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.
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Table of ContentsEberhard Arnold
Bernard of Clairvaux
Gerard Manley Hopkins
Gian Carlo Menotti
John Howard Yoder
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Watch for the Light is a collection of readings for each day of Advent (November 24th through January 7th) that helps to take the frazzle and stress out of holiday preparations. What we really need to prepare is our hearts—not shopping, gifts, decorations, spending, or greeting cards. Many of these 50 daily devotions deliver a calmness and realization of the deeper meaning of Christmas. One aspect of this book that I really enjoy is that the daily passages are in depth, some spanning many pages. They take only a few minutes to read, but stay in my thoughts throughout the day. I also enjoy the Bible verses and poems throughout. They soothe the soul and feed the spirit just as much as singing hymns and hearing sermons do. (I only wish there were more scripture references.) Author: Multiple Authors Publisher: Plough Pages: 344 I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
I try to read through this collection every Advent, as close to a daily reading as I can. This is a fine collection, ranging from brief meditations to mini-sermons, collected from nearly the entire history of Christian thought. Every year, I find something (usually several somethings) that finds me and speaks to me wherever I am that year. It's not all easy to hear - this isn't just a collection of "Oh how wonderful it is that Christ comes to save us" writings, though some of the gems in this collection are in that vein. But, there are plenty of well argued ideas on how to respond to this revelation. Highly recommended for any thoughtful Christian.Os.
I had the privilege to review Watch for the Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas through Handlebar Marketing. Published by Plough Publishing House, Watch for the Light is full of selected readings for the season of Advent and Christmas, spilling over into the beginning of January to soak in the remembrance of Christ’s coming into the world. The book arrived by mail on November 24, the very first day the readings started. Coincidence? I tend to think it was more Providential timing. I was pleasantly surprised, and a bit curious, when I flipped through the Table of Contents and saw the various contributing authors- Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Madeline L’Engle, Sylvia Plath, among others. This was not my normal Advent collection; I was intrigued. One of my favorite meditations of the bunch is The Divine Dawning, by Karl Rahner. I also thoroughly enjoyed A Sky Full of Children by Madeline L’Engle. Her words and wonderment of the universe always astounds me. The readings were a bit longer in length than I would have thought for Advent; if I didn’t carve out the time I knew I needed to read, I don’t know if I would have been able to get through it all in an efficient manner. And the writing goes deeper than a normal piece, so don’t expect it to be a light read that you can skim through and have a strong understanding of the message. It’s meant for you to slow down your mind and open your heart to the unexpected and supernatural of the season. While I was perhaps not in complete agreement with the theologies of some of the writers, this was a great way to really pause and take time to reflect on the season and what it means to pause and prepare for the coming of the King. I’d recommend it if you’re looking for something outside the norm of Advent readings.
Various authors in their new book “Watch For The Light” published by Plough Publishing House gives us Readings for Advent and Christmas. From the back cover: From the world’s best-loved writers, a reading for every day of the holiday season. Unparalleled both in concept and scope, this new collection of readings for Advent and Christmas offers wisdom, beauty and spiritual nourishment from a wide spectrum of classic and contemporary sources. Containing a selection for each day of the Christmas season, from the last week of November through the first week of January, “Watch For The Light” can be dipped into at leisure or followed as a guide to daily devotions. Either way it will give new meaning to the phrase “holiday preparations.” Advent literally means “Arrival”. For us it is the five weeks from the end of November until the day after Epiphany in January which is the traditional close of the holidays. This time is what is known as the “holiday season”. This is the time for shopping, Christmas and New Year’s parties, gift giving, Christmas movies and other things that capture our attention, make us run around and quite literally exhaust us. That is not really the purpose for the season. What we should be doing is focusing our attention on the coming of God to Earth in the form of a baby. Advent is not purple candles and it does not belong to a denomination it is for all individuals who believe in Jesus. We need to focus our attention on Him. “Watch For The Light” gives us a devotional, by day, for every day of Advent. The first day I went to look at was my birthday. Each day has a a story or poem from a respected author to re-focus our attention on God and away from those things that cause us to be busy and separate from God. It helps to renew and reinvigorate us in our spirits. They are easy reads that do not take much time but the results are lasting. This is one book you will be returning to year after year. It is also a great gift to give to friends and family to help them with their days. I recommend this book highly. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free from Handlebar for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
We have all been impacted by the most significant event the world has ever seen . . . the Advent of Jesus Christ. The word Advent simply means, "to come near." To approach, and remain close. And the First Advent of Christ . . . God himself coming near, and remaining close . . . is "a riddle wrapped in a mystery shrouded in an enigma" that the prophets of old, and the angels in heaven, have been trying to wrap their minds around since it was first proclaimed . . . in the book of Genesis: "And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel." Genesis 3:15 (KJV) Throughout history, some of the finest minds and most brilliant intellects have struggled with this conundrum, and in this book the fruit of their labor has been collected for the rest of us to consider and to contemplate. The title of the book is more than a means of grabbing one's attention, though. It is an invitation to do just that. To open the hearts and minds of seekers of truth, ranging from Aquinas, and Kierkegaard, and Lewis all the way up to Dillard, and L'Engle, and Yancey. To drink from the cup of their thoughts, and musings, and to savor their reflections and conclusions that they have ultimately arrived at. Accept the invitation, during this time of year, to Watch For The Light. Watch for it. Wait for it. Witness it. 5 stars for a work that the world has been waiting for
This book was great! It provides readers with short stories to help them remember the reason for Advent and Christmas and help them slow down and appreciate the purpose of the season.
If you are looking for a great read for Christmas this is it. You can call the Publisher and they will work out a great price if you want to give this book away for Christmas presents. You might also want to look at there book " Bread And Wine Readings for Lent and Easter. These two books are the greatest books to be published on these two themes