Just last night I came across a series of books devoted to helping followers of Christ prepare for and celebrate Christmas. The Advent and Christmas Wisdom series includes 15 different books. Each one offers selected writings from influential Christians past and present, including Henri Nouwen, St. Francis of Assissi, Thomas Aquinas, Augustine, and Pope Francis. Last night I purchased one for my Kindle that draws from the writings of G.K. Chesterton to help me focus on Christ through the season.
The events and tasks surrounding Christmas can prevent us from actually focusing on the significance of Christ’s incarnation. What I like about this series is that each entry includes a reading from the spiritual thinker that the particular book is devoted to, a short Scripture reading, a prayer, and “An Advent Action”. The Advent Action involves some sort of concrete application. It could be something to pray about, meditate on, or some other act to do related to that day’s content.
Each day’s readings are short. Unlike some much longer and more involved advent devotionals, this one is not overly burdensome. Chesterton’s even includes bits of his humor. For example, today’s reading discussed “the bulbous heads” of children. If you want to know what that has to do with Advent, pick up the book!
I recommend choosing a book up from this series to help you focus on and celebrate the Advent of Christ.