Hope in the Wilderness Hope in the Wilderness
Bible Readings from Advent to Epiphany

David Winter
ISBN 9781841012582 (1841012580)
BRF (Bible Reading Fellowship), 2003

Category: Seasonal
Subcategory: Advent & Christmas
Reviewed by: Sue Groom

If you're anything like me, you dread the run up to Christmas, there is so much to do and I invariably seem to end up doing things at the very last minute. That is why I really appreciate the BRF Advent Books which help me to remember the real meaning of Christmas. This year's Advent Book is entitled Hope in the Wilderness, which sounds more like a Lent Book. But as the author David Winter reminds us,

'Advent' means 'coming', a time of year when Christians prepare to celebrate the first coming of Jesus and look forward to his return. This book is about one of the great departures and arrivals of history, culminating in the 'coming' into the promised land of the people of Israel.

It takes you through the Book of Exodus with a biblical passage to be read each day, some comments on the text and a reflection. The reflections help us to see how the story of the Exodus is relevant to our lives today. As David Winter writes,

This is a story with profound meaning for many people at the personal level. I began this book while my wife was ill in hospital and completed it in the first year of a painful bereavement. For me it became the story of a slow and arduous journey through a barren and desolate landscape towards a place of distant promise.

I heartily recommend it.

Sue Groom, October 2003

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).

BRF (Bible Reading Fellowship)

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