Watch for the Light is a book I learned about a few years ago with Advent meditations from a wide variety of thinkers, theologians, and writers – some historical, and others current day, some expected and some very unexpected.
Though Christians the world over make yearly preparations for
Lent, there’s a conspicuous lack of good books for that other great
spiritual season: Advent. All the same, this four-week period leading up
to Christmas is making a comeback as growing numbers reject
shopping-mall frenzy and examine the deeper meaning of the season.
Ecumenical in scope,
these fifty devotions invite the reader to contemplate the great themes
of Christmas and the significance that the coming of Jesus has for each
of us – not only during Advent, but every day. Whether dipped into at
leisure or used on a daily basis, Watch for the Light gives the phrase “holiday preparations” new depth and meaning.
Includes writings by
Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt, Sylvia Plath, J. B. Phillips, Friedrich
Wilhelm Foerster, Henri Nouwen, Bernard of Clairvaux, Kathleen Norris,
Meister Eckhart, St. Thomas Aquinas, Karl Rahner, Isaac Penington,
Madeleine L’Engle, Alfred Delp, Loretta Ross-Gotta, William
Stringfellow, J. Heinrich Arnold, Edith Stein, Philip Britts, Jane
Kenyon, John Howard Yoder, Emmy Arnold, Karl Barth, Oscar Romero,
William Willimon, Johann Christoph Arnold, Gail Godwin, Leonardo Boff,
G. M. Hopkins, Evelyn Underhill, Dorothy Day, Brennan Manning, Dietrich
Bonhoeffer, Romano Guardini, Annie Dillard, Martin Luther, St. John
Chrysostom, Giovanni Papini, Dorothee Soelle, C. S. Lewis, Gustavo
Gutiérrez, Philip Yancey, J. T. Clement, Thomas Merton, Eberhard Arnold,
Ernesto Cardenal, T. S. Eliot, John Donne, Gian Carlo Menotti and