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Marilyn McEntyre, one of our favorite writers, has a new collection of poems out:

Occasions: Poems
Marilyn McEntyre

Paperback: Resource Publications, 2018.
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*** Our Intro Guide to Marilyn McEntyre’s work


Here are three great poems from this new collection…


Advent on
the Central Coast
Marilyn McEntyre


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Over the last year, we have done a number of features on our favorite holiday music…

We recap these all for your listening pleasure in Advent, and the coming Christmas season!

Advent Music – A Playlist for the Season of Waiting

Rain for Roots, Josh Garrels, Tom Petty, Over the Rhine, MORE
Includes a Spotify playlist for streaming…

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Through the Advent and Christmas season, we featured one of the best books of 2017 each day!

For more info on any given book (reviews, interviews, MORE), click its cover image below…

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Too often in our consumer culture, we jump over the season Advent and straight into Christmas. It is especially easy for us to do so with the holiday music to which we listen.

As we prepare for the beginning of Advent on Sunday, we offer this playlist of Advent-themed songs. Some of these are were not necessarily written as Advent songs, but they wrestle with vital themes of the season nonetheless. 


*** includes most, but not all the songs below
Browse the list below for other excellent songs 
that are NOT available on Spotify


  1. Josh Garrels
    O Come, O Come Emmanuel
    from The Light Came Down

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Standing on the Threshold

A Feature Review of 
Two New Advent Devotionals:

Celebrating Abundance
Walter Brueggemann

Compiled by Richard Floyd
Paperback: WJK Books, 2017
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Rise Up Shepherd!
Reflections on the Spirituals
Luke A. Powery

Paperback: WJK Books, 2017
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Reviewed by Pam Kittredge


Standing on the threshold between ordinary time and sacred time, we open our hearts and become ready to enter into the season of Advent.

Advent—the beginning of the Christian liturgical year—is a reminder to the faithful of the imminent and impending birth of Jesus. We are a people pregnant—with hope, with love, with the joy of God’s coming. In fact, the word advent—from the Latin, adventus—means just that: coming.

Advent is—or can be—a time of expectant waiting, a time of holy anticipation of the miracle of Jesus’s birth.

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The season of Advent will be upon us in less than a month… 

We’re giving away FIVE copies
of this new Advent devotional…

My Soul Waits: Praying with the Psalms through Advent, Christmas & Epiphany
by Martin Shannon, CJ
Paperback: Paraclete Press


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Ten Classic Christmas Stories that are available as FREE ebooks! By authors such as Charles Dickens, LM Montgomery, L. Frank Baum (creator of Oz), George MacDonald, and MORE!

These ebooks are available for pretty much any e-reading device…

Load up your e-reader today with some of these classics and read these stories aloud throughout the holiday season!




The First Christmas Tree

By Henry Van Dyke

CLICK HERE to download in non-Kindle Formats… (via Project Gutenberg)


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God is always coming to you in the Sacrament of the Present Moment. Meet and receive Him there with gratitude in that sacrament.”
– Evelyn Underhill,
who was born on this date in 1875.
The Wake Up CallPoem of the Day:
Ready for Silence
An Advent Poem by
Madeleine L’Engle
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Madeleine L’Engle

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Flunking Sainthood
By Jana Riess

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The Wake Up Call – December 6, 2014

Look at what’s happening in this world. Every day there’s something exciting or disturbing to write about. With all that’s going on, how could I stop?”
– Gwendolyn Brooks, poet
who died on this date in 2000.

The Wake Up CallPoem of the Day:
We Real Cool
Gwendolyn Brooks
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Advent Conspiracy: Can Christmas Still Change the World?
By Rick McKinley and Chris Seay

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The Wake Up Call – December 3, 2014


New ERB Print IssueThe new ERB print issue has been mailed recently and is beginning to be received by our subscribers…

(Yes, it is the Advent issue, We were running late, and the Advent season came and went before we could get the issue out. I guess the Advent season is about waiting, after all…)
Featuring an interview with Paul McCusker, annotator of the new ANOTATED SCREWTAPE, a story from Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove’s STRANGERS AT MY DOOR, and our Best Books of 2013 Feature. And a superb lineup of reviews: new books by Wendell Berry, Ann Patchett, Christena Cleveland, and MORE!  Plus, Christmas poems from George Macdonald.


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Below you will find the ERB Table of Contents for this issue,
and for the first time, we are including sample articles for you to read in full!!!

Advent 2013
Volume 04, Number 01

2 Editorial


4 Cubicles, Screwtape and the Enduring Appeal of C.S. Lewis
An Interview with Paul McCusker, annotator of The Screwtape Letters: Annotated Edition

14 Englewood Honor Books 2013

18 The Light That Can Shine
A Story From Strangers at My Door
by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove



7 Toward The Almost Forgotten Light
C. Christopher Smith
This Day: New and Collected Sabbath
Poems 1979-2012 by Wendell Berry

12 The Gift of the Given
Joe Gunby
Flesh Becomes Word: Poems by Brian Volck

20 Emotion, Faith and Serious Doubt
Jon M. Sweeney
The Breath of Night by Michael Arditti

22 A Book of Its Time Rachel M. Stone
The Kinfolk Table by Nathan Williams

24 Coffee With Jesus by David Wilkie

26 What if There Were No Them In the Body of Christ?
Zena Neds-Fox
Disunity in Christ Christena Cleveland

28 This is the Story of a Wonderful Anthology
Jennifer Burns Lewis
This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett

30 Out of Bounds with Ragan Sutterfield
Dance Yourself Free: Arcade Fire’s Reflektor

32 The Englewood Review’s Classics
Michael J. Bowling
The Moral Vision of the New Testament by Richard B. Hays

34 On the Bookshelf

36 A Healing Antidote Julie Lane-Gay
Discerning the Body by Jason Byassee

38 True Confessions From a Child of
Consumer Christianity Brad Fruhauff
When We Were On Fire by Addie Zierman


31 Christmas-Day, 1878
Christmas Meditation – George Macdonald

40 A Christmas Carol –  George Macdonald