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Advent With Forward Movement
Looking for Advent devotions, Christmas inspiration, and other resources? Forward Movement has you covered! With some new publications, and other old favorites, there are many options for deepening faith this season.
I Witness: Living Inside the Stories of Advent & Christmas, by Kate Moorehead
Many of us have heard the story of Jesus' birth, but have we lived inside it? This devotional book invites us to enter the story of salvation with our hearts and minds wide open, experiencing the miracle of Jesus through the eyes of witnesses: Zechariah, Elizabeth, Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, the wise men, and others. Moorehead encourages us to bear witness ourselves—both then and now—to the marvel and majesty of a babe born in a manger, of Christ our King.
These daily devotionals offer a companion through the seasons of Advent and Christmas and urge us to keep reading, keep listening, keep learning. The story of Christ's birth can be both familiar and new in each re-telling. Come and see. Price is $7 each, or $5 each for 5 or more – also available on Kindle, Nook, and iTunes
What Are You Waiting For? by Christine McSpadden
Get in line. Take a number. Count down the days. We spend so much of our lives waiting: waiting for a new job or a well-deserved vacation; for love or an apology; for test results or cures to kick in; for things to stabilize or to get shaken up. At no other time of the year may the theme of waiting feel so poignant than the season of Advent.
This year, while waiting for things mundane to things sublime, embark on a seasonal journey with daily meditations that will work on your soul to bring a richer quality and depth to your waiting. These reflections are perfect for individual use and are affordably priced to share with your entire congregation. Only $5 each – also available on Kindle, Nook, and iTunes
Slow Down. Quiet. It’s Advent! – 2017 Advent Calendar
This 2017 calendar poster, with Illustrations by Jay Sidebotham, suggests ways to mark the days through the Advent season. The calendar offers ideas for prayer, helping others, and being thoughtful about the true meaning of Christmas. Take our advice to your hearts and to your walls: Slow down. Quiet. It’s Advent! Perfect for the whole congregation!
Sold in shrink wrapped packs of 25, posters are 17” x 22”, folded to 8.5” x 11.” Price is only $12 for each pack of 25
More Advent Resources from Forward Movement
Dog in the Manger: Finding God in Christmas Chaos
With laugh-out-loud humor anchored by spiritual truths, author Tim Schenck helps us maintain our spiritual sanity through the often-frenetic chaos of Advent and Christmas. Illustrated by popular cartoonist Jay Sidebotham, Dog in the Manger also explores the major characters of the season in new ways, including John the Baptist, Mary, Joseph and of course, Jesus. Thoughtful questions following each section make Dog in the Manger ideal for personal or group use.
Dawn from on High
In these inspiring and accessible meditations, John Alexander provides a theologically rich and biblically grounded journey through Advent, Christmastide, and the first days of Epiphanytide. Based on the eucharistic lectionary of The Episcopal Church, Father Alexander takes the reader into the heart of Advent's focus on "last things" and then the Incarnation of Jesus Christ. Preachers will find in this volume a useful resource for preparing their own sermons, but any Christian will benefit from these homilies as we seek a focus on the great mysteries of our salvation.
Expecting Jesus: Daily Meditations for Advent and Christmas
Are you expecting Jesus this Christmas? Are you prepared to receive him? Author, priest, and new mom Danielle Tumminio explores birth—both the physical birth of Jesus and the metaphorical opportunities for rebirth in our spiritual lives.
Advent offers a time for preparation, to wait in hopeful expectation for the coming of our Savior. On Christmas, we celebrate Jesus' birth and, through him, the amazing possibilities for transforming ourselves and the world. Each meditation begins with scripture and ends with questions for individual or small-group study.
Forward Movement is a ministry dedicated to inspiring disciples and empowering evangelists by producing innovative resources to encourage spiritual growth. Forward Movement offers books and ebooks, Christian formation courses, leadership events, Spanish and bilingual resources, pamphlets, downloadable resources, and online engagement opportunities. For a full listing of our Advent and Christmas resources and more, visit www.forwardmovement.org. The resources in this article were selected by Jason Merritt, Marketing Manager at Forward Movement.