Advent is a special time of year when we prepare for the coming of Christ. It is a time to reflect on our faith and our lives in anticipation of spiritual renewal.
This year, Advent begins on December 3rd and there are a number of great resources to help you celebrate Advent and engage in prayer, reflection and a deepening of faith.
Here are some of the top picks from The Bookshop for this Advent.
Advent, a joyful time of preparation for the birth of Jesus, can be further enriched with Sacred Space for Advent and the Christmas Season 2017 – 2018, a daily prayer experience from Sacred Space, the internationally known online prayer guide.
Prepare spiritually for the coming of Christ with this popular, easy-to-use annual guide. During the especially busy Advent and Christmas seasons, this book offers brief, down-to-earth reflections that bring prayer and Scripture into everyday life in a thought-provoking and lasting way.
This season of Advent calls to us to prepare a room for the Lord so that he may truly be welcomed into our hearts and allowed grow from the newborn child into the one who walked the way marked out for him and, on that walk called (and still calls) others to join him.
Prepare for and celebrate Christ’s coming with brief daily meditations for the Advent and Christmas seasons. Scripture, personal reflection, a question to think about or act to consider, and a short prayer to Mary are sure to touch your heart and lead you to a deeper relationship with Jesus and his mother, Mary.
Participate in Henri Nouwen’s legacy of inspiring millions to grow closer to Jesus and be inspired all Advent long with Jesus: God’s Promise. The prayerful wisdom of one of the most prolific and beloved spiritual writers in modern times is accompanied by original reflections based on Henri Nouwen’s words. There are Scripture readings and prayers for each day of Advent.
For Nouwen, a life of faith is a life of prayer, and using these daily devotions during the weeks of Advent can help to form a lasting spiritual practice.
Through select excerpts from Nouwen’s works, Unto us a Child is Born offers reflections and prayers for each day of the Advent Season.