Advent Reading List
Advent season has come upon us! Literally, since it derives from a variation of the Latin word for “coming.” Often times when one hears Advent, they may think about the early stages of setting up Christmas decorations and transitioning into household holiday traditions. Advent signifies the transition of physical space and season, and so it calls for the transition of our mental space as well. Among the wreaths and candles, we reflect on what aspects are personal to us in this new beginning, specific memories of previous Advents that reveal lessons to us now, and lessons we seek out for our future growth.
We’ve asked several church members for literature that comes to mind in preparing for Advent and have compiled them into a reading list below. There’s poetry that can be used as devotionals and for family gatherings, informative and inspiring paperbacks, and children’s books. We hope each text feeds your spiritual goals for this new coming!
The Mood of Christmas by Howard Thurman
African American theologian Howard Thurman boasts a collection of contemplative and compassionate yuletide writings, all of different lengths and of prosodic and poetic forms.
Kneeling in Bethlehem by Anne Weems
Being Peace by Thich Nhat Hanh
Amazing Peace by Maya Angelou
Believe by Desmond Tutu
Stories Behind the Greatest Hits of Christmas by Ace Collins
Collins discusses how certain Christmas songs came to be. These classic songs and their stories will resonate well with audiences of all ages.
Christmas Customs Around the World by Herbert H. Wernecke
Stories Behind the Greatest Traditions of Christmas by Ace Collins
The Vigil by Wendy M. Wright
This semi-autobiographical meditation combines scripture and liturgical elements, serving as a good companion through Christmas.
The Drama of Christmas by Morton Kelsey
Refuge by Anne Bouth and Sam Usher
This children’s book depicts the nativity story with a lens on the experience of Mary and Joseph as refugees on their journey. Through vast yet serene illustration, Bouth and Usher communicate the universality of this experience and its relevance to this day.
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
Charlie Brown Christmas by Maggie Testa and Charles M. Schulz
The Little Fir Tree by Margaret Wise Brown
How Many Miles to Bethlehem? by Kevin Crossley-Holland
The Nativity illustrated by Julie Vivas
Three Christmas Journeys by Ro Willoughby and David Miller
Manger a collection of poems selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins and Helen Cann