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Books for Advent

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Open Our Eyes

Daily prayers for Advent

(Book & e-book)

Ann Gerondelis

Open Our Eyes is a welcome accompaniment to the Advent days of anticipating Christ’s birth. Follow its invitation of prophetic prayers and vibrant artwork to watch and wait for the coming of the Holy One. Open your eyes and heart to the wideness of God, and God’s gentle but persistent call for justice and mercy. Prayers and full-colour images are sequenced into weekly themes:

• I am near, so near
• I will lead you
• I am yours
• I am with you always

Return to the book during other seasons as well, to be immersed in God’s presence and to hear God’s call anew.

Ann’s gorgeous art carries me to the intersection of love and justice, where the Word gives birth to new incarnations of peace. This book will stir up our hearts to welcome the Holy One.
Rev. Bradley Schmeling
Senior Pastor, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
St. Paul, Minnesota

In and through arresting images and words, Ann Gerondelis has opened a way to live our Advent days, ecumenically inviting us to attend to the divine/human mysteries. These ‘sketch prayers’ call me to a new and startling Advent solidarity: honest, earthy, beautiful and wise. Take up and pray.
Don E. Saliers
Wm. R. Cannon Distinguished Professor of Theology and Worship
Emory University

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Disturbing Complacency

Readings for the four weeks of Advent


Lisa Bodenheim

Disturbing Complacency does not advocate a ‘cosy’ view of Christmas but rather urges people to use this season to address some of the most important issues of our time. To do so the author makes creative use of quotes from other sources, interspersed with her own perspective on the subjects under consideration.

Lisa Bodenheim, a minister of the United Church of Christ and an Associate of the Iona Community, writes: Let us prepare for the birth of Christ by stretching our faith and disturbing our comfort. Let us ruffle our complacency and develop awareness, a courageous spirit and a security that comes from a deep-rooted faith.

  • Short, structured readings for each day of Advent
  • For group or individual reflection
  • Scripture-based
  • Uses inclusive language and justice-oriented theology
  • Raises faith questions about contemporary issues
  • Seeks to foster a mature, vibrant and progressive Christianity

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Daily devotions for Advent

(Book & e-book)

Thom M Shuman

For several years now, pastor/poet Thom Shuman has written daily devotions for Advent, sending them out through his popular blogs and books.

In this collection of readings for the four weeks of Advent, Thom introduces us to, among others, ‘Dusty the Church Dog’, Mr Pete the ‘Drum man’, and to his son, Teddy, and wife, Bonnie.

In this collection Mary, the mother of Jesus, goes for a contemplative skate on a frozen pond where ‘praises piggyback until her soul topples over’, and John the Baptist tries to explain his purpose to a very perplexed Senator and chairman of the board. These are personal and universal, imaginative and biblically rooted reflections.

Reading one of Thom’s books is like walking and talking with a friend. Someone who understands the fragility and failings of being human (and himself) but who continues to laugh, and to hope and work for the coming of the Light. I can’t think of a better companion to journey through Advent with.
- Neil Paynter

you came
a tiny
lungs screaming for
fingers grasping for
something to hold on to,
your whole being
completely depending on
us (!) to
feed you
change you
clothe you
protect you
love you
and we were

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