and Christmas)

Book Description:  It's hard to go wrong with 40 essays and poems from theological writers such as Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Dorothy Day, Madeleine L'Engle, Martin Luther, Kathleen Norris, Henri Nouwen, Philip Yancey, Karl Barth and Síren Kierkegaard. These are not frivolous, feel-good Advent readings; they are deep, sometimes jarring reflections, many with a strong orientation toward social justice (other authors include liberationists Leonardo Boff, Gustavo Guti‚rrez and Oscar Romero). "The love that descended to Bethlehem is not the easy sympathy of an avuncular God, but a burning fire whose light chases away every shadow, floods every corner, and turns midnight into noon," explain the editors. This collection, born of obvious passion and graced with superb writing, is a welcome even necessary addition to the glutted holiday bookshelves. 

My Thoughts: In our crazy world of commercialization, at the holiday season, it's nice to have a peaceful respite, a place to go for recharging.  
This Christmas season we chose this book, Watch for the Light, to read at Advent and through the Christmas holiday season.  We were not familiar with many of the authors but found new insight in reading from people we had never read from before.
These are not cutesy, little stories that small children would understand but they are more "meat and thought" that teenagers and adults may enjoy.
Beginning with November 24th and through January 7th there is a reading selection for each day.
Some of the readings/stories are quite long...for example, December 5th (p.82) The Shaking of Advent by Alfred Delp is about 13 pages in length but quite interesting.  
These writings make one think and delve into a deeper part of the heart as we watch for the Light of Christmas.  The true meaning of His love for our lives!
This is wonderful hardback book, perfect for gift giving and for your daily devotions this Christmas season.

*This book was provided for review by Handlebar Marketing*
  • Paperback: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Orbis Books (September 9, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570755418
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570755415

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