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Watch for the Light

Readings for Advent and Christmas


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

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Selections from the world’s greatest spiritual writers provide inspiration for the most widely celebrated holiday of the year.


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About The Book

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

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Table of Contents

  • Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt: Action in Waiting
  • Sylvia Plath: Black Rook in Rainy Weather
  • J. B. Philips: The Dangers of Advent
  • Friedrich Wilhelm Foerster: Meditation
  • Henri Nouwen: Waiting for God
  • Bernard if Clairaux: In Defense of Humility
  • Kathleen Norris: Annunciation
  • Meister Eckhardt: Where God Enters
  • St. Thomas Aquinas / Karl Rahner : The Divine Dawning
  • Isaac Pennington: Concerning the Light
  • Madeleine L'Engle: A Sky Full of Children
  • Alfred Delp: The Shaking Reality of Advent
  • Loretta Ross-Gotta: To be Virgin
  • William Stringfellow: The Penitential Season
  • J. Heinrich Arnold / Edith Stein: From the Stable to the Cross
  • Philip Britts: Yielding to God
  • Jane Kenyon: Mosaic of the Nativity
  • John Howard Yoder: The Original Revolution
  • Emmy Arnold: Christmas Joy
  • Karl Barth: To Believe
  • Oscar Romero / Evelyn Underhill: The Light of the World
  • Johann Christoph Arnold: Be Not Afraid
  • Gail Goodwin: Genealogy and Grace
  • Leonardo Boff: The Man Who Is God
  • G.M. Hopkins / Evelyn Underhill: The Light of the World
  • Dorothy Day: Room for Christ
  • Brennan Manning: Shipwrecked at the Stable
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer: The Coming of Jesus in Our Midst
  • Romano Guardini: The Holy Mother
  • Annie Dillard: Bethlehem
  • Martin Luther: To You Christ is Born
  • St John Chrysostom: The Mystery
  • Giovanni Papini: Ox and Ass
  • Dorothee Soelle: The Christmas Gospel
  • C.S. Lewis: The Grand Miracle
  • Gustavo Gutiérez: Christ's History, and Ours
  • Philip Yancy: The Visited Planet
  • J.T. Clement / Thomas Merton: The Time of No Room
  • Eberhard Arnold: When the Time was Fulfilled
  • Søren Kierkegaard: Only a Rumor
  • Ernesto Cardinal: The Wise Men
  • T.S. Elliot: The Journey of the Magi
  • John Donne: The Showing Forth of Christ
  • Gian Carlo Menotti: Love Alone
  • Jürgen Moltmann: The Disarming Child