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    Haphazard by Starlight: A poem a day from Advent to Epiphany

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    Advent is celebrated when the year is becoming darker and colder, moving into the death and dormancy of winter. Before we can greet the coming of the light, we need to engage with some themes that are challenging and occasionally fearful. Like the Magi who travelled a long distance to search out and adore the infant Jesus, and who took some wrong turns on the way, we too have a journey to undertake before we find that we have 'Walked haphazard by starlight straight into the kingdom of heaven.' (U.A. Fanthorpe, BC:AD) Haphazard by Starlight is a companion volume to Janet Morley's bestselling Lent book, The Heart's Time. Here the reader is given the opportunity to engage in a pilgrimage of the heart, through Advent and Christmas to the feast of Epiphany. Each day, from 1 December to 6 January, offers a poem (sometimes explicitly Christian, sometimes not) and an accessible commentary that is both critically informed and devotional in intent.
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    In This Light: Thoughts for Christmas

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    Christmas should be a time of peace, togetherness and celebration; yet it can leave all too many of us feeling overwhelmed by loneliness, stress and worry. In This Light is a timely collection of thoughtful meditations, The Most Revd Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, leads contributions from celebrities, business leaders, athletes, politicians and others, whose names you might not know but whose stories you will come to love. Alan Titchmarsh, Sally Phillips, Bear Grylls, Afua Hirsch, Bishop Michael Curry, Secretary John Kerry, Dany Cotton, Elif Shafak and Sally Lloyd-Jones – among others – offer their thoughts and insights as we reflect on this time of year. In a world that often seems in turmoil, these personal essays invite us to remember and rejoice in the true, timeless spirit of Christmas.
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    In Touch with God: Advent Meditations on Biblical Prayers

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    The Archbishop of York's Lent Book for 2017. Make this Advent a time to refresh and enhance your spiritual life by reflecting on some of the greatest prayers in the Bible and the people who prayed them. Abraham, Moses, Hannah, David, Isaiah, Mary ... This sequence of twenty-five inspiring meditations looks at how our forebears in faith turned to God, both in times of trouble and time of joy and celebration.
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    Journey to the Manger: Exploring the Birth of Jesus

    Journey to the Manger explores the New Testament's various accounts of the birth of Jesus: their origins in Old Testament prophecies, the genealogies, the angelic announcements, the journeys and arrivals, and the aftermath of Jesus' birth for the powerful and the poor alike. Although many biblical scholars have puzzled over historical details in the accounts, Paul Gooder argues that doing this risks missing the point. The birth narratives, she writes, 'are about the mind-blowing, brain-boggling truth that the God who shaped the universe into existence was prepared to be born as a tiny, vulnerable baby ... This God chose a ludicrously risky means of redeeming the world he loved so much.' Engaging seriously with biblical and historical criticism, Paula Gooder uncovers key similarities running through the Gospel writers' accounts and focuses on their profound and shared understanding of the significance of the events they describe. For preachers looking for fresh inspiration, and for congregations and readers who have become so familiar with the Christmas stories that they have lost some of their impact, Paula Gooder opens up the stories heard year after year in churches, carol services and school nativity plays, to reveal fresh and striking insights. Devotional reflections on the biblical narratives make this ideal for personal study, while questions for group discussion will be welcome aids for study groups and the detailed exploration of the texts a goldmine for preaching and teaching.
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    Comings and Goings : Retracing the Christmas story through place and time

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    Life involves many 'comings and goings', as we make our way along the path of faith day by day, guided by God's Holy Spirit. This book of readings for Advent and Christmas invites us to make a journey through time, from the end to the very beginning of all things. The daily reflections work backwards from the traditional Advent focus of the 'Four Last Things'- death, judgement, heaven and hell - via Jesus' life, death and resurrection, to come at last to the incarnation and the events commemorated at Christmas itself. In the following days, the focus turns to Christ as the Word of God, present at the dawn of creation. Along the way, we 'visit' some of the actual Holy Land sites associated with Gospel events, drawing new insights from the familiar stories.
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    Freedom is Coming: From Advent to Epiphany with the Prophet Isaiah

