It is the beginning of the church year. As we prepare to celebrate the entrance of God into the world in bodily form through the birth of Christ Jesus our Lord. As we begin the liturgical year it is a time to examine the meaning of life and what is really important. To aide in that endeavor I will be using a few Advent devotionals this year. I will be reading one in the morning, one at lunch, one at supper and one in the evening. This year I will be reading all four in eBook format. So why don't you pick one or more and read along through the holiday season.
Be Vigilant: Daily Meditations for Advent
Ed. Amy Welborn
This past spring during Lent I read Amy Welborn's devotional Reconciled to God. It was incredible. I decided to read this volume edited by Amy from her late husband's writings. I have been anticipating reading it for months now and know it will be amazing. It goes from the first Sunday of Advent to the feast of the Epiphany.
The Magnificat Advent Companion 2011
You might ask why read two devotionals written for different years. During my Lenten reading this year I read the Magnificat Lenten Companion. It was a great read and with the eB00ks only being $0.99 why not double up on the goodness. This devotional has 20 contributors and had a number of prays for the season and readings for each day from the first Sunday of Advent until Christmas day.
The Magnificat Advent Companion 2012
Everything I have read in the Magnificat line has been a great read. I am really looking forward to this devotional. There are 14 contributors in this edition and it should be a great season.
In Conversation With God
Volume #1: Advent and Christmastide
By: Francis Fernandez
7 Volume Set
This volume spans the time from the first Sunday of Advent till either January 12th or the Second Sunday after the Epiphany. Thus this book has 51 devotions for this joyous Church Season. For my full review of this book click here.
Magnificat, Year of Faith Companion
Though not specifically designed for Advent this volume has readings for each day in the holiday season. It has readings starting on October 11th and going for a year.
Tending the Temple
Dr. Kevin Vost
And of course I am reading for the third time Tending the Temple. An amazing year long devotional. This book is a devotional for body, mind and spirit. Christ stated that he came that we might have life and have it abundantly. I have always believed that God wants us to be whole - of sound body, sound mind and sound spirit. I personally, after 10 years in Campus ministry as a student, volunteer and staff, found that too many people, too many ministries and too many churches only focus on the spirit or spirit and mind, and let the body slide. This book is intended to help bring about a more balanced approach to life. You can read the full review here.
Hopefully that will give you some ideas to get a little more from this holiday season!