Review of “Watch For The Light” – Readings For Advent & Christmas

*I received an email from Handlebar Publishing/Kickstand Books with a request to review “Watch For The Light – Reading for Advent & Christmas” and give my opinion. I received a copy of “Ingredients for Success”, but was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*

I received an email from Handlebar Publishing/Kickstand Books with a request to review “Watch For The Light – Reading for Advent & Christmas“.  Looking at the book’s cover, I was immediately interested in what would be inside. Seeing that some of the authors were C.S. Lewis, Annie Dillard (and more), I knew that there would be some great stories inside.

The book begins on November 24th with a great story to read and think about.  There are a few pages to read each day, and I cannot wait to sit as a family and enjoy the stories.  It’s always a blessing to sit together and learn from God’s word and someone else’s thoughts on certain verses, topics, etc.  As the back cover says, it’s “from the world’s best-loved writers – a spiritual reading for every day of the holiday season.”  With the world like it is today and the media trying to put all of the glory on Black Friday and Santa, we need to try extra hard as families, especially parents with children, to keep the true meaning of the season being the forefront of our homes.  Having this book to read each night will for sure help us to do that.

So hurry up November 24th…I’m ready to start reading!!  😉

Watch For The Light

Readings for Advent & Christmas




Though Christians the world over make yearly preparations for Lent, there’s a conspicuous lack of good books for that other great spiritual season: Advent. All the same, this four-week period leading up to Christmas is making a comeback as growing numbers reject shopping-mall frenzy and examine the deeper meaning of the season. Ecumenical in scope, these fifty devotions invite the reader to contemplate the great themes of Christmas and the significance that the coming of Jesus has for each of us – not only during Advent, but every day. Whether dipped into at leisure or used on a daily basis, Watch for the Light gives the phrase “holiday preparations” new depth and meaning. Includes writings by Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt, Sylvia Plath, J. B. Phillips, Friedrich Wilhelm Foerster, Henri Nouwen, Bernard of Clairvaux, Kathleen Norris, Meister Eckhart, St. Thomas Aquinas, Karl Rahner, Isaac Penington, Madeleine L’Engle, Alfred Delp, Loretta Ross-Gotta, William Stringfellow, J. Heinrich Arnold, Edith Stein, Philip Britts, Jane Kenyon, John Howard Yoder, Emmy Arnold, Karl Barth, Oscar Romero, William Willimon, Johann Christoph Arnold, Gail Godwin, Leonardo Boff, G. M. Hopkins, Evelyn Underhill, Dorothy Day, Brennan Manning, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Romano Guardini, Annie Dillard, Martin Luther, St. John Chrysostom, Giovanni Papini, Dorothee Soelle, C. S. Lewis, Gustavo Gutiérrez, Philip Yancey, J. T. Clement, Thomas Merton, Eberhard Arnold, Ernesto Cardenal, T. S. Eliot, John Donne, Gian Carlo Menotti and Jürgen Moltmann.

Product Details
Paperback: 330 pages
Publisher: Orbis Books (September 9, 2004)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1570755418
ISBN-13: 978-1570755415
Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches




Orbis Books has been a leader in religious publishing since 1970. They offer a wide range of books on prayer, spirituality, Catholic life, theology, mission and current affairs. The publishing arm of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, Orbis Books addresses a broad readership exploring the global dimensions of faith, inviting dialogue with diverse cultures and traditions, and serving the cause of reconciliation and peace.

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