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    'Comfort, O comfort my people. . . In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord.'The second part of the book of Isaiah rings with proclamations and prophecies that find their fulfilment in the Gospels and are still being fulfilled by followers of Jesus today. In Freedom is Coming! Nick Baines invites you to think about what it meant for people in Isaiah's day to be living in exile, and how the prophet encouraged them to keep their faith alive despite the apparent hopelessness of their situation. At the same time, this book helps you to see the connections between Isaiah's time and ours, and how his vision of God's truth and justice spreading throughout the world can comfort, challenge and inspire God's people now, just as it did back then. Read this book and find out how you too can become a 'light to the nations' as, once again, we approach the celebration of Christ's birth and the new world that God has promised to bring into being.
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    Keeping Advent and Christmas: Discovering the Rhythms and Riches of the Christian Seasons

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    While popular traditions of celebrating Christmas are an integral part of our shared culture, less is known about how other days of the Christian calendar at this time of year are observed and celebrated. Which prayer led to the creation of the Christmas pudding?Why is St Lucy remembered during Advent? What is the meaning of `boxing' on St Stephen's Day? Does Christmas really last until February? Leigh Hatts' comprehensively-researched book helps us to rediscover the Christian-based, seasonal customs buried deep within our culture and church life. Keeping Advent and Christmas is packed with fascinating details about the beliefs, rituals and traditions of liturgical days between `Stir-up Sunday' (the Sunday before Advent Sunday) and Candlemas (the official end of the Christmas period, on 2 February).
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    Wake Up for Advent!: The Archbishop of York’s Advent Book, 2019

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    'It is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.' St Paul's words of encouragement to the Christians in Rome are the springboard for the Archbishop of York's Advent book for 2019. Basing his reflections on the readings and prayers in the Book of Common Prayer, Archbishop Sentamu offers fresh spiritual food for the Advent journey - pressed down, shaken together and running over.
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    Lighted Windows: An Advent calendar for a world in waiting

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    The world waits... – sometimes holding its breath in fear of what tomorrow may bring, sometimes in a haze of busyness or boredom, in which we hardly know what we are waiting for. Yet still we wait in hopefulness. The birth of a baby invariably stirs deep wells of hope in the human heart. Perhaps in this generation, things will get better. Perhaps this child will make a difference. As we approach the Christmas season we prepare to celebrate the coming to earth of someone who really does make a difference. In this season, the 'windows' of our human experience can change from rows of faceless panes, perhaps grimy with dirt, into lighted windows that open up new possibilities and coax us into a place where rejoicing might be possible. The journey mapped out in this book is an invitation to look into some of these lighted windows, and discover a few reflections of what we wait and long for – reflections of God's guidance, his call to trust him and live by his wisdom. Each window seeks to bring familiar scripture into focus with everyday living, encouraging us to enter right into the place where God is coming to birth, and to make the experience of Bethlehem our own. And finally, the windows become doors, through which we are sent back to a waiting world to share our personal experience of God-with-us.
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    Longing, Waiting, Believing: Reflections for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany

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    In the excitement of the weeks before Christmas, it is all too easy to overlook the fact that Christians have, down the centuries, regarded Advent as a season of penitence, a time of prayer and preparation for the great feast of the birth of Jesus, just as Lent is a season of preparation for Easter, when we remember his death and resurrection. This book of daily Bible readings and reflective comment covers the weeks from 1 December through to Epiphany on 6 January. As well as considering the well-known events of the nativity story, it looks back to those who prepared the way – the patriarchs and prophets of the Old Testament and John the Baptist and Mary the Mother of Jesus in the New Testament. The book explores the traditional Advent focus on the 'four last things': death, judgement, heaven and hell. Rodney Holder shows how these sombre themes have their place in the build-up to the celebrations, because of another historic aspect of Advent: reflecting on the second coming of Jesus, when he will return, as Lord and King rather than a helpless baby, to set the world to rights.  
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    Multicoloured Christmas

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    Multicoloured Christmas is an A5 (14.8x21cm) sized book and contains sixteen colouring pages which are all based around Christmas themes.
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    Multicoloured Seasons

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    A collection of sixteen images to colour based around the Church Year, two images for each season starting at Advent, then Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Ascension, Pentecost and Harvest with mediations on the reverse of each image.
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