Advent in Narnia: Reflections for the Season, by The Rev. Heidi Haverkamp
“Walking into Advent can be like walking through the wardrobe.” C. S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe fits naturally into the Advent season. These 28 devotions alternate between scripture and passages from the novel to prompt meditation on Advent themes. Each devotion also includes questions for reflection. The book provides several resources for churches, small group discussion, and ideas for creating a “Narnia Night” for families.
Awaiting the Child: An Advent Journal, by Isabel Anders
“The season of Advent offers us, each year, an opportunity to seek God within the geography of our souls―while living outwardly amid the roar and tumult of worldly events”
Christmastide: Prayers for Advent Through Epiphany from The Divine Hours, Phyllis Tickle
The third and final volume in a trilogy of prayer manuals compiled by Publishers Weekly religion editor Phyllis Tickle as a contemporary Book of Hours to guide Christians gently yet authoritatively through the daily offices.
I Am Mary: Advent Devotional, by Carol Howard Merritt
In this Advent devotional, join young Mary as she experiences the surprise, confusion, fear, anticipation, and blessing that follows her brave response to God’s call: “Here am I, Lord.” Listen carefully, and you may hear that call in your own life. From the first Sunday of Advent through Christmas Day, each daily devotion includes a scripture verse, a reflection, and a prayer, plus an Advent candle lighting service as a free download.
Keep Watch With Me: An Advent Reader for Peacemakers, by Claire Brown & Michael T McRay
Co-author, Claire Brown, serves as clergy in our own diocese, for St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Chattanooga, TN. Each day of Advent is guided by a different author providing a text, a reflection, a prayer, and a practice as well as a brief bio. Brian McLaren says, “[he] can’t imagine a more meaningful, interesting, spiritually enriching, and relevant Advent resource”.
Kneeling in Bethlehem, by Ann Weems
A lovely collection of poems for the Advent season
Light of the World: A Beginner’s Guide to Advent, by Amy Jill Levine, andLight of the World: Leader’s Guide
Author, professor, and biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine explores the biblical texts surrounding the story of the birth of Jesus. Join her as she traces the Christmas narrative through the stories of Zechariah and Elizabeth, Mary, the journey to Bethlehem, and the visit from the Magi.
Materiality as Resistance: Five Elements for Moral Action in the Real World, by Walter Brueggemann
In a season of preparing for the Word to be made flesh so that God’s reign comes on earth, Bruegemann’s thoughts offer us ways to expect and to live the kingdom now, congruent with Mary’s Magnificat– lifting up the lowly, filling the hungry with good things, remembering mercy, enfleshing our Lord’s prayer to live “on earth as it is in heaven.”
Night Visions: Searching the Shadows of Advent and Christmas, by Jan Richardson
Jan Richardson’s original artwork, reflections, poetry, and prayers draw the reader into the quiet spaces of an often-frenzied season. Beautifully designed with color artwork throughout, Night Visions beckons us to encounter the God who dwells in darkness as well as in daylight.
Not a Silent Night: Mary Looks to Bethlehem, by Adam Hamilton
This Advent study begins at the end, with Mary at the Crucifixion and Resurrection, travels back in time as she witnesses Jesus’ life and ministry, and ends with the birth of Jesus through a book, accompanying DVD, a guide for leaders, and a youth study guide.
Our Hope and Expectation: Devotions for Advent and Christmas 2020-2021
by Paul Hoffman, Michael Coffey, Annabelle Markey, Rozella Haydée White, Troy M. Troftgruben, and Pam Fickenscher. Explore the Advent season, and celebrate the joy of the 12 days of Christmas and day of Epiphany. Our Hope and Expectation includes daily devotions based on year B scripture readings (in the Revised Common Lectionary) for Sundays and festival days between the first Sunday of Advent and Epiphany. In addition to devotions, the book offers household blessings and prayers to enrich your preparations and celebrations.
Preparing for Christmas with Richard Rohr
A pocket-sized booklet of daily meditations for Advent. Rohr invites readers not merely to prepare for the birth of Jesus on Christmas Day, but for the coming of the cosmic Christ, who brings the true kingdom of heaven to us on earth.
The Irrational Season, by Madeleine L’Engle
This memoir follows the liturgical year from one Advent to the next, with L’Engle reflecting on the changing seasons in her own life as a writer, wife, mother, and global citizen. Unafraid to discuss controversial topics and address challenging questions, L’Engle writes from the heart in this compelling chronicle of her spiritual quest to renew and refresh her faith in an ever-changing world and her ever-changing personhood. Originally published in 1977.
The Painted Prayerbook, by Jan Richardson
Meditations, art, and poetry. With original artwork by Jan Richardson, this blog explores the intersections of writing, art, and faith, plus a few other things besides. Its pages include a weekly reflection on a text from the lectionary (the three-year cycle of readings that take us through much of the Bible). These lectionary reflections emerge from a process of lectio divina (“sacred reading”), the ancient art of praying with sacred texts, including the text of our own life. The art pieces that appear with the weekly lectionary reflections are painted paper collages that Jan creates as part of the process of doing lectio with the texts.
The Womb of Advent, by Mark Bozzuti-Jones
The author offers a unique perspective on the season of Advent with scripture readings, prayers, 4 weeks of meditations that focus on the growth of Jesus in the womb of Mary as he approaches the day of his birth, learns his mother’s voice, responds to the presence of light and dark, and begins to position himself for birth. What does this teach us about our own spiritual journey through Advent? That waiting and preparation is essential to the Christian life. By reflecting on our own birth experiences and Jesus’s own progress through the womb, Christians learn how to remain intimate with God, how to approach the light, and how to get ready for new birth in Christ. Church Publishing is providing a Free download until Jan 6, 2021.
Through the Advent Door: Entering a Contemplative Christmas, by Jan Richardson
Through the Advent Door reveals the hidden pathways into the holidays we have always longed for, guiding us into a realm that shimmers with mystery and imagination. Like an Advent calendar, each day opens a new door, offering rich treasures that beckon us deep into this sacred season.
Waiting, Accepting, Journeying, and Birthing: A Four Week Advent Devotional, by Sarah Bessey
Guided by the Carmelite themes of Waiting, Accepting, Journeying, and Birthing, this devotional from Sarah Bessey offers readers new prayers, scripture, original essays by yours truly, and reflection questions for each Sunday of Advent as we journey towards Christmas. It is available in various forms on her website.
Waiting and Watching: Advent Word Reflections
These reflections are part of a larger initiative called AdventWord, a global community praying and walking together during this holy season. The daily reflections include a response or action item and a prayer and each day features a doodling prompt by artist and Praying in Color author Sybil MacBeth for those who enjoy a hands-on approach to prayer.
Watch for the Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas
Essays for Advent through Epiphany (includes Dorothy Day, C. S. Lewis, Oscar Romero, Philip Yancey, Eberhard Arnold, Johann Christoph Arnold, J. Heinrich Arnold, Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Alfred Delp, Søren Kierkegaard, Annie Dillard, Kathleen Norris and others)
What Are You Waiting For?, by Christine McSpadden
The author seeks to transfigure your experience of waiting. Embark on a seasonal journey as these daily meditation work on your soul to bring a richer quality and depth to your understanding and perception of waiting as a lively and life-giving facet of faith.
What the Heart Already Knows, by Phylis Tickle
107 Pages published in 1985. Phyllis Tickle, founding editor of the religion department at Publishers Weekly, is one of the most highly respected authorities and popular speakers on religion in America today. She is the author of more than two dozen books, a lector and lay eucharistic minister in the Episcopal Church, and a senior fellow of the Cathedral College of Washington National Cathedral.