A Book for Advent

Advent is a season so misunderstood, by myself as well as others, that I thought it would be a good thing to write a review about a book that helps initiate the uninitiated into its anticipatory charm.

I’ve been reading a book this Advent that I highly recommend. It’s called Advent and Christmas: Wisdom from G.K. Chesterton. It’s a companion in a series of books about wisdom from many writers and thinkers. Since I haven’t dipped into any of them other than the Chesterton book, I can’t recommend the rest of them while maintaining my integrity.

This book, though, is brilliantly formulaic. It goes through each day of advent with a series of very small (a paragraph or two) reflections taken from various writings of Chesterton, a short reading from the Bible, a short prayer, and ends with a small contextual practice for the day.

While Chesterton gets a bit wordy for most of us 21st century Americans, this book highlights his wisdom in short readable chunks. This book is totally approachable while at the same time totally educational.

The best thing about this book is the combination of literary ideas, spiritual readings, prayer, and interesting actions to take that help you delve more deeply into the spirit of Advent. The length of writings for each day also makes it incredibly accessible.

Well, that’s it for the review. You probably won’t be hearing from us again until after the Holidays, so I want to say thank you again for being here and reading this and may God bless you. May you have a very Merry and “Wonder”-ful Christmas and a happy New Year!

If you’re still interested in this book, check out Day 5 as an example piece.

Day 5

Appreciation 

The aim of life is appreciation; there is no sense in not appreciating things; and there is no sense in having more of them if you have less appreciation of them. 

G.K. Chesterton
AUTOBIOGRAPHY 

Learning Contentment

I have learned to be content with whatever I have. I know what it is to have little, and I know what it is to have plenty. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being well-fed and of going hungry, of having plenty and of being in need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. 

-PHILIPPIANS 4:11–13

Prayer 

Lord, may we learn what it means to appreciate what we do have instead of constantly stewing over what we do not have. Teach us this secret of contentment that Chesterton and the Apostle Paul knew so well. ADVENT ACTION Find an ordinary object that you already own and truly value. The object may be as commonplace as a handbag or pair of boots, as homey as a basket or bowl, as symbolic as a book or soccer ball. Place this object as the centerpiece on your table or in a prominent place where you will notice it frequently. Each time it comes to your attention, consider a new way of appreciating it, thanking God for its qualities and the joy it brings you.

Advent Action

Find an ordinary object that you already own and truly value. The object may be as commonplace as a handbag or pair of boots, as homey as a basket or bowl, as symbolic as a book or a soccer ball. Place this object as the centerpiece on your table or in a prominent place where you will notice it frequently. Each time it comes to your attention, consider a new way of appreciating it, thanking God for its qualities and the joy it brings you.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s