Join Tom Wright on a journey with the Apostles, exploring the New Testament themes of thankfulness, patience, humility and joy.
Within each of these themes, Wright offers a week of daily readings and meditations, beginning with the Sunday reading in the Revised Common Lectionary and ending with stimulating questions for personal reflection or group discussion.
Drawing on key passages in his popular For Everyone series of commentaries, these sparkling reflections take you on a journey of spiritual enlightenment, guiding you towards the wonder and joy of Christmas.
As a priest, married to a vicar, with four school-age children, Jane Maycock is all too familiar with the struggle not to be engulfed by busyness in the run-up to Christmas. As a result, the reflections she has written here are engagingly infused with real-life happenings, even as they invite us to stop and consider what Advent really means.
Drawing on the insights of biblical authors, poets such as Robert Southwell, and contemporary hymn writers including Timothy Dudley-Smith, this lovely book presents a series of windows through which we can explore the main ideas surrounding the season. We are taken through the themes of wilderness and of God’s choice, and examine the place of conflict and confrontation in Christian faith. We look deeply at the familiar nativity scene and at the idea of the second coming.
Underpinning Windows on a Hidden World is the conviction that we are bound up in an intimate relationship with a God of love. And as we take a little time out – from 1 to 25 December – to explore the Advent landscape in these daily readings, we will be encouraged to respond to the wonder of God’s tender nearness with hope and joy.
A collection of forty-one devotions, from the writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, that guide and inspire readers as they move thematically through the weeks of Advent and Christmas, from waiting and mystery to redemption, incarnation, and joy. Supplemented by an informative intorduction, short excerpts from Bonhoeffer's letters and Christmas sermons, and a Scripture passage these daily devotions are timeless and moving reminders of the true gift of Christmas.
This treasury of prayers and reflections for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany is, in the words of Margaret Silf:
An invitation to walk a path with a difference ... and to walk it 'barefoot' because this journey will put you in touch with your own lived experience. It is a trail marked out in poetry, which will lead you both beyond yourself and deep within yourself.
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.