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Christmas by Candlelight Christmas by Candlelight
Readings and Reflections from Advent to Epiphany

David Thomson
ISBN 9781850786993 (1850786992)
Authentic, 2006

Category: Seasonal
Subcategory: Advent & Christmas

This small book of daily Bible readings and reflections for Advent follows the themes associated with the four candles of the Advent wreath: the first week looks at The Patriarchs - Pointers of Promise; the second The Prophets - Alarm Calls from God; the third The Baptist - Preparing the Way; the fourth The Birth - Around Christ's Crib.

The subsequent weeks are On to Epiphany - Light to the Nations and Candlemas and Beyond - Light for Our Lives. For each day there is a passage from the Bible included within the text (you will recognise the familiar Carol Service readings), a meditation and a prayer. At the end of each week there are suggestions for a group Taking Time Together.

This is well-written and engaging with poetry, prose and pictures. Plenty of food for thought. The author encourages us to put the waiting back into the wanting.

Sue Groom, October 2006

The Revd Sue Groom is the Director of Deanery Licensed Ministry for the Kensington Episcopal Area of London. Before this she was Vicar of St Matthew's, Yiewsley and also served as the Reader Training Officer for the Willesden Episcopal Area. She is the author of Linguistic Analysis of Biblical Hebrew (Paternoster Press, 2003).


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