Watch for the Light English

Watch for the Light

Readings for Advent and Christmas

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Annie Dillard, Thomas Merton, Kathleen Norris, C. S. Lewis, Henri Nouwen, and others

344 Pages

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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 sampled at leisure or used on a daily basis, Watch for the Light gives the phrase “holiday preparations” new depth and meaning.

Includes writings by John Donne, Meister Eckhart, Dorothy Day, T. S. Eliot, Gustavo Gutiérrez, Eberhard Arnold, G. M. Hopkins, Martin Luther, Edith Stein, Thomas Aquinas, Dorothee Soelle, Philip Yancey, and others.

Publishers Weekly (starred review)
It’s hard to go wrong with writers such as these. . . . Born of obvious passion and graced with superb writing, this collection is a welcome – even necessary – addition.

Hardcover, 5 x 7.25,
ISBN: 978-0874869170


I'm reading this for at least the fifth or sixth year in a row now. My Advent and Christmas are not complete now unless I read it.

A beautiful aid to prepare one's hear for CHristmas. I have and re-read my copy each season for many years.

Watch for the Light was for me a wonderful approach to Advent. Each reading shed new light on familiar passages in a way that excites the mind and the heart and sets a specific goal for the season that transcends the world's approach. "Watch for the Light" is aptly named.

I love Watch for the Light and Bread and Wine...are there any others in this series...for ordinary time, for example? They are such helpful collections of readings! Love the size, shape and layout, too:)