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Watch for the Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas

by Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Contributor)

Other authors: St. Thomas Aquinas (Contributor), Karl Barth (Contributor), St. John Chrysostom (Contributor), Bernard of Clairvaux (Contributor), Jane Tyson Clement (Contributor)23 more, Dorothy Day (Contributor), Alfred Delp (Contributor), Annie Dillard (Contributor), John Donne (Contributor), Meister Eckhart (Contributor), T.S. Eliot (Contributor), Gerard Manley Hopkins (Contributor), Soren Kierkegaard (Contributor), Madeleine L'Engle (Contributor), C. S. Lewis (Contributor), Martin Luther (Contributor), Thomas Merton (Contributor), Jurgen Moltmann (Contributor), Kathleen Norris (Contributor), Henri J.M. Nouwen (Contributor), J. B. Phillips (Contributor), Sylvia Plath (Contributor), Archbishop Romero (Contributor), Dorothee Soelle (Contributor), Edith Stein (Contributor), Evelyn Underhill (Contributor), Philip Yancey (Contributor), John Howard Yoder (Contributor)

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Though Christians the world over make yearly preparations for Lent, there's a conspicuous lack of good books for that other great spiritual season: Advent. All the same, this four-week period leading up to Christmas is making a comeback as growing numbers reject shopping-mall frenzy and examine the deeper meaning of the season. Ecumenical in scope, these fifty devotions invite the reader to contemplate the great themes of Christmas and the significance that the coming of Jesus has for each of us - not only during Advent, but every day. Whether dipped into at leisure or used on a daily basis, Watch for the Light gives the phrase "holiday preparations" new depth and meaning. Includes writings by Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt, Sylvia Plath, J. B. Phillips, Friedrich Wilhelm Foerster, Henri Nouwen, Bernard of Clairvaux, Kathleen Norris, Meister Eckhart, St. Thomas Aquinas, Karl Rahner, Isaac Penington, Madeleine L'Engle, Alfred Delp, Loretta Ross-Gotta, William Stringfellow, J. Heinrich Arnold, Edith Stein, Philip Britts, Jane Kenyon, John Howard Yoder, Emmy Arnold, Karl Barth, Oscar Romero, William Willimon, Johann Christoph Arnold, Gail Godwin, Leonardo Boff, G. M. Hopkins, Evelyn Underhill, Dorothy Day, Brennan Manning, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Romano Guardini, Annie Dillard, Martin Luther, St. John Chrysostom, Giovanni Papini, Dorothee Soelle, C. S. Lewis, Gustavo Gutiérrez, Philip Yancey, J. T. Clement, Thomas Merton, Eberhard Arnold, Ernesto Cardenal, T. S. Eliot, John Donne, Gian Carlo Menotti and Jürgen Moltmann.… (more)
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From the world's best-loved spiritual writers, a reading for every day of the holiday season.
  PendleHillLibrary | Sep 15, 2023 |
Received this book from a witchcraft practitioner and now I know why I "unowned" it to the trash. ( )
  faithfilly | Apr 6, 2022 |
ADVENT This unparalleled anthology -- from Thomas Aquinas to Gustavo Gutierrez, Meister Eckhart to Annie Dillard, John Donne to Sylvia Plath, Martin Luther to Eberhard Arnold -- offers wisdom, beauty, and spiritual nourishment from a wide spectrum of classic and contemporary writers.
  StFrancisofAssisi | Nov 22, 2019 |
ADVENT Ecumenical in scope, these fifty devotions invite the reader to contemplate the great themes of Christmas and the significance that the coming of Jesus has for each of us – not only during Advent, but every day. Whether dipped into at leisure or used on a daily basis, Watch for the Light gives the phrase “holiday preparations” new depth and meaning.
  StFrancisofAssisi | Oct 18, 2019 |
This is a wide-reaching collection, pulling from many authors (male and female), across continents, countries, eras, and denominations. The entries are poems and essays, and focus on many different aspects of the Christmas story and the Life of Christ.

My favorites were Blumhardt's Action in Waiting (Nov. 24), Britt's Yielding to God (Dec. 9), Yoder's The Original Revolution (Dec. 11), Arnold's Be Not Afraid (Dec. 15), Day's Room for Christ (Dec. 19) and Moltmann's The Disarming Child.

I found this encouraging and thought-provoking. During the Holidays there is often the preasure to Experience God in some deep and meaningful way. But I rarely do. While this book didn't give me some life-altering epiphany, but I found peace in many of the messages. ( )
  empress8411 | Feb 2, 2018 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Bonhoeffer, DietrichContributorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Aquinas, St. ThomasContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Barth, KarlContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chrysostom, St. JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Clairvaux, Bernard ofContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Clement, Jane TysonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Day, DorothyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Delp, AlfredContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dillard, AnnieContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Donne, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Eckhart, MeisterContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Eliot, T.S.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hopkins, Gerard ManleyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kierkegaard, SorenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
L'Engle, MadeleineContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lewis, C. S.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Luther, MartinContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Merton, ThomasContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Moltmann, JurgenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Norris, KathleenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nouwen, Henri J.M.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Phillips, J. B.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Plath, SylviaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Romero, ArchbishopContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Soelle, DorotheeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stein, EdithContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Underhill, EvelynContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Yancey, PhilipContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Yoder, John HowardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Though Christians the world over make yearly preparations for Lent, there's a conspicuous lack of good books for that other great spiritual season: Advent. All the same, this four-week period leading up to Christmas is making a comeback as growing numbers reject shopping-mall frenzy and examine the deeper meaning of the season. Ecumenical in scope, these fifty devotions invite the reader to contemplate the great themes of Christmas and the significance that the coming of Jesus has for each of us - not only during Advent, but every day. Whether dipped into at leisure or used on a daily basis, Watch for the Light gives the phrase "holiday preparations" new depth and meaning. Includes writings by Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt, Sylvia Plath, J. B. Phillips, Friedrich Wilhelm Foerster, Henri Nouwen, Bernard of Clairvaux, Kathleen Norris, Meister Eckhart, St. Thomas Aquinas, Karl Rahner, Isaac Penington, Madeleine L'Engle, Alfred Delp, Loretta Ross-Gotta, William Stringfellow, J. Heinrich Arnold, Edith Stein, Philip Britts, Jane Kenyon, John Howard Yoder, Emmy Arnold, Karl Barth, Oscar Romero, William Willimon, Johann Christoph Arnold, Gail Godwin, Leonardo Boff, G. M. Hopkins, Evelyn Underhill, Dorothy Day, Brennan Manning, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Romano Guardini, Annie Dillard, Martin Luther, St. John Chrysostom, Giovanni Papini, Dorothee Soelle, C. S. Lewis, Gustavo Gutiérrez, Philip Yancey, J. T. Clement, Thomas Merton, Eberhard Arnold, Ernesto Cardenal, T. S. Eliot, John Donne, Gian Carlo Menotti and Jürgen Moltmann.

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