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Honest Advent

Awakening to the Wonder of God-With-Us Then, Here, and Now - 25 Readings for Advent and Christmas [Paperback]

by Scott Erickson

A blend of stirring images and powerful reflections, Honest Advent by Scott Erickson helps you celebrate the innate wonder of what Christmas means.

  • Want an honest look at what Advent means?

  • These contemplative reflections help you see Advent as a time of wonder

  • You'll be encouraged to creatively engage with the Bible this Advent

  • Author

    Scott Erickson

  • Book Format

    Paperback / softback

  • Publisher

    Zondervan

  • Published

    October 2020

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In a world that's difficult to make sense of, and a season that's so often overtaken by consumerism, here you'll find heart-stirring illustrations and thought-provoking meditations designed to show you the raw, powerfully sacred story of Christmas in a new light.

Has the joy of the holiday season become painfully dissonant with the hard edges of life? Do you feel weary from the way Christmas has become a polished, predictable brand? You aren't alone. For too many of us, Christmas has lost its wonder. What if we stopped treating the Christmas story as something that happened a long time ago and started believing that it's a story that's still happening today?

From celebrated artist and storyteller Scott Erickson comes Honest Advent, 25 days of illustrations and meditations that will help you rekindle the wonder of this season. Honest Advent creates a space for you to encounter the Incarnate Christ in unexpected places: like a pregnancy announcement in an era of political unrest and empirical bloodshed, the morning sickness of a Middle Eastern teenager, and the shocking biology of birth that goes far beyond the sanitized brand of Christmas as we know it today.

Within the pages of Honest Advent, Erickson teaches us the valuable lessons he's learned about:

  • Finding hope and light in the darkest winters
  • What it means to embrace the unexpected
  • How God uses everyday vulnerability to help us understand ourselves, and our faith, better

Through powerful benedictions, prayers, and questions for honest reflection, you'll discover how the wonder of God-with-Us is still happening today: in your unexpected change of plans, your unaccomplished dreams, your overcrowded lodging, and your humble stories of new beginnings.

Praise for Honest Advent:

"Scott Erickson's beautifully crafted book helped me see God-with-Us with fresh eyes. Honest Advent is no shallow seasonal gift book; it's an invitation to explore the divine flourishes of everyday human vulnerabilities. A transformative read, regardless of the time of year."

--Jonathan Merritt, author of Learning to Speak God from Scratch

"Beautiful. Evocative. A wake-up call to the mystery of life."

--John Mark Comer, author of The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry

Is the Christmas story just something that happened a long time ago . . . or is it a story that is still happening today?

For too many of us the celebration of Christmas has lost its wonder. Maybe for you it has become a bittersweet season of complicated family rituals, or a predictable brand masking unquenchable consumerism, or simply a sacred story that feels far from any relevance in our current chaotic world.

Honest Advent seeks to illuminate the astonishing, hope-filled truth that the God who showed up in the hardest parts of our humanity is still showing up today in those same places.

Celebrated artist-storyteller Scott Erickson gives us 25 days of refreshingly new illustrations and meditations to rekindle the wonder of God-with-Us in this season. We often forget that the encounter with the incarnate Christ happens in unexpected places, like a pregnancy announcement in an time of political unrest and empirical bloodshed, the morning sickness of a Middle Eastern teenager, or the shocking biology of home birth that goes far beyond the sanitized brand of Christmas as we know it.

Through contemplative observations, sacred questioning, and honest prayers, you will discover that the wonder of God-with-Us is still happening today - in your unexpected change of plans, your unaccomplished dreams, your unforeseen message in the stars, your humble new beginnings. “Let’s go and see” is the relevant invitation to finding God-With-us today as it was back then.

Specification

  • Author

    Scott Erickson

  • Book Format

    Paperback / softback

  • Publisher

    Zondervan

  • Published

    October 2020

  • Weight

    266g

  • Page Count

    224

  • Dimensions

    137 x 213 x 13 mm

  • ISBN

    9780310361879

  • ISBN-10

    0310361877

  • Eden Code

    5290878

More Information

  • Author/Creator: Scott Erickson

  • ISBN: 9780310361879

  • Publisher: Zondervan

  • Release Date: October 2020

  • Weight: 266g

  • Dimensions: 137 x 213 x 13 mm

  • Eden Code: 5290878


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