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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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*** 3 Advent Poems by
Madeleine L’Engle

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Flunking Sainthood
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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


George MacDonald

On the Birthday of George Macdonald, here are three of his Christmas poems…

These poems are found in the brand new ebook:

My Little King:
George Macdonald’s Christmas Stories and Songs

C. Christopher Smith, Editor

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(Also known as “Mary’s Lullaby” to avoid confusion
with the classic Christmas story by Charles Dickens)

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A lovely poem for Advent by Mary Oliver…

This poem is found in the collection:

Thirst: Poems
Mary Oliver

Paperback: Beacon, 2007
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Also, see Three Advent Poems by Madeleine L’Engle

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  Today is the birthday of Madeleine L’Engle… She would have been 95 today.

I recently discovered this new ebook containing an essay of hers on children’s literature…

Do I Dare Disturb the Universe?

“Do I Dare Disturb the Universe?” is Madeleine L’Engle’s spirited defense of the responsibility of children’s literature to confront difficult questions, as she did in all her work, particularly her masterpiece A Wrinkle in Time. This e-book contains the text of her famous speech as well as her introduction to the twenty-fifth anniversary of A Wrinkle in Time and a facsimile of a chapter from the original manuscript with Madeleine’s notations.

This ebook is essential reading for fans of Madeleine’s work!!!
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New book excerpt for the holiday season…

The Gospel of Christmas: Reflections for Advent

Patty Kirk

IVP Books, 2012 Buy now:  [ Amazon ] [ Kindle ]

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Here are three Advent poems by Madeleine L’Engle…

You can also read her well-known Advent poem “After Annunciation” here

* * * Books by Madeleine L’Engle



Ready for Silence

From The Ordering of Love: The New and Collected Poems of Madeleine L’Engle [ Kindle ]




The Birth of Wonder



Enuma Okoro - SILENCEA Vision of Thriving Christian Fellowship

A Feature Review of

Silence and Other Surprising Invitations of Advent

Enuma Okoro

Paperback: Upper Room Books, 2012.
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Reviewed by Emma Stencil.


Like the Lenten season before the celebration of Easter, Advent was traditionally a time of fasting and thrift within the early Christian churches. Today it should be a time to quiet one’s mind and prepare one’s body for the coming of Christ. In the celebration of Advent, we recognize the first coming of Christ as a child in a manger, visited and worshipped by shepherds and wise men. We also recognize and ponder Christ’s second coming at the Resurrection, when He will return in glory and power to save His followers and to judge His enemies. The very name of the season, “Advent,” was borrowed from the Latin word adventus, which refers to the grand ceremony in ancient Rome in which a conquering emperor was welcomed into a city as part of a military campaign. Christ’s second coming is to be the triumphant entry of the king into His transformed city. The season of Advent provides Christians with a time to ponder this great and terrible moment that all of time is racing to meet.


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