It’s time to get ready for Advent and Christmas. It may seem a little early to some but with Celtic Advent beginning November 15th, it really is time to figure out what we want to do during the season. Last year I added this list of Advent image books to our resource lists. This year I wanted to add a new collection to our list of resources – Advent devotionals.
There is an overwhelming array of devotionals out there but I have several go to gems that I love to return to each year. This year (not surprisingly) I am supplementing them with our Godspace Advent/Christmas devotional cards. As well as that I asked my Facebook friends what they would suggest and they came back with a number of delightful sounding books that I have added to the list. Just remember – I have not read most of these devotionals and they are contributed by people with a very diverse theological background – which is part of what I love about my Facebook friends. They really are a very diverse community.
Amy Robinson: Image of the Invisible.
A Redemptorist Pastoral Publication: Advent and Christmas with Thomas Merton
Bud Holland: Advent Presence: Kissed by the Past, Beckoned by the Future
Crossan and Borg: The First Christmas
David Cole: Celtic Advent
Dietrich Bonhoeffer: God is in the Manger
Enuma Okoro: Silence and other Surprising Invitations of Advent,
Heidi Haverkamp: Advent in Narnia!
Gayle Boss: All Creation Waits: The Advent Mystery of New Beginnings
Henri Nouwen: Advent and Christmas Wisdom
Jan Richardson: Sacred Journeys
Jean McLachlan Hess: Journey to the Manger with St. Patrick and Friends.
Jim Bishop: The Day Christ was Born
Lucy Rycroft: Redeeming Advent (partly but not exclusively for busy mothers)
Madeleine L’Engle and Luci Shaw: Wintersong.
Michael McKay and Claire Brown: Keep Watch with Me: An Advent Reader for Peacemakers
Paula Gooder.: The Meaning is in the Waiting,
Richard Rohr: Preparing for Christmas
Trystan Owain Hughes: Real God in the real world
Walter Brueggemann: Celebrating Abundance
Wendy Wright: The Vigil
- Lean Towards the Light this Advent & Christmas bundle
- Lean Towards the Light Advent Retreat Online
- Advent Prayer Cards – 1 set
- Advent Prayer Cards – 3 sets
- Advent Prayer cards digital download
- Advent in a Jar – free downloadable activity
- Color Your Way Through Advent and Christmas – A free downloadable coloring book for the season
- A Contemplative Service for Advent
- Advent Activities for Families and Kids
- Resources for Blue Christmas
- Getting Ready for Advent/Christmas Worship Resources
- Advent Candle Light Liturgy
- Liturgy for the First Sunday of Advent
- Celtic Liturgies for Advent by John Birch
- An Advent Prayer by Walter Brueggemann
- Make Room – An Advent Prayer
- Helping Kids Give Back This Advent/Christmas
- Music from a Rich Array of Traditions
- What On Earth Are the O Antiphons
- Celebrate with Simplicity this Christmas
- Choosing a Scripture Reading Plan for the Coming Year
- Advent meditation videos by Christine Sine
- Lean Towards the Light – Another Advent Video by Christine Sine
More Free and/Or Downloadable:
Toward Christmas – An Advent Reflection (free & downloadable from Anglican Overseas Aid Australia)
Brenda Griffin Warren Celts to the Crèche (Celtic 40 days of Advent free online Devotional)
If this list does not provide what you are looking for check out the 30 suggestions that Paul Neeley has on his website.
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