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    Walking Backwards to Christmas

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    Using the brilliant, deceptively simple device of telling the Christmas story backwards, Stephen Cottrell helps us encounter it as if for the first time. His approach enables us to get under the skin of a complex narrative, giving insights into its many hours as well as its joys. We begin by seeing through the eyes of Anna, the prophetess in the Temple, who comes face to face with the dazzling light of the glory of God. The story darkens as we find Rachel weeping for her tiny son, slaughtered by the ferocious decrees of King Herod when he realises the wise men have tricked him. One of these, Caspar, asks on finding the baby Jesus, 'Was this what the stars had led us to: the heavens themselves come down to earth?' But a warning dream takes him and his companions far away from Herod's palace and over the mountains. The author continues to lead us in reverse chronological order through the angels' message to the bawdy, awestruck shepherds; the musings of Martha the (so-named) innkeeper's wife, who is uncharacteristically moved to wonder at the child she helps to deliver; the dreams of fearful, dependable Joseph; the joy of Elizabeth in recognising that her longed-for child will prepare the way for the Christ; and the faithful, strong-willed young Mary, whose delight in nature and in God foreshadows the light of life that will be kindled inside her. We then enter the dark, calamitous world of Isaiah, who 'sees all sorts of things he does not readily understand, but faithfully tells them without really knowing what he's telling, except it is from God'; and finally we step into the wilderness to which Moses has fled. But it is here, through the voice calling out of a burning bush, that the great revelation comes: darkness shall be scattered, and light will forever blaze.
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    Waiting on the Word: A poem a day for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany

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    Advent is a season of waiting and anticipation in which the waiting itself is strangely rich and fulfilling. Its focus is on the coming of Christ – in humility in the manger at Bethlehem, in majesty as the fulfilment and finality of all things, and in the countless moments of encounter and transformation in the time between these two great comings in which we live. The other sense we have of the word 'advent' is in the word 'adventure'. 'Let us take the adventure that God sends us,' say the knights in Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur, recognising that the God in whom we live and move and have our being may come and meet us when and where he pleases. Poetry can help us fathom the depths and inhabit the tensions of Advent's many paradoxes: past and future, dark and light, waiting and consolation, emptiness and fulfilment, ancient and ever new. In the spirit of the season, this anthology includes the familiar and adventures upon the new. Malcolm Guite selects and reflects on a poem for each day. The selection ranges from spiritual classics such as Edmund Spenser, John Donne, George Herbert and Christina Rossetti, to new and contemporary voices such as Luci Shaw and Scott Cairns. His own acclaimed sequence of sonnets for great Advent antiphons is also included. This anthology moves through Advent into its fulfilment in Christmas, and on to Epiphany where the choice of poetry is influenced by the stargazing pagan wise men. Here are works by non-Christian poets who seem, nevertheless, to see in the heavens such signs as declare the glory of the Lord.
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    Someone to Believe In: An Advent course

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    Someone to Believe In is an original Advent course based on the classic Christmas movie Miracle on 34th Street. Through discussion of some of the themes and characters of this perennially popular film, the course helps us to think more deeply during the Advent season about the coming of Jesus, and what the Christmas story can teach us about our faith today. The course comprises four weekly group sessions which explore the following themes: – Beginning our walk of faith – Responding to challenges in our faith – What does faith mean when common sense tells us not to believe? – Understanding the gift of miracles Each session includes watching scenes from the 1947 Academy Award-winning Miracle on 34th Street (there are timing references for the DVD) and alternative options to watch scenes from the 1994 version. Each session also includes questions and reflections for group discussion, activities and suggested closing prayers. NB: DVD not included!  
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    The Word was God: Short reflections for Advent

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    Here is a gentle way of walking through the busy days leading up to Christmas. Here is encouragement to slow down and savour the words of one of the best-loved of seasonal Bible readings. Here is refreshment as well as inspiration for sharing the good news of Jesus' birth with others.  
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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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    Real God in the Real World: Advent and Christmas readings on the coming of Christ

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    This book offers a lively, engaging and accessible look at the theme of the Incarnation, the mysterious event at the heart of Christmas, using personal stories, illustrations from popular culture and the arts, as well as daily Bible readings. The starting-point is what the 'Word made flesh' means for us and how the first Christmas should still have an impact on our everyday lives. We will be taken on an absorbing journey to help us recognise the person of Jesus in the people we meet, the conversations we have, and even in our relationship with nature and the arts. By the end of our journey, we will not only recognise Christ in others but also in ourselves, as we model ourselves on him and share his love, compassion and peace with our neighbours, whoever they are and whatever their backgrounds.
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    Feast + Fast: Food for Advent and Christmas

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    Christmas is one of our best loved festivals. During the long dark days of winter, it gives the focus of a celebration to lift our hearts and spirits, and the food that goes along with it plays an enormous part. But the Christmas season isn't just about shopping, parties, presents and over-indulgence. Advent, the period leading up to Christmas, can also be an important time of spiritual as well as practical preparation. In this, Christina Rees's second collection of writings and recipes following Christian festivals, she explores the wonderful season of Advent and Christmas through the themes of Welcoming, Wondering, Giving, Receiving and Celebrating. With spiritual wisdom and recipes to guide us through the festive season (including Christina's original American turkey stuffing recipe as enjoyed and adapted by Delia Smith!), she provides inspiration for fantastic meals for family and friends, and insight for maintaining a fresh and positive perspective in the midst of all the seasonal activities. Feast + Fast – Food for Advent and Christmas is a rich and creative offering, perfect for anyone seeking joy and love that lie at the heart of Christmas.
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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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    The Christmas Creative Retreat Activity Book

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    This book has been designed to be used from Christmas Day to Epiphany. It has been created to help you find moments of meaning amidst the mince pies and re-runs of old sit-coms. Be inspired by the stories of Saints and find peace with the activities. The Christmas Creative Retreat Activity Book offers a combination of meditations, prayers and activities. Some to challenge and some to help you relax and clear your mind and always to encourage you to hear the 'still, small voice'.
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    The Little Book of Advent

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    The Little Book of Advent is an indispensable collection of readings from some of the most celebrated modern-day spiritual writers, with passages specially selected for each day of Advent. These carefully chosen insights come from men and women, lay and ordained, across the denominational spectrum, and their wisdom is combined with both a suggested Scripture passage, and a prayer to make your own. This book can be used either for self-reflection or to spark discussion in groups during an Advent course. It is a volume that will become a treasured part of your prayer life during the run-up to Christmas, and can be used year after year. Canon Arthur Howells is a retired priest, having served all his ministry in the Church in Wales.
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    The Meaning is in the Waiting: The Spirit of Advent

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    This is the first in a series of books commissioned in consultation with John Sentamu. Paula Gooder provides a profoundly biblical guide to the season of Advent and explores its central theme of waiting (something we are not good at in our modern culture) in the company of the biblical characters: Abraham and Sarah who waited for a child, Isaiah and the prophets who waited for judgement and redemption, John the Baptist whose role was to wait in the wilderness until the prophecies he foretold were realised, Mary whose waiting began in pregnancy and continued as she stood at the foot of the cross. Arranged for daily reading, this offers an exquisite meditation on the spirituality of waiting – the active doing of nothing – as a way of enhancing our lives and bringing us closer to God.
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