Top Advent Resources 2017

Evening light falls across Holy Island. Lindisfarne, England. 

Evening light falls across Holy Island. Lindisfarne, England. 

Here's my round-up of Advent resources for 2017. 

Earlier this year for Lent, I enjoyed Walter Brueggemann's short, powerful, and challenging reflections immensely. Based on that experience I'm continuing with his guide for Advent (see below).

City Church San Francisco offers a free PDF download of the Jessie Tree. This guide includes a daily scripture, reflection, and daily original ornament for display. 

A friend recommends this series from TR-BE focusing on racial justice & reconciliation. It is well worth considering for your daily Advent readings. 

Another friend recommends the free  Advent Project from Biola University which includes "art, music, poetry, and a short daily devotional." 

If you have more Advent resources you recommend, please send me an email or let me know in the comments below and I'll update the list through the season.


Celebrating Abundance by Walter Brueggeman

"This powerful devotional by best-selling author Walter Brueggemann includes daily reflections on the Scriptures and stories of Advent in order to invite us to see beyond the worlds faux extravagance and realize the true feast laid out before us. Twelve prayers are also included for the twelve days of Christmas."

God is in the the Manger by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

"These stirring words are among forty devotions that guide and inspire readers as they move thematically through the weeks of Advent and Christmas, from waiting and mystery to redemption, incarnation, and joy. Supplemented by an informative introduction, short excerpts from Bonhoeffer's letters, and passages from his Christmas sermons, these daily devotions are timeless and moving reminders of the true gift of Christmas."

Advent and Christmas Wisdom from Henri Nouwen

"Each day of the Advent season (28 in all, to accommodate the varying number of days in the season) and each day of Christmas (12 in all, ending with Jesus' baptism in the Jordan by John the Baptist) contain a pertinent excerpt from the writings of Father Nouwen, a related quotation from Scripture, a prayer for the day, and a suggested activity that offers a concrete response to mark the season."

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Preparing for Christmas by Richard Rohr

"'Advent is not about a sentimental waiting for the Baby Jesus,' Richard Rohr asserts. Advent is a time to focus our expectations and anticipation on 'the adult Christ, the Cosmic Christ,' who challenges us to empty ourselves, to lose ourselves, to surrender.

Richard Rohr’s Scriptural reflections for Advent are the perfect preparation for the Christmas season. This beautiful redesign provides daily reflections for the Advent season, along with each day's Scripture readings and questions for reflection."

Watch for the Light an anthology

"Includes 50 writings by Sylvia Plath, Bernard of Clairvaux, Kathleen Norris, Meister Eckhart, Madeleine L’Engle, John Howard Yoder, Karl Barth, Oscar Romero, G. M. Hopkins, Evelyn Underhill, Dorothy Day, Brennan Manning, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Annie Dillard, Martin Luther, St. John Chrysostom, Gustavo Gutiérrez, Philip Yancey, Thomas Merton, Ernesto Cardenal, T. S. Eliot, John Donne, Gian Carlo Menotti, Jürgen Moltmann, and more."

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Night Visions by Jan Richardson

"Original artwork, reflections, poetry, and prayers draw the reader into the quiet spaces of an often-frenzied season. Beautifully designed with color artwork throughout, Night Visionsbeckons us to encounter the God who dwells in darkness as well as in daylight."

Ryan Moore