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It's that time of year when we remind you of our Advent resources to help you in your planning for that festival. We do have a new book for Advent coming very soon, but in the meantime we have a look at some of what is already available.

Photo © David Coleman


Some Advent books

For all Advent and Christmas books

For all Advent and Christmas e-books

For all Advent and Christmas short downloads


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Doing December Differently

An alternative Christmas handbook

(Book and e-book)

Nicola Slee & Rosie Miles

Explores how people of faith and goodwill might mark the midwinter season and the Christmas festival with integrity and simplicity. How can we include others and celebrate difference without putting us all under intolerable strain, or perpetuating false and oppressive myths of the ideal family life? How might we acknowledge our connections with family members, friends and others who are significant to us, in ways that are life-giving and joyful, rather than compulsive and draining?

In addressing such issues and questions, this book presents personal stories, reflections on the origins, diverse meanings and customs associated with Christmas, and liturgical and ritual resources that can be adapted and used in the home, in group gatherings and in church settings.

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version


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Candles & Conifers

Resources for All Saints’ and Advent

(Book and e-book)

Ruth Burgess

A collection of seasonal resources – prayers, liturgies, poems, reflections, sermons, meditations, stories and responses – covering the weeks from All Saints’ Day to Christmas Eve. Includes liturgies for an outdoor celebration with fireworks, a Christingle service and a longest night service, as well as Advent candle ceremonies, personal prayer practices, a series of responses and blessings and a cats’ Advent calendar.

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version


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Light of the World

Daily readings for Advent

(Book and e-book)

Peter Millar & Neil Paynter

Advent is a special time in the Christian year. In our troubled world, which is also a world of extraordinary possibility and creativity, we need such times more than ever. Times to renew our soul so that our lives may express a deeper compassion and a more joy-filled awareness. May these readings enlarge your hope, and bring you to Christmas morning with Christ’s light steadily illumining your path.

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version


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Disturbing Complacency

Preparing for Christmas


Lisa Bodenheim

Short, structured readings for each day of Advent, not advocating a cosy view of Christmas but rather urging us to use this season to address some of the most important issues of our time. The author says: ‘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.’

For more information and to see a sample


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The Jesse Tree

Daily readings for Advent

(Book and e-book)

Thom M Shuman

Reflections for the season of Advent based on those people who might only be mentioned once in the Bible (in the lineages in Matthew and Luke) – the women, the prophets, the exiles who, while not linked to Jesus genetically, nevertheless passed on their spiritual DNA to him and to us.

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version


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