“Maybe it’s not right to think of feasting during the somewhat penitential season of Advent, but that is what this book is: a rich feast.” –Lauren F. Winner
In keeping with At the Still Point: A Literary Guide to Prayer in Ordinary Time, this collection of daily and weekly readings from classic and contemporary literature invites you on a journey through the liturgical seasons of winter. New voices such as Amit Majmudar and Susanna Childress are paired with well-loved classics by Dickens, Andersen, and Eliot. Light in the darkness of winter, illuminating the soul.
What people are saying:
“In our individual darknesses we long for more light. Sarah Arthur understands this, and, as if pulling together scores of candles with burning wicks, she illuminates our whole year with the gift of flaming words. A treasure of enlightenment.”
—Luci Shaw, poet and author of Breath for the Bones and Adventure of Ascent.
“For years I have been seeking a book which weaves scripture, prayer and the finest poetry and fiction into the devotional experience of Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany. Finally I have found it: an elegant and accessible gem with some classic texts and a rich selection from contemporary literature. This is not only a useful book, it is edifying and exciting reading—the perfect way for the literature lover to focus, meditate and celebrate this time of year, providing a fresh view of what the birth of Christ means to a shattered and fragile world and revealing a way forward through words and the Word.”
—Jill Peláez Baumgaertner, poet; Professor of English and Dean of Humanities and Theological Studies, Wheaton College.
“A beautifully navigated journey through a treasury of literary wisdom – a book to cherish.” —Jeremy Begbie, Professor of Theology and director of Duke University Initiatives in Theology and the Arts.
- IMAGE Journal
- Christianity Today
- RELEVANT Magazine
- Covenant blog review
- The Cresset Journal
- The Happy Catholic
- The SciFi Christian— one of the most insightful & eloquent reviews out there!
- Faith Alive Books
- Bas Bleu 2014 Holiday Reading List
- Seeking the Abundance
- Thoughts from Leslie Leyland Fields
- Cara Meredith’s weekly Advent reflections
- Thoughts from Dorothy Greco
- Thoughts from Meadow Rue Merrill
Contributing Authors and Poets:
Marci Rae Johnson
Joan Rae Mills
Mary F. C. Pratt
Suzanne Underwood Rhodes
Benjamin Alire Saenz
Gary D. Schmidt
Jeanne Murray Walker
Walter Wangerin, Jr.
Paul J. Willis