Christmas with Ann Voskamp

Some of you may not know Ann Voskamp, some of you adore her. Years ago I made contact with Ann through my blog and I have watched her blog and then widespread acceptance of her book One Thousand Gifts and I am happy to commend her new Christmas book called  The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas, a collection of Advent readings connected to the celebration of the Jesse Tree. From the back cover, we read this:

“I don’t want a Christmas you can buy.
I don’t want a Christmas you can make.
What I want is a Christmas you can hold.
A Christmas that holds me,
remakes me, revives me.
I want a Christmas that whispers, Jesus.”

Twenty-five devotions — a kind of lectio divina, beginning with her selections from Scripture, dipping into the grand story from Genesis to Luke 2′s story of Jesus’ birth, and then a reflection, the latter always graced with her poetic gifts. You can’t summarize Ann; you must read her or not read her. She’s not a professor; she’s a poet. Then a brief meditation, and a clip from another writer (from Buechner to Corrie Ten Boom). Then time for reflection …

All in all, an Advent book to lead you into participation in the Advent story. But it will take your devotional time for each day.

About Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author of more than forty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL.