|Mary by Henry Ossawa Tanner 1914|
Our Advent readings over the years have varied greatly. When there were lots of diapers to change, I tried following different programs and crafty ways to go about readings for Advent. What worked best for us? When I simply read a few verses from the Advent readings and we narrated. Simple. Holy. A lot like school.
But when I could take the time and space to read more deeply for myself, the children benefited too. Eventually, what I liked to do was to have my own quiet reading and then I could share a simple part of that with everyone - whether it was a piece of art, Scripture, hymn, or a prayer. Simple. Holy. A lot like school.
The following books are my favorites. They go deep into the heart and reason for Advent.
1. The Cloud of WitnessThe Cloud of Witness begins with Advent readings. Since each new week and theme begins on Saturday, November 28th would begin the Advent readings on page 4. Read along with us and anticipate His coming. As of now, Riverbend Press is where it is sold. Unless you live near me, in which case just send me an email and arrange to pick it up to save shipping!
2. God With UsGod With Us: Rediscovering the Meaning of Christmas
Edited by Pennoyer and Wolfe
Sumptuous, illuminating, and redemptive. Be still and be quiet with fine art, thoughtful essays, and Scripture to meditate on. Make sure you find the illustrated version. Also available from Paraclete Press.
3. Light upon Light3. Light Upon Light: A Literary Guide to Prayer for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany
Sarah signed my copy with "Here's to holy dreaming!" How could I NOT love it?! I am a big fan of At the Still Point and am anticipating Between Midnight and Dawn. Her books remind me of an expanded version of The Cloud of Witness with more contemporary authors added.
For even more book recommendations, here are all my posts about Advent and Christmas books:
What to Read For Christmas
On Christmas Traditions and Books
Good King Wenceslas
The Canticle of the Bees
Longing and Waiting
Christmas Books 2014