Advent Reading

I bring it up every year, but I’ll say it again. If you even think you might like a daily devotional (that doesn’t even have to be daily, by the way) during Advent, buy God with Us: Rediscovering the Meaning of Christmas. It includes reflections from the likes of Kathleen Norris and Richard John Neuhaus, among others, and in the midst of their thoughts, prayers, and Scripture readings you will find beautiful paintings and prints from throughout the ages that help tell the story of Jesus’ birth. An adult Advent calendar. I read it every year, and since my devotional life is quite sporadic, every year it is new. Last year, I seem to have read the Second Sunday of Advent, because I remember it. But the first Thursday of Advent was quite new to me. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

But. If you don’t want to shell out $20 or if you know you won’t even begin to read a book about Advent, then at least check out some lovely posts from other writers:

Can the Christmas Rush be Meaningful? by Ellen Painter Dollar

Becoming a Woman of Hope by Nancy Jo Sullivan (which includes a story about her daughter Sarah, who had Down syndrome)

The Lord is With Thee, a poem by Micah Boyett (very accessible even if you’re afraid of poetry!)

Light Your Candles Quietly, also by Micah Boyett, this time in prose.

Enjoy, ponder, become.

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About Amy Julia Becker

Amy Julia Becker writes and speaks about family, faith, disability, and culture. A graduate of Princeton University and Princeton Theological Seminary, she is the author of Penelope Ayers: A Memoir, A Good and Perfect Gift (Bethany House), and Why I Am Both Spiritual and Religious (Patheos Press).


  1. Anna Wallis says:

    I went and visited Nancy Jo Sullivan, thank you for the link. Beautiful.

  2. Nancy Huggett says:

    I heard Kathleen Norris speak at the book launch here in Ottawa at the National Gallery in 2008, what a treat! Then was given the book that Christmas from our chosen family and I read it as my reflection before meditation every morning during the season of advent. Its funny though, this year my daughter Jessie has asked me to read it with her before bed. So we snuggle (as much as you can with a 22 year old) and read it together. What a gift that is this year.