Okay, so I’m early (a proper lady is never late). But it’s never too early to plan for Christmas, right?
I simply must share this little treasure with you. It’s a book called Watch for the Light and it includes readings from Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Dorothy Day, Madeleine L’Engle, Martin Luther, Kathleen Norris, Henri Nouwen, Philip Yancey, Karl Barth, Síren Kierkegaard. Thomas Aquinas, C. S. Lewis and more.
Madeleine L’Engle, people!
I love her. Do you know her books? (Go ahead. Click on the link. I’ll wait.)
Impressed, aren’t ya? Oh. Yeah. She’s one of my favorites.
But then again, who doesn’t also love Yancy, Luther and C.S. Lewis?
I have a confession. I dread Christmas every year. It wears me out more and more. As a pastor’s wife and musician, mother and grandmother, director of the Christmas program and all the social events at the church, there is just too much to get done in a short time (pastor’s wives of small rural churches are overworked, but that’s another post).
I’m going to make the effort this year to enjoy this book beginning four weeks before Christmas and try to capture the real essence of the holiday. There are fifty devotions that will take me from the end of November to after the Day of Ephiphany. Isn’t that marvelous?
I’ll also use it as a devotional at all our Christmas parties — the women’s ministry, the choir, the elder’s and deacons–you get the picture.
It’s really a great book for ministers to have on their shelves. Actually, every Christian who loves the holiday will enjoy this book and I hope everyone who enjoys reading will check this one out because this is not only a great book to read but also a unique, beautiful book to give as a gift. If you have friends who are into well-written literature, this is perfect. And its charming 5″ x 7″ size just adds to its appeal. In this day of digital books, I can’t wait to gift this book to my friends next year.
This book earned a hefty five out of five stars from me. I can hardly wait until Christmas!