Bobby Webb asked me if I had any recommendations for Advent books, so I thought I’d post a few that we have (re)discovered lately. Please add to the comments any recommendations you have for worthwhile readings during Advent.
The Holy Bible
I should start here. I’m finding it much too easy to read other things without spending time at the source. Advent is a good season for opening our hearts to his Word again.
The Book of Jesus – ed. by Calvin Miller
This isn’t a book strictly for Advent, but I highly recommend picking it up. It is a compilation of writings from over two hundred authors about the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Krista has been spending time in the section on Jesus’ birth over the last few days and has enjoyed it.
Watch for the Light – compilation
Another compilation, but completely focused on the Advent season. Authors include Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Meister Eckhart, T.S. Eliot, Gerard Manley Hopkins, C. S. Lewis, Thomas Merton, Archbishop Romero, Henri J.M. Nouwen, and Philip Yancey. A wide range of voices for the Advent season. So far, it’s been mind/heart-opening.
Faces of Jesus – Frederick Buechner
The six chapters (Annunciation, Nativity, Ministry, Last Supper, Crucifixon, and Resurrection) provide a means of looking with fresh eyes at the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ life. Buechner is a great writer who has a potent ability to use the written word as a window to peer into the human heart and its need for God.