We have once again entered the Advent season, the season of looking back and leaning forward, of remembering Christ’s first coming and longing for his return. We are easily distracted by the commercial racket of the holiday season. To help us stay focused on the Savior each day, I suggest picking up some Advent devotional reading. There are several resources available:

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, God is in the Manger

Calvin Miller, The Christ of Christmas

John Piper, The Dawning of Indestructible Joy 

Heidi Haverkamp, Advent in Narnia

And the edited collection, Watch for the Light

Or, even better, you might pick up some Advent doctrinal reading. As C.S. Lewis says, “For my own part I tend to find the doctrinal books often more helpful in devotion than the devotional books, and I rather suspect that the same experience may await many others. I believe that many who find that ‘nothing happens’ when they sit down, or kneel down, to a book of devotion, would find that the heart sings unbidden while they are working their way through a tough bit of theology with a pipe in their teeth and a pencil in their hand.”

This wonderful line from Lewis is part of his introduction to Athanasius’ On the Incarnation. If you prefer the way of the pipe and the pencil, I recommend starting with Athanasius’ work.

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