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I’m working on compiling a list of recommended books to read during Advent, and would love readers to chime in with books you’d recommend. These could be devotional books for adults, or for children and families…; prayer books, activity books… PLEASE SHARE YOUR FAVORITES IN THE COMMENTS!!!
1. Here are a few books I personally can recommend, having read them in the past 1 – 2 years.
- Ann Voskamp: The Greatest Gift Recommended for women, especially. I found this a wonderful meditation on the theme of grace, and very helpful in terms of giving me practical ideas for how to S-L-O-W D-O-W-N in Advent and really keep Jesus at the center of my days.
Note: It looks like John Piper has a new Advent Devotional out for 2014, but I’m not yet sure if the content has changed, or merely the date listed for each day’s reading… (The PDF version is free at Desiring God). I’ll check it out and will post more about this separately. (I’m a big John Piper fan… He’s a “Baptist who gets Advent!”)
- Watch for the Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas – 40 essays and poems from theological writers such as Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Dorothy Day, Madeleine L’Engle, Martin Luther, Kathleen Norris, Henri Nouwen, Philip Yancey, Karl Barth and Síren Kierkegaard. – Very meaty stuff. Not light fluffy Advent reading. Several of the essays are truly profound.
- Truth in the Tinsel: A guide for celebrating Advent with young children (excellent for Sunday school activities, etc.)
2. Here are a few books I’ve bookmarked and am thinking about for Advent this year… This is a VERY varied list. I may buy one or two of these books for myself, and others as gifts for friends and colleagues…
Note; in addition to the books listed below, I’ve recently posted entries on three other family Advent devotional books which look very worthwhile:
Three books on Jesse Trees that might be of interest (I’ve not read these personally)
Advent Devotional Books (mostly for Adults) that have caught my attention:
- Billy Graham: The Cradle, Cross and Crown. A Brand New 64 page Advent devotional from Billy Graham, includes original poetry from his late wife, Ruth Bell Graham. [Having looked at this a bit more closely, I’d suggest it might make a better devotional for the Christmas season, in terms of its themes…, but I love the poems!!]
- Max Lucado: Celebrating Christmas with Jesus, an Advent Devotional. Short excerpts from various of Max Lucado’s devotionals focusing on various individuals’ encounters with Jesus as recorded in the Gospels. Not really all that “Advent-y” but daily readings from passages in the Gospels and good short reflections that might be helpful to some in keeping their hearts centered on Christ and the wonder of His love and mercy during a busy Advent and Christmas season.
- Guthrie, Hughes, Begg (editors): Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus: Experiencing the Peace and Promise of Christmas (paperback only) – an anthology of Advent-themed writings from ancient and contemporary authors (Whitefield, Luther, Spurgeon, and Augustine, and contemporary authors such as John Piper, J. Ligon Duncan, Randy Alcorn, John MacArthur, Francis Schaeffer, R. C. Sproul, Skip Ryan, and Joni Eareckson Tada)
- R. Scott Hurd – Daily Devotions for Advent 2014 (The Living Gospel) – 99 cents for the Kindle edition. This is a 64 page “classic style” devotional booklet, with a short opening prayer from the Psalms, a Scripture reading, a short reflection, an application / action, and a closing prayer. Fairly basic. The author was an Episcopalian and is now a Roman Catholic priest.
3. Here are some places you can find lists of good Advent-themed books
You can find all our posts from recent years about ADVENT BOOKS here.
All our Advent 2014 entries are here.