And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children. Isaiah 54:13 KJV

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Deeper Advent

There are many ways to approach the Advent season. For some this time of year is simply about Christmas. Others try to teach their children the importance of Advent in a light hearted way such as a Jesse tree. For some, Advent is a time to delve deeply into the spiritual significance of Christmas. Christmas was the light-hearted, ho-ho-ho season for me for many, many years. When our children were born, Hubby & I began to strive to teach them the true meaning of Christmas beyond the glitter and presents. As they get older (and we get older!) we have embraced the traditions of Advent slowly.

I received a free copy of this book from Handlebar for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own. 

This year I wanted to do something a little more than the Jesse tree. While we have loved this special ornament covered little tree for the last several years, it felt like it was time to move to something new. I guess with the kids' schedule of 5 performances the first week of December I should have known better! I haven't had the time to talk with them daily about Advent like I had hoped but all of their performances have had a wonderful message about Christmas and the birth of Jesus. I have been reading Watch for the Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas.

This book has samples from Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Martin Luther, CS Lewis, and more. I was excited to see so many amazing authors on the table of contents. I had hoped I could share these readings with the kids but to be honest *most* of the readings are very deep and some are quite long. To be sure, devotions, poems, and excerpts are fantastic but many are far above the interest level of my kids. A few were above my own level! Not really but there are some that would require silence and a lot of concentration to fully appreciate. I love the poems. I love the diversity of the writings and styles. Most of all, I love that each of them point to the beautiful birth of Christ in a most unlikely place. 

If you are ready for a deep, meaningful journey through Advent then this book will certainly start you on your journey. Personally I am looking forward to the slower days of January to spend some mornings curled up with this book and a hot cup of coffee. The glory of the birth of our Savior will be just as sweet in the beginning of the year as it is at the end!

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