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All I Really Want

Readings for a Modern Christmas

By Quinn G. Caldwell

About the Book

Sometimes the happiest and holiest time of the year is also the hardest for people to enjoy. These daily readings offer the skeptic, the over-committed the opportunity to make room-perhaps just enough room for God to show up. The weeks leading up to Christmas can spark a strong spiritual longing for more. Although it may never be articulated, we sense beneath those longings is a yearning for an experience of God. These brief writings address the challenges and realities of the season and include a simple action, ritual or meditation designed to gently steer the reader toward the deeper meaning that underlies the season.

Smart, witty, edgy — and always hopeful — readings by Quinn Caldwell include a brief prayer for each morning and evening during the entire Christmas season. This book takes seriously the modern person's hunger for meaning and import in a season that feels increasingly frivolous. Includes a calendar with one easy task to do each day.

About the Author

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Quinn G. Caldwell is minister at Plymouth Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, Syracuse, NY. Caldwell is well-known in the wider United Church of Christ (UCC) as a member of the UCC Stillspeaking Writers' Group and an author for the Stillspeaking Daily Devotionals. He is a former associate minister at Old South Church in Boston and since January has led the Under-40 Writers Group for the UCC website's Feed Your Spirit section on the denomination's global reach. Caldwell graduated from Cornell with a BS in natural resources in 1999, and received his master's in divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York City in 2003.