That You Might Believe: Praying Advent with the Gospel of John
This is my first book, a series of Daily Offices for Advent. In 4.25″ x 6.88″ pocketbook format, it offers daily readings and four sets of prayers per day for each week of Advent and for the Christmastide season. The readings are framed around the first eighteen verses of John’s Gospel, with Old Testament readings to fill in detail about the Messianic prophecies concerning Jesus and the themes in John’s Gospel. Prayers are from Celtic sources, from saints, and many directly from scripture. Each week includes a selected traditional Christmas carol, an introduction to the week’s themes, and a brief set of reflections on the readings and themes.
This book serves as an introduction to the habit of daily prayer at appointed hours, and will enrich your experience of Advent as it helps prepare your heart for the coming of Christ.
Printed on demand by Lulu.com. 90 pages, perfect binding, black and white interior ink, full-color cover features an original sketch by the author. First edition, Advent 2007. ISBN 978-0-9809-0380-5
Note: Lulu.com added the ISBN overtop of the existing ISBN block on the back cover — it partially obscures my photo and my email address.
Important Notice concerning orders shipping “almost” in time for Advent! Forward your order confirmation email to me and I’ll send you a PDF of the book so you can get started right away with the Advent prayers.
More Johannine Advent!
I will be blogging on the themes from this book through Advent 2007, and a number of other bloggers will be joining in with me. If you blog, join right in with us — if not, jump into the conversation in the comments of any of the participating blogs. Post your experiences of praying the Daily Office, insights from the readings or meditations, or recommendations for contemplative music to compliment the readings and prayers. Step right this way for the page dedicated to that companion effort.
Feel free to use the comments section below for book reviews, comments, questions, or just to share an experience of praying the Daily Office from the book.