God With Us: Rediscovering the Meaning of Christmas (Greg Pennoyer and Gregory Wolfe, Editors) is a handsome volume that fell into my hands yesterday. Featuring contributions from Scott Cairns, Emilie Griffin, Richard John Neuhaus, Kathleen Norris, Eugene Peterson, and Luci Shaw, the book is an “invitation to live the church year” by walking daily through the first three seasons of the calendar (Advent, Christmas, Epiphany). Various authors and poets offer daily reflections which are printed on heavier-than average gloss paper alongside various works of art in full colour. Interspersed among the reflections are a set of histories of the feast days by Beth Bevis.
I decided to part with some cash for this one as I thumbed through it, and am looking forward to engaging the selections through the upcoming Advent season, along with (of course) Praying Advent with the Gospel of John (the book I wrote last year). The present volume came with recommendations from Steve Bell and Jamie Howison, and while I haven’t read it yet, I’m sure it won’t disappoint. Really, this is another of the many resources now beginning to appear for Advent and other seasons in the church calendar. It could be partly due to my drift from the evangelical church, but it appears to me that the church calendar is being rediscovered in many quarters these days.
By the way, I’ve decided to try and hit an average of one book feature in one post per week for the next while; we’ll see how it goes in terms of scheduling and supply of fodder. As with a couple of my most recent reviews (and as shown below), I’ll start tagging them with purchase information and a note on where the book was sourced, particularly if it was a “free” review copy. I try not to let this influence my reviews, but sometimes people like the disclosure. Same with the affiliate links… unless otherwise noted, I’m not being paid for the reviews, but I do get a small percentage when purchases are made by following one of these links.