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Watch for the Light

Readings for Advent and Christmas

by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Thomas Merton, Annie Dillard

Though Chris­tians the world over make year­ly prepa­ra­tions for Lent, there’s a con­spic­u­ous lack of good books for that oth­er great spir­i­tu­al sea­son: Advent. All the same, this four-week peri­od lead­ing up to Christ­mas is mak­ing a come­back as grow­ing num­bers reject shop­ping-mall fren­zy and exam­ine the deep­er mean­ing of the sea­son.

Ecu­meni­cal in scope, these fifty devo­tions invite the read­er to con­tem­plate the great themes of Christ­mas and the sig­nif­i­cance that the com­ing of Jesus has for each of us – not only dur­ing Advent, but every day. Whether dipped into at leisure or used on a dai­ly basis, Watch for the Light gives the phrase hol­i­day prepa­ra­tions” new depth and mean­ing.

Includes writ­ings by Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt, Sylvia Plath, J. B. Phillips, Friedrich Wil­helm Foer­ster, Hen­ri Nouwen, Bernard of Clair­vaux, Kath­leen Nor­ris, Meis­ter Eck­hart, St. Thomas Aquinas, Karl Rah­n­er, Isaac Pen­ing­ton, Madeleine L’Engle, Alfred Delp, Loret­ta Ross-Got­ta, William Stringfel­low, J. Hein­rich Arnold, Edith Stein, Philip Britts, Jane Keny­on, John Howard Yoder, Emmy Arnold, Karl Barth, Oscar Romero, William Willimon, Johann Christoph Arnold, Gail God­win, Leonar­do Boff, G. M. Hop­kins, Eve­lyn Under­hill, Dorothy Day, Bren­nan Man­ning, Diet­rich Bon­ho­ef­fer, Romano Guar­di­ni, Annie Dil­lard, Mar­tin Luther, St. John Chrysos­tom, Gio­van­ni Pap­i­ni, Dorothee Soelle, C. S. Lewis, Gus­ta­vo Gutiér­rez, Philip Yancey, J. T. Clement, Thomas Mer­ton, Eber­hard Arnold, Ernesto Car­de­nal, T. S. Eliot, John Donne, Gian Car­lo Menot­ti and Jür­gen Moltmann.


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