Archives For Advent


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

*** Other Books by Mary Oliver
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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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George Herbert

Christmas (I)
After all pleasures as I rid one day,
My horse and I, both tired, body and mind,
With full cry of affections, quite astray;
I took up the next inn I could find.

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Advent offers us the opportunity to reflect on the meaning of Christ’s coming to earth, and in this issue, we have focused particularly on Christ’s coming as the “prince of peace,” and what that might mean for us as his followers. This issue features interviews with Jamie Arpin-Ricci and Dorothy Ranaghan, an essay by Ragan Sutterfield on the discipline and joys of handwriting letters, our Best Books of 2011 list, reviews by L.L. Barkat, John Nugent and much more!

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