Advent Resources

Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the quick and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen  -The Book of Common Prayer, Collect for the First Sunday in Advent

 Sunday, December 2 marks the beginning of Advent this year.  If you are anything like me and are already anticipating this season of anticipation, I have compiled a few Advent resources that you may want to peruse before the first candle is lit. Since I have small children, I have included a few of my favorite Christmastime picture books as well.  Hope you enjoy.

Advent and Christmas Devotional Readings

Watch for the Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas By selected authors including: CS Lewis, Annie Dillard, Henri Nouwen, Kathleen Norris et al.
God with Us: Rediscovering the Meaning of Christmas By selected authors including: Luci Shaw, Scott Cairns, Emilie Griffin, et al
BEHOLD: Cultivating Attentiveness in the Season of Advent by Pamela Hawkins
God Is in the Manger: Reflections on Advent and Christmas by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
WinterSong: Christmas Readings by Madeleine L’Engle and Luci Shaw
Advent and Christmas Wisdom from Henri J.M. Nouwen: Daily Scripture and Prayers By Henri J.M. Nouwen

Advent and Christmas for Children 

The Friendly Beasts by Tomie DePaola
The Little Drummer Boy by Ezra Jack Keats
The Christmas Story Illustrated by Gennady Spirin
The First Noel by Janina Domanska
Song of The Stars by Sally Lloyd-Jones
Mouse Tales: Things Hoped For: Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany By Ruth L. Boling
Santa’s Favorite Story By Hisako Aoki

As always, we recommend buying from our best-of-the-best bookseller Byron Borger at Hearts and Minds Books. Additional recommendations for Advent and Christmas can be found on Byron Borger’s excellent BookNotes Blog.  This list is from last year but a new one will be coming out soon, I suspect.   Here are his picks for kid books.

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