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    Watch for the Light

    Readings for Advent and Christmas

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    Selections from the world’s greatest spiritual writers provide inspiration for Advent and Christmas.

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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.

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    • Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt: Action in Waiting – Read an excerpt
    • Sylvia Plath: Black Rook in Rainy Weather
    • J. B. Phillips: The Dangers of Advent
    • Friedrich Wilhelm Foerster: Meditation
    • Henri Nouwen: Waiting for God
    • Bernard of Clairvaux: In Defense of Humility
    • Kathleen Norris: Annunciation
    • Meister Eckhart: Where God Enters
    • St. Thomas Aquinas / Karl Rahner: The Divine Dawning
    • Isaac Penington: 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
    • Óscar Romero / William Willimon: The God We Hardly Knew
    • Johann Christoph Arnold: Be Not Afraid
    • Gail Godwin: Genealogy and Grace
    • Leonardo Boff: The Man Who Is God
    • Gerard Manley 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 Gutiérrez: Christ's History, and Ours
    • Philip Yancey: The Visited Planet
    • Jane Tyson Clement / Thomas Merton: The Time of No Room
    • Eberhard Arnold: When the Time was Fulfilled – Read an excerpt
    • Søren Kierkegaard: Only a Rumor
    • Ernesto Cardinal: The Wise Men
    • T. S. Eliot: The Journey of the Magi
    • John Donne: The Showing Forth of Christ
    • Gian Carlo Menotti: Love Alone
    • Jürgen Moltmann: The Disarming Child